Dutch tax advantage
The Netherlands has the most competitive tax regime, in comparison to other EU countries, aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship and foreign direct investment. While corporate tax rates are in line with those of its European neighbours, several features make it very attractive for foreign companies to set up their European headquarters or Sales Office in the Netherlands. Among these features are:
- A far-reaching tax treaty network: avoidance of double taxation
- Corporate tax rate 25% (on profit more than €200,000)
- A system of bonded warehouses ensuring duty is only paid on re-export
- Advance tax ruling (ATR) whereby a company’s future tax liability is settled
- Advanced pricing agreements (APA)
- Innovation Box tax rate of 5% to stimulate Research & Development
- Flex BV act, streamlines incorporation (read article here)
- Special Expat Tax ruling
The Netherlands has also a special tax regime for expatriates, the so-called 30% ruling, which provides a substantial income-tax exemption (up to 30%) on their salaries. This is viewed as a reimbursement of the extra costs involved in living abroad, making it more attractive for expats to live in the Netherlands.
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