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Double Taxation Treaties in the Netherlands

Updated on Saturday 05th November 2016

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Double-taxation-treaties-in-the-NetherlandsIn order to offer an attractive business environment, many countries enter into various agreements which provide for investment or tax facilities to foreign investors. The Netherlands is one of those countries which have signed numerous agreements for the avoidance of double taxation. These treaties, just like the name says, are concluded in order to make sure that the same tax is not levied twice. This could only happen to foreign investors opening companies in the Netherlands who could be taxed here and in their home country.

Our Dutch company formation representatives can assist foreign investors who want to establish companies in this country.

What do Dutch double taxation treaties contain?

The Netherlands has concluded many double tax treaties over the years, the oldest one dating back in 1951. This agreement was signed with Switzerland. The first thing established by Netherlands’ double tax agreements refer to the taxes imposed by the countries signing the agreement. Also, all of Netherlands’ double taxation treaties provide for tax residency in their first articles because based on that the government of the signatory states will know how companies and individuals will be affected when taxed. It must be noted that most of the income generated by a foreign company operating through a subsidiary or a branch office in the Netherlands can be exempt from taxation or can benefit from substantial tax reductions. Also, if any double taxation should occur, all Dutch double taxation treaties provides for the means the income taxed twice will be refunded.

During the last few years, the Netherlands has started to amended its double tax agreements in order to provide for even more benefits to foreign investors.

What countries has the Netherlands signed double tax treaties with?

The Netherlands has signed around 100 double taxation treaties with countries all over the world. Among these, most of them are with European countries, such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, Estonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, France, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and Ireland. In the rest of the world, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Russia, Qatar, the UAE, Singapore, Canada, the United States of America, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil.

If you want to open a company in the Netherlands and want to know if your country has a double tax treaty in place, please feel free to contact our company registration agents.

 

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