Do I have to register my business for VAT with the Dutch tax authorities if I provide a service to non-EU clients?
Article ID: 274 | Last Updated: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I am working fulltime in the Netherlands and simultaniously running my business providing a service to outside the EU. Should I register my business for VAT?
You are living in the Netherlands. Consequence is that your business is also based in the Netherlands since you are the effective management of the business. This is only different if the business is based in a real office outside the Netherlands with a director in the same country who has full control over the company.
If your business is based in the Netherlands you will indeed have to register it for VAT purposes with the Dutch tax authorities. This can be arranged by first registering the business in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce. Once this is done the VAT number is automatically provided by the tax authorities. From that moment you will have to maintain a business administration which will contain the VAT administration.
Expatax can help you with the administration.