Why invest in the Netherlands?
Investing in the Netherlands means choosing one of the EU countries most prone to international investment and the internationalization of companies, not only because of the advantageous tax system with a tax rate of 21% for companies and 16%, but also a complex system of advanced infrastructures.
The Netherlands is mainly chosen as the headquarters of the holding and distribution companies and as an international hub for the re-export of goods thanks also to the platforms of Rotterdam (by sea) and Schilpol (by air). On this last platform there is also a type 2 Free Trade Zone.
Political stability, belonging to the European Union and geographical location make the country ideal for carrying out entrepreneurial activities.
The Netherlands is now also the first global partner for investments in India. Anyone wishing from Holland, investing in Indian companies, will not be subject to taxation upon the sale of their shareholding, either in India or in the Netherlands.
The Dutch system.
The Netherlands adheres to the Union Customs Code and the main international treaties such as CETA.
The country conforms to the main European directives on the subject of labeling, transport documents, invoicing and certifications of origin. The legislation protecting consumers, the market and competition is also very strict, always in line with that of the Community.
Investing in the Netherlands.
The Dutch State pays great attention to investments, whether they come from within or whether they are foreigners and whether they are individuals or legal entities.
The latters is required to open a company in the Netherlands through the constitution of a capital company (BV or NV) and registration in the chamber of commerce (Handelsregister).
The Ministry and local authorities provide incentives for companies that want to locate their business in the Netherlands and especially in certain areas of the country, granting concessions for the purchase of plant and machinery, research and work.
The forms of companies in the Netherlands.
To invest in the Netherlands, one of the company forms made available by the Order must be used, we see in detail:
- The Individual Company, of the rapid
formationis the least bureaucratic form ideal for the very small professional and artisan enterprise, it requires only the registration in the register of the Companies and foresees an unlimited responsibility of the entrepreneur.
- The VF (Vennootschap
onder firma) or General partnership, must be made up of a plurality of shareholders who will be unlimitedly liable for the debts of the company. No minimum share capital is required and each shareholder may administer the company unless otherwise agreed.
- The CV (Commanditaire Vennootschap) or Limited Partnership, characterized by the classic two categories of limited partners and limited partners, the latter limitedly responsible and delegated to administer. Also here minimum capital is not required to be paid and the written form for the constitution is required.
- The NV (Naamloze Vennootschap) or Public limited company, is the preferred form of large companies, requires the constitution by public deed and its statute must be approved by the Ministry of Justice. The minimum share capital must be € 45,000 in registered or bearer shares. The Board of Auditors is required for companies with more than 100 employees or more than 16 million of capital or assets.
- The BV (Besloten Vennootschap) or Private limited company, which can be set up with a minimum capital of € 1.00, with sole shareholder or a plurality of shareholders divided into registered shares and not quotable, ideal for small and medium enterprises in the form company choice.
- The Holding and Foundations, these structures are normally set up to be able to manage and control the activities of a group and foreign holdings. The Holding companies in particular, thanks to a series of international conventions, enjoy the participation exemption, that is, in the prohibition of double taxation and of the corporate system of multiple voting that allows an easy control of the corporate structures and also, in the presence of particular conditions, exploit the possibility of operating in a tax-exempt condition.