Corporation tax - corporate income tax


Tax payable by

Corporation or corporate income tax is levied on companies established in the Netherlands (resident taxpayers) and on certain companies not established in the Netherlands, which receive income from the Netherlands (non-resident taxpayer). In this context, the term "company" includes companies with a capital consisting of share, co-operatives, mutual insurance and credit companies, foundations and other legal persons incorporated under civil law, when they administer an enterprise, funds for common account, and most publicly-controlled industrial and commercial undertakings.


Basis of assessment


Profits in the widest sense, with a number of additions or deductions. The determination of the taxable profits corresponds largely with the determination of profits taxable under personal income tax, including the deductibility of losses from other years.




Legal persons whose activities are of a social or charitable nature or otherwise in the public interest are exempted from corporation tax. Exempted categories of profit are those corresponding to the relevant exemptions under personal income tax. Furthermore the participation exemption applies to all dividends, gains and losses related to the holding of at least 5% of the shares in a subsidiary. This rule, preventing economic double taxation, is in general equally applicable to dividend deriving from domestic and foreign subsidiaries. The loss related to the winding-up of a subsidiary is, under certain conditions, deductible by the parent company. The deductibility of interest paid on non-functional loans and loans related to a reshuffle of participations within the group is restricted to certain circumstances. Another amendment permits companies to depreciate loss-making participations of 25% or more during the first five years after acquisition.




Investment: the relevant rules for the corporation tax are largely corresponding to those for the Personal Income Tax Law.


Special features





Annual assessment by the tax department on the basis of the taxpayer's declaration. If no such declaration is submitted, the amount due is assessed directly by the tax department.




2015: 20% over the first € 200,000, 25% over the surplus

2014: 20% over the first € 200,000, 25% over the surplus

2013: 20% over the first € 200,000, 25% over the surplus

2012: 20% over the first € 200,000, 25% over the surplus
2011: 20% over the first € 200,000, 25% over the surplus
2010: 20% over the first € 200,000, 25.5% over the surplus
2009: 20% over the first € 200,000, 25.5% over the surplus
2008: 20% over the first € 275,000, 25.5% over the surplus
2007: 20% over the first € 25,000, 23.5% over the next € 35,000, 25.5% over the surplus

2006: 25.5% over the first € 22,689, 29.6% over the surplus
2005: 27% over the first € 22,689, 31% over the surplus

Reason why the rates have been reduced is of course the current situation within the EU. New member states often have lower rates but also Ireland is offering low rates. For an impression of these rates up to 2005 see the table with rates for all the member states.




Dividends are currently taxed at a rate of 15%. If a tax treaty is applicable a lower percentage may be agreed.


New tax treaty with the US


Since February 2006 there is a new tax treaty with the US indicating that profit sent from and to the USA by mother- and daughter companies can be done tax free.




Setting up a limited company in the Netherlands

Besides corporation tax there are much more tax laws in the Netherlands