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Registering with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration

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Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst) | Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) | Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

Do you do business in the Netherlands and charge VAT for services performed here, without a permanent establishment in the Netherlands? You will have to register with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. You will not be required to register in the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Commercial Register (Handelsregister).

Taxes, tax numbers and registration as employer

To register with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, you need to complete a form. The Registration of Foreign Businesses (RBO) aidExternal link can help you decide which form you need to complete. The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration then uses your information to determine which taxes you are required to pay, which can include:

Within a few weeks after registration, the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration will send you a letter outlining the relevant information. You may also receive a VAT number and a tax return form. You do not need to submit a separate request for a VAT number. Before you can hire staff, you will first need to register as an employerExternal link for social security purposes with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. You will then receive a payroll tax number and several forms to fill in. The payroll tax number is relevant for filing your annual payroll tax return and communication with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.

Changes

You must notify your tax office in writing of any changes in your name or address detailsExternal link. If you open an outlet at another location, you do not need to report the other outlet to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.

Previous owner's tax regime

If you take over (a part of) a business, you must comply with arrangements which the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration made with the previous owner.

Questions relating to this article?

Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst)

Tax Information Line for non-residents +31 (0)55 538 53 85

Tax Information Line for residents 0800 0543

This information is provided by

Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst)
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK)
Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)