Dutch Desk

Doing business in the Netherlands

The Dutch desk provides you for Assurance, Tax & HRS (including Legal) and Advisory services through a central point of contact. Experience shows that before doing business in a new country, you first need a network. We can help you get in touch with the business community in the Dutch market and establish a professional network without spending a lot of your valuable time. You can also draw on our expertise in the following areas:

  • (Country entry) strategy development
  • Transactions (mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, Greenfield investments)
  • Intelligence on public and private sector business opportunities
  • Feasibility studies, Industry reviews and projections, Commercial due diligence and validation

It is also your gateway to the Dutch business network. The team members speak Dutch, Turkish and English. A Turkish desk in PwC the Netherlands is also operating in order to provide you with continuous support between the two countries.

 

Why the Netherlands?

General

 
Outstanding infrastructure
Gateway to Europe
Workforces
Political & financial climate
Bilateral investment treaties
  • The central geographical position of the Netherlands and its outstanding infrastructure make it the ideal gateway to start expanding your business to (mainland) Europe.
  • The Netherlands acts as the logistics hub for Europe through the Rotterdam port (Europe’s largest) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (named best European airport for 2013), both with renowned service levels.
  • The Netherlands features one of the most highly educated, flexible and motivated workforces in Europe.
  • Due to its exceptional amount of bilateral investment treaties, the Netherlands is a secure place from which to make your investments.
  • The Dutch political/financial climate has been very stable for decades.
  • The Netherlands has the eighth position of cleanest countries in the world with respect to the perceived level of public sector corruption.
  • According to the Global Enabling Trade Report 2014 of the World Economic Forum, the Netherlands ranks third out of 138 countries in the Enabling Trade Index 2014.

Tax

 
Tax treaty network
Participation exemption / foreign branches
Innovation box
Special regime expatriates
R&D facilities
  • The Netherlands has one of the most extensive tax treaty networks in the world.
  • The Netherlands has an attractive low corporate tax rate of 25 per cent (20 per cent for profits up to EUR 200,000).
  • Double taxation can usually be avoided in the Netherlands. Profits from subsidiaries/branches can be enjoyed tax free due to the full participation exemption and foreign branch exemption.
  • The Netherlands has a very favorable tax treatment for foreign-owned companies.
  • There are no withholding taxes on interest and royalties, and a reduction of or no withholding taxes on dividend usually applies.
  • Especially for holding companies, the Dutch tax system has many advantages.
  • The innovation box, together with other R&D facilities, provides for a highly attractive tax regime for R&D activities.
  • Expatriates with special qualities may profit from a 30 per cent tax free allowance on Dutch wage tax.
  • The Netherlands has implemented an import VAT deferment facility resulting in a cash flow advantage

Why PwC Netherlands

  1. Strong global network.
  2. One stop shop for Assurance, Tax & HRS (including Legal) and Advisory.
  3. Deep understanding of the Dutch marketplace.
  4. Very experienced in establishing and maintaining businesses in the Netherlands.
  5. One of the leading firms in the Netherlands for tax advice, by reputation, according to the Global Tax Monitor
  6. In-house knowledge necessary to design state-of-the-art group structures to optimize your business activities and tax position.
  7. Very good contacts with the Dutch Tax Authorities, resulting in quick and smooth communication about your requests, filings and questions.
  8. Special agreement with the Dutch Tax Authorities based on which PwC can assess and grant expatriates the beneficiary 30 per cent ruling on behalf of the Dutch Tax Authorities. This will reduce the application period from 3-4 months to 2-3 weeks.
  9. Our services structure covers a wide range of market sectors. For every sector, we have set up special teams (sector groups) that are up to date on current developments in the sector concerned. This means that our clients are advised by professionals who are familiar with their specific sector.