The Netherlands

Welcome to the Netherlands

The Netherlands is ranked No. 4 in the world by Forbes’ “Best Countries for Business. With its strategic location it is the perfect country to enter the European market. The political situation is very stable with healthy government finances. Furthermore the Netherlands has a highly skilled multilingual workforce and an excellent infrastructure. The European Commission’s annual Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) ranks the Netherlands as the European leader in digital connectivity.

Over the years, the Netherlands has played a key role in the establishment of the European Union (The Netherlands is a founding member of the European Union).

Overview of services

AMS Financial Group provides its legal, administrative and accounting services in the Netherlands through AMS Netherlands B.V., a licensed and independent service provider supervised by the Dutch Central Bank.

The Dutch office provides a wide range of corporate secretarial, management and accounting services to holding and financing companies, fund vehicles, special purpose foundations, as well as assisting start-ups and structuring transactions.

Our clients range fund structures, corporations, multinational (listed) companies, family offices and high-net-worth individuals.

Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Coordination of set-up of entities
  • Registered office
  • Company secretarial services
  • Director services
  • Accounting services
  • Payroll
  • Assisting start-ups
  • Corporate health-check
  • Regulatory reporting

Forming a Dutch company

The most well-known entities in the Netherlands are: NV’s, cooperatives, foundations, funds for mutual account (“Fonds voor gemene rekening”) and tax-exempt investment institutions.

The most commonly used legal entity in the Netherlands is a limited liability company, the “Besloten vennootschap” or “B.V.”.

A B.V. is incorporated by a notarial deed. A BV can only issue registered shares and can be established with a paid-in capital as low as EUR 0.01. The incorporation can as quick as a couple of days. The notary obtains the signatures of the director(s) and subscriber (or a power of attorney to subscribe) and passes the deed of incorporation. Upon incorporation the B.V. will be registered in the Trade register of the Chamber of Commerce.

Director and Shareholders

The primary responsibilities of the management board of a BV are: the proper management of the company and the preparation of the financial statements. The Board is in charge of determining the strategy of the company. All major decisions have to be taken or approved by the general meeting of shareholders (hereinafter: general meeting). Such decisions include for example; amendments to the articles of association or issuing new shares. Shareholders have the right to vote in the general meeting. There are no restrictions with respect to the nationality or residency of the shareholders.
As a matter of local company law the company must have at least one Director (individual or corporate) and one shareholder (individual or corporate).

Annual reporting

A Dutch BV is required to prepare annual accounts. The annual accounts and the annual (management) report must be published within a period of not more than 12 months. Specific filing requirements depend on the size of the company.  An annual tax return should be filed each year before 1 June.

Taxation

The corporate income tax rate is competitive in Europe with 19 per cent on the first EUR 200,000 and 25 per cent for taxable profits exceeding EUR 200,000.

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