It’s very important to discuss with a Dutch accountant on the exact accounting requirements that you need to consider. One of the first questions we often receive from our customers is how VAT registration works in the Netherlands, or even how to file the first VAT Return.
A very important milestone for most new Dutch companies is to obtain a Dutch VAT number and file their first VAT return. A VAT registration number application procedure is based on the European VAT directive.
In this directive, it is stated that countries have to issue a VAT registration number to companies performing taxable activities in that country. In the Netherlands, there is no specific formal procedure for VAT registrations, so the general rules for governmental bodies apply.
As with any other request to the tax authorities, they are obliged to decide within six weeks.
Our tax consultants in The Netherlands can inform you how to register for VAT, and how to operate your company while your VAT registration is still pending.
Once you receive your Dutch VAT number, we will inform you of the Dutch invoice format requirements, and how you should deal with European and international buyers and suppliers. In relation to that, it is also worth noting that there are ways to avoid paying VAT on imports in the Netherlands.