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Guide to Company Incorporation in The Netherlands

January 10, 2011, 1:01 pm
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1. What is the minimum share capital of a Dutch BV (Limited Liability Company)?
The most common business form in Netherlands is the Limited Liability Company, or the BV, which can be set up with a minimum capital of only 1 EUR - since October 2012. The capital is divided into non-transferable registered shares.

2. What is the minimum share capital for a Dutch NV (Joint Stock Company)?
The Joint Stock Company is used for larger enterprises and therefore the minimum capital that needs to be provided by the shareholders reaches 45,000 EUR. The shares of a Joint Stock Company are freely transferable to the public.

3. Are there any special requirements for establishing a BV in Netherlands?

A Dutch BV or Limited Liability Company may be incorporated by one or more natural persons or legal entities by execution of a notarial deed which must be in Dutch language. Prior to commencing the incorporation procedure a declaration of no objection must be obtained from the Ministry of Justice of Netherlands. The company must have at least one director who can be of any nationality and there is no regulation for residency in Netherlands. The registration procedure is simply completed by submitting several documents which can be forwarded to the necessary institutions by a legal representative authorized through power of attorney. As a rule any company registered in Netherlands must have a registered office for tax purposes.

4. How can I register for VAT in Netherlands?
Before starting the VAT registration process, one company needs to decide whether it is or isn't subject to VAT tax. If the company intends to supply goods or services to Dutch clients, it should be registered in the Dutch system of Value Added Tax. This system functions with same regulations as all member states of EU, which means the principles and structure of the tax are basically the same. In order to register for VAT foreign traders must apply for registration to the Tax Authority from which they will receive a questionnaire that needs to be completed. Along with this form, the registration certificate and articles of association must be provided. Issuance of the registration number may be completed in over three weeks.

5. How can I open a bank account in Netherlands?
Setting up a bank account in Netherlands is a mandatory provision for a foreign company for depositing the initial capital. The founders of the company may dispose of the capital after receiving the registration certificate. Any bank requests a proof of existence for an account titular and in most cases a passport suffices. The procedure can be completed by sending a legal representative authorized to open the bank account through power of attorney. However in some cases banks may request personal visit of the bank titular. It is advisable for an entrepreneur to search a Dutch bank and make an inquiry as for the necessity of the visit. A Dutch bank account offers many applications, including internet banking meant to ease the process of administration of the account for the foreign trader.

6. How can I recruit personnel in Netherlands?
Netherlands has a well trained and productive workforce and a newly established company looking to hire personnel will be pleased to find qualified candidates for most jobs. Using internet websites is very useful, as many Dutch portals offer plenty of applications meant to ease the selection process. Also recruitment agencies are plenty and can help an entrepreneur to select the best suited candidates for the jobs offered.

7. What is the average salary in Netherlands?

The quality of life in Netherlands is one of the highest in Europe, a fact that reflects in the average salary of Dutch employees which reaches over 2,500 EUR.

8. What is the overall economical situation in Netherlands?
The Netherlands economy is well known for stable industrial business relations, the food industry being the predominant industrial activity. However many other industrial sectors are valuable. The country has moderate unemployment and inflation and an important role as a European transportation hub. Ranking as one of the most attractive countries for foreign investment, the Netherlands has been the recipient of millions of foreign traders. The economic growth of the country has been spectacular in the last decades, however the world recession has left its mark on the economy of Netherlands, a smaller development rate being recorded since 2008.

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