Registration of Dutch VAT number-Tool

Registration of Dutch VAT number-Tool

In case your company does business in The Netherlands, you might want to verify if you should register for VAT purpose. In some cases you might be interested to apply for a VAT number, while in some entrepreneurs prefer to avoid any VAT liabilities.

In this article, we will explain how you can easily check, if you should apply for a Dutch VAt number, and for what type of VAT number your company would qualify. 

There is a difference between so-called resident VAT number, and the non-resident VAT number, as explained in this article

This difference applies to any kind of legal entity, either incorporated in the Netherlands, or doing business in the Netherlands.

Any kind of business, even a charity, or associations (like a sports club) can be required to register for VAT, if it delivers goods or services to the ‘market’.

Dutch freelancers and sole proprietorships, are considered to be residents, and will automatically receive a VAT number, once they have registered at the Chamber of Commerce.

Dutch Private Limited Companies, such as the Dutch B.V., which are incorporated and registered by a Dutch individual director, is also likely to obtain a Dutch VAT number automatically. However, if a Dutch company is registered by a non-resident individual, it’s likely that the Dutch Tax & Customs Administration will send a questionnaire first, to determine if (and which type) a VAT number should be issued.

Check your resident VAT status

IA resident VAT status can only be applicable for companies which are registered in the Netherlands. Even if your company is incorporated overseas, but has a branch registered in the Netherlands, it can be considered a resident for VAT purposes.

If your company is effectively based in The Netherlands, and operating from a Dutch location, and/or with Dutch staff/board membersthen it can be considered that the company must be registered for VAT purposes (as a resident company).

This means that the company will have to charge VAT on it’s (local) sales, unless exemptions apply. Read more about how to charge VAT here.


Check your non-resident VAT status
In case you have started a Dutch company, but you have not started any actual business in the Netherlands (yet), then you still might need to register for VAT.
This is typically the case, when you Dutch company deals with Dutch/European suppliers, or buyers, while the Dutch company is still being supervised/managed from overseas (for example, by the head quarter, or by the directors from their country of residence).

The Dutch Tax & Customs Administration have developed an online checklist, where you can verify if you can apply for the non-resident VAT number.

You can also contact our team, to get more information on this subject, and to get support in obtaining the VAT number in the Netherlands. 

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Our experts have combined their knowledge and strengths to create a tool we call the Business Toolkit. 

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