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Commercial register and tax administration

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If you want to start a business, you need to be registered with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KvK) and the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. This page offers information on how to go about doing this. To know what fiscal information you will need to register with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, you can download a formExternal link (pdf, in Dutch) from the site of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. You do not need to fill in or send the form yourself.

Registration in the Dutch Commercial Register

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Online registration procedure via Message Box

You can apply for registration at the Dutch Commercial 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 Commercial Register. The latter is necessary if your company has a permanent establishmentExternal link in the Netherlands. If you represent a foreign company that is not registered in the Dutch Commercial 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 AdministrationExternal link yourself. If you want to know which form you need to complete, please use the Registration of Foreign Businesses (RBO) aidExternal link.

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