Name: Hendrik-Jan van Duijn
Firm Name: Company NL
Jurisdiction: Netherlands
Practice Area: Company Formation

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Professional Biography:

Leaders in Law endorses Hendrik-Jan van Duijn as our exclusively recommended Company Formation expert in Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Hendrik please use the contact information provided above.


In 1998, Hendrik-Jan was awarded a fully-certified Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Administration Consultancy. He subsequently studied Tax Law in Leiden. Since 2002, Hendrik-Jan has been a member of the Nederlandse Orde van Belastingsadviseurs.


Hendrik-Jan specializes in Partnership and Dividend Taxation, particularly in cross-border investments, mergers and take-overs, partnerships and industrial restructurings. In 2002, he began working with BDO. 4 years later, in 2006, he moved to PwC. In 2008, he moved to New York to work as a tax consultant. While there, he gave advice to US and Canadian businesses wishing to expand or streamline investments, either in or via the Netherlands, as well as to Dutch companies investing in the US and Canada.


Working as a tax adviser, Hendrik set up DTS in Amsterdam, in 2012. DTS specialises in Dutch tax advice and provides compliance to Dutch companies. With over 10 years of experience, Hendrik has a proven track record of delivering results when it comes to Dutch corporate income tax and Dutch dividend withholding tax advice. In 1998, at the tender age of 23, Hendrik received his Bachelor degree in accounting, which made him one of the youngest fully certified auditors in the Netherlands. In 2001 Hendrik was awarded his Master degree in Dutch direct taxation at the University of Leiden. Since 2002, Hendrik is a member of the Dutch association of tax advisers in Amsterdam.

With more than 15 years’ experience in the area of Dutch Corporate and Dividend Taxation, Hendrik-Jan has built up an impressive record of service. In 2011, he set up Duijn’s Tax Solutions and has seen it grow into a successful taxation consultancy. Hendrik-Jan is also behind the creation of many networks. He is, among other things, co-founder of Doing Business in, a network of specialists in the Netherlands and abroad, and of Pro-tp, through which he, along with his partners, offers international transfer-pricing advice. As a specialist in international Tax Law, he also writes for the IBFD.

Firm Description:

Why Company NL?

Starting a Dutch business can be challenging…

Starting a new business comes with several challenges. Having an idea alone does not translate into a successful business. If you are a beginner, looking to incorporate your own Dutch company, you may feel somewhat lost and confused, and not have the faintest idea of where to start. After all, there is so much to do when it comes to establishing your own business, and only a professional advisor can help with this.

Do you know that there are several types of Dutch companies? Here is an overview of the types of Dutch companies.

Type of Dutch companies

Many of you may get confused when deciding which type of business you should register in the Netherlands to operate efficiently. Most entrepreneurs like to set up a BV in the Netherlands, as it does not require the owner to be a resident in the Netherlands. However, it may be interesting to know that there are other options too. We can help you easily set up the following company types:

  • Private company as self-employed individual (Eenmanszaak)
  • Private partnerships (Vennootschap onder Firma)
  • Limited Partnership – Dutch CV (LLP)
  • Private Limited company – Dutch BV (Ltd. or Inc.)

How will CompanyNL help you?

As you can see there are many steps involved when you set up a BV. CompanyNL can help you in the following ways:

Meeting Legal Compliance Requirements

You have to get your company formation done, along with registration at the Dutch Tax and Chamber of Commerce. Signing papers for loans, deciding liability, and getting permits may sound hectic. CompanyNL has contacts with local authorities, so you do not end up struggling, and each step will be taken care of.

When you are in the process of setting up your BV in the Netherlands, you will often incur expenses even before the office is officially launched. Thus, CompanyNL can help in arranging annual filing accounts, which you need to maintain and retain for seven years.

For your Dutch BV in the Netherlands, you also need to perform the ‘payment test’, wherein you need to withdraw profits from your BV, which can only happen when the BV has enough funds. The pool of experts at CompanyNL guides on gathering and managing the finances in such a way that your BV business can maintain its financial security and that creditors are always paid.

Tax Compliance Requirements

The Dutch BV needs to file the financial statements yearly to the Chamber of Commerce. Of course, this is well taken care of by experienced advisers from CompanyNL. You are obliged to pay Dutch personal income tax if you own at least 5% of the company’s shares, as you are referred to as a substantial interest holder, or a major shareholder.

You have to pay tax on the dividend. Although it is expensive to pay yourself a salary from the BV, and dividend seems a better trade off, the Tax and Customs Administrations may not allow you to pay yourself a low or nihil salary.

The Dutch administration calls it a ‘customary salary scheme’ for directors and it has to be a minimum of 44.000 Euros annually for director shareholders. Our people at CompanyNL can help you understand these mandatory Dutch tax laws and how to abide by them. They will also help you in paying the corporate income tax on profits.

Why not get in touch with CompanyNL and ask for the quotation for their services?

  • Public Limited company – Dutch NV (PLC or Corp)
  • Cooperative and association
  • Foundations (Stiehting) and many others.

If you think that dreaming big is the first step to success, then you are absolutely right. A business can be big when it is earning higher profits for you; we believe that it is at its biggest, however, when you have an amazing business idea and plan by your side.

Balance sheets, profit distribution, remunerations, taxes and other important factors will already take up so much of you and your best employees’ time; hence, why not look for seamless solutions, in order to experience optimal ease while setting up the business you have always wanted to be involved in.

… But we are here to help

One stop solution

CompanyNL is your one-stop-solution when it comes to setting up a Dutch business in Amsterdam. If you are the owner of a new business in Amsterdam, you need to observe government rules and regulations, and tick off a comprehensive checklist which accompanies starting up a new Dutch company. CompanyNL not only familiarises you with the requirements when starting up a Dutch business in Amsterdam, but also guides you through the entire process.

Location plays a crucial role when it comes to the success of a business, as every amenity should be at arm’s length. CompanyNL will help in finding the right location for your company. We also have contacts with office providers that help in renting incredible spaces for you in which to work and conduct meetings.

Unique Approach

Every entrepreneur and business idea needs a unique approach and starting point. That’s where CompanyNL comes into the picture. We will inform you of the specific conditions that apply to your business.

Dedicate Your Time and Effort to Something Productive

Getting us involved will allow you to focus on important matters and factors that enable your business to be a front-runner in domestic, as well as international, markets. We will take care of all your taxes, legal matters and disputes, and even register your trademark to ensure your future.

We have a pool of tax advisers to keep you abreast of Dutch Tax Laws, and help you operate your business effectively and efficiently. In order to allow you to solely focus on your business goals, our Office Provider team will assist you in finding the right space for your business, and in completing all the on-site requirements.

Rely on Us to Set It up Right

It is imperative to have professionals on your side with years of experience and relationships built up with local authorities, so that you can get the necessary approval and documentation done easily and expeditiously. If you, as an entrepreneur, are not an EU citizen, you must fulfill certain conditions if you intend to stay in the Netherlands. CompanyNL can help you in applying for a temporary, or permanent, residence permit, as the case may be.

Our team of professionals can help to dissipate the stress that may arise when planning to set up your Dutch company in the Netherlands. We are quick, reliable, efficient, and can help in registering the company within two weeks, if you visit the country for the procedures.

On your behalf, we can think of unique and attractive business names that are suitable, and help you get to your company registered as quickly as possible. We will also take care of everything else, starting with drafting and notarising the incorporation documents of the new company, submitting them, registering your legal company, dealing with taxation, and many other procedures.