Accounting in the Netherlands
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De Raad voor de Jaarverslaggeving [Dutch Accounting Standards Board]
Body responsible for developing local accounting standards.
Accounting Standards Updates by Jurisdiction: Netherlands
Updates from Deloitte's IAS Plus service.
Member organizations and country profiles: Netherlands
Profile of the legal and regulatory environment, including information on the statutory framework for accounting and auditing, regulation of the profession and adoption of international standards.
Accountancy associations and groups
For regional organisations and networks, see our list of international accountancy bodies
Similarities and differences: Dutch GAAP vs IFRS
Updated edition of guide produced by PwC, published in March 2018. Includes comparisons with IFRS;9, IFRS 15, IFRS 16 and IFRS 17.
IFRSs and NL GAAP: Highlighting the key differences
Updated edition of Deloitte's guide, published in December 2014.
IFRSs and NL GAAP: A pocket comparison
Fifth edition of the guide published by Deloitte in October 2012.
ICAEW contact members
Contact member in the Netherlands
ICAEW’s network of Contact Members around the world are a point of contact for enquiries and act as ambassadors in promoting ICAEW's strategy and brand in each region.
Guides and resources
Overview of the profession in the Netherlands
Accountancy Europe, July 2020
Survey of the structure and organisation of the accountancy profession across Europe. Each country profile compares the status of different professional titles and shows whether they are restricted titles, which are reserved activities and authorisations, and whether they are regulated or supervised. The profiles also list the necessary qualifications and requirements to work in this country, such as registration costs and insurance, and gives basic statistics on the number of qualified professionals and trainees in each country.
The Annual Accounts in the Netherlands: A guide to Title 9 of the Netherlands Civil Code – for financial years starting on or after 1 January 2017
Comprehensive overview published by Deloitte. The guide aims to help preparers, practitioners and users understand the complex Civil Code. The 2016 edition is also available.
Overview of the accounting requirements in force on January 31, 2013 per entity type
Information collated by the European Commission and EY as part of a wider Accounting guide for SMEs published in 2015. Tables summarise accounting practices for medium-sized, small-sized and micro entities across EU countries, covering requirements for:
- legal entity name
- size thresholds
- accounting systems
- accounting framework
- recording of financial transactions
- components of financial statements
- management report
- publication of financial statements.
Use of IFRS standards by jurisdiction: Netherlands
Country profile prepared by the IFRS Foundation with notes on the extent of IFRS application, relevant jurisdictional authority, IFRS endorsement and translation of standards.
Articles and books in the Library collection
Each selected book features specific accounting information on this country or territory; click on the links for more details. Alternatively, contact us if you have a particular enquiry or need further help consulting these titles.
European Accounting Guide (5th ed.)
David Alexander and Simon Archer (eds.) (2003)
Individual country and region chapters cover background information, accounting policies and practices, discuss the form and content of published financial statements and offer sample accounts.
International Corporate Procedures
This regularly updated database includes information on tax and accounting and features model company accounts. The model accounts are presented in the standard format for each country or territory with original language and English language versions presented together. Contact us to request documents from the database.
Kurt S Schulzke (ed.)
Each country or region entry contains sections on the framework of accounting (including the regulatory and standard setting regimes), individual accounting topics, auditing and appendices which can include commonly used terms and acronyms and example financial statements. This is a regularly updated looseleaf reference work in three volumes.
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