Checklist for ending your business

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO | Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK | Statistics Netherlands, CBS

If you end your business in the Netherlands, you need to adhere to the rules set by the government. You can use this checklist to quickly determine your obligations. This checklist is not meant for entrepreneurs who change their legal structure, who sell or transfer their business or whose business goes bankrupt. In these cases, different rules apply.

This checklist serves merely as a guideline. You may need to fulfil other obligations as well. Several steps can be carried out at the same time.

Please note: Also remember to cancel permits, telephone numbers and subscriptions and to terminate running contracts, for example, for office space.

1. Check whether you are eligible for benefits

If you are a self-employed professional and wish to cease trading, you may receive financial support from your municipality based on the Self-Employed Persons (Provision of Assistance) Decree (Besluit bijstandverlening zelfstandigen, Bbz) or the Older and Partially Disabled (Formerly Self-Employed) Persons Income Support (Inkomensvoorziening oudere en gedeeltelijk arbeidsongeschikte zelfstandigen, IOAZ). One of the conditions is that you are still registered in the Commercial Register.

2. Deregister from the Dutch Commercial Register

You must deregister from the Dutch Commercial Register. You can send the deregistration form to the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KVK) or hand it in personally.

3. Check your deregistration from the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration and settle matters fiscally

KVK will pass on your notification of deregistration to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. You therefore do not have to deregister separately from their registers. You may have to draw up a final balance sheet and settle with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration fiscally.

4. Check whether you are eligible for business discontinuation relief

If you discontinue your business, you may be eligible for discontinuation relief (stakingsaftrek). If you use this facility, you will pay less tax on profits on suspension of business.

5. Keep your business' administration

After your business has ended, you must keep your administration for at least another 7 years. You may save your paper administration digitally.

6. Dismiss your staff

If you employ staff, you must terminate their employment contracts. You require a dismissal permit from the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). If you still owe your employees wages, but cannot pay them due to insolvency, having a dismissal permit will allow you to transmit part of your paying obligations to the UWV. Your employees can claim insolvency benefit from the UWV. You must notify the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration about dismissing your employees.

7. Cancel your business insurances

If your business ceases trading, you must also remember to cancel your business insurances.

8. Discontinue using the domain name of your website

Contact your domain name registrar to discontinue use of a domain name. The registrar will pass on the change to the Foundation for Internet Domain Registration in the Netherlands (SIDN).

Statistics: business closures

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Questions relating to this article?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK
Statistics Netherlands, CBS