Trust office foundation (STAK)

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Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

You want to give your employees shares in your company. Or you want your business succession to be properly arranged. You can set up a STAK (Stichting administratiekantoor, an administrative office foundation) to help you with this.

What is a STAK?

A STAK is a foundation that manages the shares of your bv. The STAK splits the following 2 rights of a share:

  • Voting rights in the general meeting of shareholders.
  • The right to a share of the profit (dividenduitkering).

The division of these 2 rights is done with certificates of shares. These certificates (certificaten van aandelen) are special shares. They give the employee a right to a share of the profit, but not the right to vote (the right to decide on something). The voting right lies with the board of the STAK.

Why set up a STAK?

A STAK is not mandatory. But there are 2 main reasons why a STAK can be useful for your company.

Retaining and engaging your employees

Through a STAK you can give your staff certificates of shares that entitle them to a share of the company's profits. You give your employees a reason to stay with your company for a long time. And to perform well.

Business succession

You can also use a STAK if one of your children wants to take over the business. You can appoint your successor as board member. They will then have voting rights. Do you have more children? Then they can receive certificates from the STAK. The certificates entitle the holder to a share of the profit.

Setting up a STAK

As with the establishment of a normal foundation, for a STAK you must have a deed drawn up by a civil-law notary. To issue certificates on behalf of the bv, the civil-law notary must also draw up a deed of certification. In addition, the civil-law notary must draw up a deed containing the conditions that apply to holders of the certificates.

Having the deeds drawn up by a notary costs money. The rates for making STAK deeds are not fixed and differ per civil-law notary. Usually, the civil-law notary also arranges registration in the KVK Business Register.

Financial Statement regulations for a STAK

The rules of a foundation apply to drawing up financial statements. This means the STAK is not required to file financial statements. The foundation is not taxed. The foundation does not make a profit on which tax has to be paid. The STAK only has a bank balance for a short while, after the profits have been received and before they have been paid to the certificate holders.

Questions relating to this article?

Please contact the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK