Entity and Structure for Businesses in the Netherlands

When starting a new company, founders should first select the preferred legal business structure:

  1. sole proprietorship/partnership or a
  2. private limited (BV) company).

Most foreign entrepreneurs choose a BV. Besides these entities exists the NV, comparable to a public liability company (or US Corporation). This is a very rare legal form in the Netherlands.

BV incorporation

The BV is a limited liability company and preferred legal form for foreign entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. That is because the BV is flexible, easy and affordable to set up. On top of that, the overall tax pressure on a BV in the Netherlands is one of the lowest in Europe. Finally, your BV will shield you from personal liability of your company’s actions, debt and bankruptcy.

Incorporation Packages for BV Structures

1 shareholder Multiple shareholders

Single BV

from € 1019from € 1139
  • Personal shareholder
  • Corporate income tax from 19%
  • No personal liability

BV Holding Structure

€ 1818€ 1938
  • Multiple tax advantages
  • Additional protection of assets
  • Great foundation to invest and work from

Corporate shareholder BV

from € 1519from € 1639
  • Company as the BV shareholder
  • Corporate income tax from 19%
  • No personal liability


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