Support in German tax and administrative matters

Germany has been the Netherlands' most important trading partner for many years. Our eastern neighbours are a considerable sales market for Dutch businesses. But despite increasing EU influence, the (tax) rules and procedures in Germany are still substantially different from those in the Netherlands. It is therefore important the obtain good advice if you are going to do business in Germany. Failing to comply with or breaching German rules can cost a lot of money.

Holland/Germany Desk

The objective of the Holland/Germany Desk is to help Dutch businesses and employees who work in Germany, or have plans to do so, by providing advice and support for their Dutch/German cross-border issues, in particular regarding tax and administrative matters. This not only concerns assistance in dealing with the required formalities, but also tax optimisation and planning.

The Holland/Germany Desk can be consulted for all types of questions on German tax or administrative matters and for issues involving the tax treaty between the Netherlands and Germany, such as:

  • When will I (or my business or my employees) be liable for tax in Germany?
  • What administrative obligations apply in Germany?
  • What tax rules will apply if I (my business/employees) become liable for tax in Germany?
  • What legal form is best for my business: a holding structure or not?
  • What type of financing is tax-effective?
  • How does the German tax burden compare to the Dutch tax burden; how do I avoid paying tax in both countries and how can the total tax burden be kept to a minimum?

Collaboration with BDO Germany

The Holland/Germany Desk works closely with BDO AG that has 26 offices throughout Germany. This collaboration enables us to assist Dutch businesses by taking on the tasks of completing German tax returns, preparing German annual accounts and maintaining contact with the Finanzamt.

The Holland/Germany Desk also supports German businesses, employees and private individuals who (want to) do business in the Netherlands. This is why all employees at the Holland/Germany Desk speak both Dutch and German.


The advisers at the Holland/Germany Desk closely follow developments in their respective countries and constantly exchange the information with each other. This is how they support businesses in their cross-border ambitions. If you would like more information, please contact one of our specialists.