An introduction into the Dutch tax system

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If you’re an international entrepreneur starting your business in the Netherlands, understanding taxes is crucial. Navigating the Dutch tax system is essential for compliance, optimizing finances, and setting a strong foundation for growth. In this article, we’ll simplify the complexities of taxes for international entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. We’ll provide a concise overview to help you make informed decisions, demystify the Dutch tax landscape, and unlock opportunities for your entrepreneurial journey. Let’s get started on this tax guide designed for beginners.


The Dutch Belastingdienst, also known as the Tax and Customs Administration, is the government agency responsible for collecting taxes in the Netherlands. As an international entrepreneur, you will be paying taxes to the Belastingdienst. They play a crucial role in funding public services such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, and social welfare programs. The Belastingdienst ensures that taxes are collected fairly and efficiently, providing a stable economic environment for businesses to thrive.

When you register your company with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) in the Business Register (Handelsregister), you are automatically enrolled with the Tax and Customs Administration. This registration is mandatory for companies with a permanent establishment in the Netherlands. If you represent a foreign company without a permanent establishment listed in the Dutch Business Register and provide services in the Netherlands on its behalf, you must register with the Belastingdienst yourself. Fortunately, the foreign companies registration form is readily available on their website.

As an international entrepreneur in the Netherlands, you’ll encounter various relevant taxes. From Corporate Income Tax to Value Added Tax (VAT), these taxes shape the financial landscape for businesses like yours. Over the next few weeks we will take you through the different kinds of taxes, these include:

  • Corporate income
  • Value Added Tax (VAT – BTW)
  • Wage, income tax and social insurance
  • Dividend withholding
  • Environmental

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Our tax advisors and tax return professionals are eager to assist you with tax filing services and financial advice. They have a strong reputation with the tax authorities and represent our clients in objection and appeal procedures. Do you have any questions or are in need for some advice? Please contact us. We are here to assist you in setting up shop in the Netherlands.

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