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If you set up a business or legal entity in the Netherlands, you must have it registered with the Dutch Business Register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel, KVK). You are considered a business when you provide services or goods to your clients for a profit. There is a (one-off) registration fee.
Registration in the Dutch Business Register
Online registration procedure via Message Box
You can apply for registration at the Dutch Business Register also via Message Box. For this purpose you will need a level 4 electronic signature (STORK) or signing with the PKI certificate (Public Key Infrastructure). Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.
Registration with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration
Registration with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration happens automatically when you register your business with the Dutch Business Register. The latter is necessary if your company has a permanent establishment in the Netherlands. If you represent a foreign company that is not registered in the Dutch Business Register (i.e. no permanent establishment in the Netherlands), while performing services in the Netherlands that involve VAT, you must register at the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration yourself. If you want to know which form you need to complete, please use the Registration of Foreign Businesses (RBO) aid.
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