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How can I register my business in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce?

Do I need to register my business?

If you start a company, you must register it in the Trade Register. Dutch law states that all enterprises and legal entities in the Netherlands must be registered in the Trade Register. By law, you run an enterprise if you independently supply goods and services to others, with the intention of making a profit. In practice, it is sometimes difficult to state exactly when an activity constitutes an enterprise.

How can I register my business?

You should register in person at a Chamber of Commerce office. You will need to make an appointment for this at most Chamber of Commerce offices. An appointment can be made by using their online appointment scheduler . Choose an office, reason of the appointment (new registration or change of existing registration), select a day and time and mention your personal details. You will receive a confirmation of the appointment by email. 

What do you need to register?

  • A registration form . The form states whether you need other documents, such as a rental contract or a franchise contract.
  • A valid identification document, for example your passport or driving licence.

Once the business is registered you will receive a tax number (RSIN) and later confirmation that the VAT number is activated. You will then start receiving blue envelops from the tax authorities. Expatax can help you with all the correspondence from the tax authorities. 
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