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Register for VAT in the Netherlands

Register for VAT in the Netherlands

Updated on Wednesday 09th September 2015

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Every company in the Netherlands must register in the Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce (CoC), in order to register for VAT in the Netherlands, as well as for other fiscal duties. This applies to any type of legal entity such as a private limited company, limited liability company, association or foundation. The registration with the CoC is also required for a partnership (such as a general partnership) and for a sole proprietorship. For the registration with the Commercial Register, there must be paid a one-time registration fee in amount of EUR 50.
 
After the registration with the Trade Register, the CoC number is issued and, as a legal entity or joint venture, there will also be issued a number of Entities and Collaboration Information (RSIN). Moreover, each branch of the company will receive a unique establishment number of 12 digits.
 
Once the Dutch company is subscribed to the Trade Register, the Commercial Chamber automatically transfers the company information to the tax authorities.
In the same time, your company is registered for VAT in the Netherlands. The VAT number in the Netherlands is issued immediately upon registration with the Chamber of Commerce for sole proprietorship and within five working days for other forms of business: partnership, limited liability company, corporation and other.
 
Once you registered for VAT in the Netherlands and received the VAT number, there are some information about this tax number you need to know: the VAT number consists of 14 characters: the country code NL, followed by the Partnerships Legal Information Number (RSIN) or the Citizen Service Number (BSN), plus a 3 digit code between B01 and B99. As you are registered for VAT in the Netherlands, the tax authorities mention the company's VAT number on the letters and forms receive. In some forms, the tax authorities use the tax number, which is almost the same as the VAT number, but it has no country code.
 
In Netherlands, the VAT has rates of 0%, 6% and 21% and when doing business abroad the 0% VAT rate may apply. For a number of goods and services, it can be applied the reduced VAT rate of 6%, for example for food, medicine, painting and plastering work on housing. For other products or services, the general VAT rate of 21% is applied. In some industries and for certain activities, you are exempt from VAT and you will not charge this tax, for example collective interests, composers, writers, cartoonists and journalists, financial and insurance services, fund-raising activities, healthcare, gambling, childcare, education, radio and television, sports organizations and sports clubs.
 
Contact our Dutch law firm for further information and specialized support when you need to register for VAT in the Netherlands. We are able to provide you a wide range of services on fiscal and legal support.

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