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Role of the Notary in Commercial and Corporate Transactions (The Netherlands)

This note explains the role and position of the Dutch civil law notary (notaris) in the Dutch legal system and abroad in the context of corporate and commercial transactions. It considers the role, responsibilities and obligations of the notary, when a notarial deed is required and the form of such notarial deeds. The note also addresses the legalisation requirements to use a Dutch notarial deed outside of the Netherlands.

Revamping Transfer Pricing

On 12 September 2023, the European Commission introduced two directive proposals. One of the proposals, relates to transfer pricing (“TP Directive”) and aims to reshape the landscape of transfer pricing (“TP”) regulations across the single market. If unanimously accepted by all EU Member States, these rules would result in (more or less) harmonized TP rules. Member States would be obligated to apply the at arm’s length principle in line with the OECD TP Guidelines and taxpayers would be required to apply the most appropriate TP method. Furthermore, the TP Directive offers methods to avoid double taxation and a fast-track procedure to resolve double taxation. These rules would apply as from 1 January 2026.

European corporate income tax base – BEFIT

On 12 September 2023, the European Commission introduced two directive proposals. One of the proposals (“BEFIT”) aims to improve efficiency for both corporate income taxpayers and tax authorities by introducing a new, single set of rules to determine the tax base of (European) groups of companies. This proposal replaces the previous proposals regarding a harmonized European corporate income tax base (CCTB and CCCTB). If unanimously accepted by all EU member states, these rules would apply as from 1 July 2028.

Key highlights from the Tax Plan 2024

On Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (Budget Day), the outgoing Dutch Minister of Finance revealed the Tax Plan 2024 in which several tax measures were announced. You will find our publication Tax Plan 2024 Special attached, in which we outlined the most important measures from an international perspective. Please note that the proposals are subject to discussion and approval by the Dutch Parliament.

Panic among real estate investors: rent increase clauses voidable?

The District Court of Amsterdam has ruled in three judgments that agreed rent increase clauses in housing are unfair. As a result, the clauses are annulled and past rent increases are reversed. Also, the rent cannot be increased (again) for the remainder of the term of the lease. This has far-reaching consequences for current leases and the marketability of housing complexes. Reason why it is essential for landlords to carefully formulate (new) rent increase clauses.

Restructuring within Europe made easier: EU Mobility Directive comes into effect from 1 September 2023

On 1 September 2023, the EU Mobility Directive will be implemented by means of the adopted legislative proposal. The EU Mobility Directive creates one European framework for cross-border legal mergers, divisions and conversions ("cross-border operation"). Under current law, such cross-border operations are possible, but only a cross-border legal merger is laid down in Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code. Cross-border divisions and conversions derive their legal force from European legislation and case law.

No longer lengthy, costly and cumbersome withholding tax procedures?

In the current environment, EU Member States often levy withholding tax on dividends and interest paid. Subsequently, this withholding tax paid may be eligible for a refund based on tax treaties. The procedures for such refunds can be problematic in practice and differ significantly per Member State. The European Commission has now proposed new rules in order to streamline and simplify withholding tax procedures in the EU. In addition, these rules aim to prohibit the abuse of refund procedures. The current proposal only applies to publicly traded shares and, where applicable, interest from publicly traded bond.

License Agreements: The Scope of Application (Part 2)

In part 2 of this blog series, we delve into the scope of license agreements. In particular: Are there geographical boundaries to licenses and can licenses be limited to specific acts of use, sectors, and applications?

Cross-border work – Regular or part-time work abroad

Will you be sending your employees to work abroad on a project or for a fixed number of days a week? Alternatively, are you an employee yourself and do you find yourself in such a situation? In either case you may always want to check whether this will give rise to tax and/or social security obligations for the relevant employee in the country in which they will be working. Below you can read about the situations which should set alarm bells ringing.

Dutch legislative proposal on Pillar 2 implementation submitted with Parliament

In our blog of 23 December 2023, we discussed the draft legislative proposal Minimum Tax Law 2024 (“Wet minimumbelasting 2024”). We hereby inform you that the legislative proposal is no longer in draft and has been sent to the Dutch House of Representatives on 31 May 2023. Once accepted, it will be reviewed in the Dutch Senate before entering into force.

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