The Netherlands has almost 17 million inhabitants and, along with Belgium and Luxembourg, is part of the Benelux Economic Union. Although it does not have a particularly attractive taxation, the Netherlands still has a whole network of highly developed tax agreements that make the country an onshore destination suited to the tax optimisation of holding companies.
Dutch law does not allow fiduciary registration, but a company can be 100% controlled by a company under British law, thus allowing the anonymity of shareholders.
The following types of company are envisaged under Dutch law:
|Average start-up times||5-10 days|
|Availability of pre-established (ready-made) companies||No|
20% of profits up to € 200,000 and 25% from 200,000 upwards.
|Published information about the company's directors||
The names of directors and shareholders appear in the Public Register.
|Legislation and controls||
The Handelsregister (Dutch Business Register) is owned and operated by Kamer van Koophandel (Chamber of Commerce), authorised by the government under the Business Register Law.
|Confidentiality||Bearer shares are not permitted|
|Risk indicators||Average political risk: 7%