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Company Tax in the Netherlands

How to incorporate a company in the Netherlands. Incorporation or formation of Dutch companies.



Companies and taxation in the Netherlands


There are tax advantages for groups or individual companies, which may wish to establish in the Netherlands. The country is not a tax haven, but there is a network of double tax agreements that offer some big advantages.

Requirements and steps for the registration of a BV company

Once it is incorporated, the company must register with the Belastingdienst (Tax Services).

Corporate tax in the Netherlands

In 2012, based on the taxable profits:

  • 20% up to a € 40,000 base
  • 23% between a base of 40,000 and € 200,000
  • Revenues in excess of 25%

Withholding Tax on Dividends

Normallly this is 15% but it can be reduced to zero when:

  • It is another company of the European Union
  • In case of many double taxation agreements
  • A major shareholder is subject to a special exemption