Permanent establishment / branch (registation)
Foreign businesses venturing onto the Dutch market have the option of either setting up an establishment or incorporating a local company. Setting up a subsidiary, sometimes called a branch office, is the simpler of the two options: it does not require the services of a civil-law notary, unlike incorporating a company.
How to set up an establishment
- To comply with Dutch statutory identification rules you need paperwork about both your head office and the head office’s board of directors.
- Once you have gathered the necessary documents, you go to the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel, or KvK) and have the head office’s local establishment listed in the commercial register. You will then be assigned a KvK registration number.
- Next, you register the head office’s local establishment with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, where you will be issued the necessary tax registration numbers.
- If you need to, or if you think it will make doing business easier, you can open a Dutch bank account.
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