The Innovation Box (formerly the Patent Box) is a tax scheme set up by the Dutch government. The aim of the scheme is to promote innovative activities in the Netherlands.
The innovation box is intended for private and public limited companies. They can place the profits from innovative activities in a special rate box within the corporate taxation system. A tax rate of 5% rather than 20 or 25% then applies to these profits. One or more Dutch, European or foreign patents can be placed in the innovation box. The scheme applies to granted patents only, as these are traceable in the patent register which is freely accessible to everyone (and therefore to the tax inspector also). Since 2008, an R&D certificate (certificate issued by the NL Agency for research and development work) has been available for participation in this scheme.
The scheme can result in substantial savings for companies. However, the scheme requires some administrative measures. Arnold + Siedsma specialists can provide you with further assistance here.