Checklist for setting up a BV in the Netherlands

Below you will find a table with the most relevant services around establishing a limited liability company in the Netherlands.

 Single BV:
Shareholder is a Person/Company
Holding structure:
holding bv + operating bv
Incorporation
Deed of incorporation✔ Required✔ Required
Translation of documents✔ Required✔ Required
Shareholders agreement★ Recommended (if multiple shareholders involved)★ Recommended (if multiple shareholders involved)
Registration
Chamber of commerce registration (KvK)✔ Required✔ Required
VAT registration✔ Required✔ Required
EORI registrationOptionalOptional
VAT representativeOptionalOptional
Legal contracts & compliance
Management agreementOptional★ Recommended
Current-account agreementOptional★ Recommended
Employment contract main shareholder-director★ Recommended★ Recommended
GDPR Compliance★ Recommended★ Recommended
Tax & Accounting
Bookkeeping✔ Required✔ Required
Quarterly VAT return filing✔ Required✔ Required
Annual financial report✔ Required✔ Required
Corporate tax return✔ Required✔ Required
Address & Office
Registered address✔ Required✔ Required
Physical office spaceOptionalOptional
Mail forwarding serviceOptionalOptional
Dutch phone number★ Recommended★ Recommended
Banking & Insurance
Bank account★ Recommended★ Recommended
Company insurance★ RecommendedOptional

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.

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Milan van Boheemen. Founding partner
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