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Equity granted by a foreign parent company: recent developments

The Belgian government is contemplating to introduce a more general reporting and tax withholding obligation for Belgian companies/subsidiaries when benefits (such as free shares or shares at reduced price) are…
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France 2018 - “Année Blanche” ?

Currently, French income tax is generally collected in the year after the income has been earned after the filing of a tax return.
Publications

The Ne Bis in Idem Rule: Do the EUCJ and the ECtHR Follow the Same Track?

On 20 March 2018 the Grand Chamber of the EUCJ delivered three rulings on the extent to which the principle of ne bis in idem permits Member States from imposing…
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The Belgian UBO register: Modified deadline of 31 March 2019

Previously, we informed you about the introduction of the Belgian UBO register (see this link). This UBO register is a centralised database (organised on a European level) through which companies, associations,…
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The Belgian parliament has passed the VAT taxable rent law

The optional regime for a VAT taxable rent (for a detailed overview of this new regime, see link) has been approved by the Belgian Chamber of Representatives on 4 October…
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VAT update: Ecofin agreement on quick fixes, the generalised reverse charge mechanism and reduced rate for e-books

On 2 October 2018 a much-anticipated ECOFIN meeting was held in Luxembourg. The EU Ministers of Finance reached an agreement on quick fixes, the generalised reverse charge mechanism and the…
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Belgian authorities take a more flexible position on VAT penalties

The Belgian authorities have adopted a new policy for imposing penalties in VAT matters. Traditionally the Belgian authorities have applied a strict policy for imposing penalties. Each VAT error is…
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PRESS RELEASE - WTS Global opens US desk in New York and San Francisco

WTS Global opens US desk in New York and San Francisco to further strengthen its footprint in North America.
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Luxembourg UBO register accessible to all !

On 10 July 2018, government amendments were proposed to the draft bill introducing the UBO register in Luxembourg (the “Register”). These amendments are in line with the provisions of Directive…
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Luxembourg issues a circular on cryptocurrencies

On July 26, 2018 the Luxembourg tax authorities issued Circular L.I.R. n°14/5 - 99/3 - 99bis/3 on the Luxembourg tax treatment of transactions involving cryptocurrencies (the “Circular”).The main aspects of…
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Luxembourg VAT Grouping – Luxembourg government publishes its final law

For prior coverage after the introduction of the bill of law dated 16 April 2018 (the “Bill”), we refer to our newsletter of 3 May 2018. As indicated in our…
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VAT and immovable rent: what to know about the final draft law!

In March 2018, the Belgian government reached a final agreement on the introduction of an optional system for VAT and immovable rent. At that time, the main characteristics of the…
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VAT deduction and active holdings: EU case law widens the scope

On July 5, 2018 the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered a new and welcome judgment about input VAT recovery by holding companies (ECJ, Marle Participations SARL, C-320/17,…
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Luxembourg draft law to implement the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD)

On June 19th, 2018 was released the draft law (the “Draft Law”) implementing, among other provisions inspired by BEPS, the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD” or the “Directive”). ATAD was…
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NEW reporting obligation for cross-border arrangements – European Directive of 25 May 2018 entered into force on 25 June 2018.

On 25 May 2018, the Council Directive amending Directive 2011/16/EU concerning the mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation for reportable cross-border arrangements was approved. From 1…
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Private Privak (Pricaf) 3.0 – an update

The Private Privak (Pricaf) has been amended a third time, based on the needs of the private equity sector. This reform eliminates major constraints which limited the success of the…
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NEW reporting obligation for cross-border arrangements – Council Directive approved 25 May 2018

Today, Friday 25 May 2018, has seen the approval of the Council Directive amending Directive 2011/16/EU concerning the mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation for reportable…
Events
25th of May 2018 | 8.30h - 10.45h | Tilburg

Tax Treaty Case Law around the Globe 2018

Speaker: Anne Van de Vijver
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Luxembourg VAT Grouping On Its Way !

On 16 April 2018, a bill of law (no. 7278, the “Bill”) has been presented to Luxembourg Parliament which aims at introducing in Luxembourg a grouping regime for Luxembourg value…
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New Luxembourg intellectual property regime in force

Luxembourg new tax regime designed to increase intellectual property (“IP”) developments has entered into force in April 2018 and is effective as of 1 January 2018. The new regime (the…
Events
3 - 4 May 2018 | Amsterdam

3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights

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France and Luxembourg sign revised double tax treaty

On 20 March 2018, a new double tax treaty was signed between France and Luxembourg (hereinafter the "DTT"). It will replace the current version of the treaty dated 1 April…
Events
11 - 13 April 2018 | Amsterdam

ABA's Tax Planning Strategies U.S. and Europe Conference

Speaker: Koen Morbée
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Corporate Tax Reform

A recent reform has reshaped the corporate income tax rules in various key areas, thus creating new tax benefits for Belgian companies, but also introducing new compensating measures to balance…
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New position of the Belgian social security authorities on determining the applicable social security regime (EU REGULATION 883/2004)

Belgium now applies the principle of “requalification”. In the context of international employment situations, the EU Regulation 883/2004 determines which social security legislation is applicable to people working simultaneously in…
Events
25 - 28 March 2018 | Washington D.C.

Tax Executives Institute 68th Midyear Conference

Speaker: Koen Morbée
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New EU transparency rules for intermediaries involved in cross border tax planning

On 13 March, the EU Member States reached a political agreement on the European Commission’s proposal dated June 2017 aiming at strengthening tax transparency by the introduction of a mandatory…
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PRESS RELEASE - WTS Global creates cutting-edge European Tax Law Centre in Brussels

Brussels, February 20, 2018 - WTS Global, the leading global tax practice, establishes its cutting-edge European Tax Lax Centre in Brussels under the leadership of Tiberghien
Events
22 March 2018 | 08.30h - 17.00h | The College Hotel, Amsterdam

Indirect Tax Forum

Speaker: Stijn Vastmans
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UBO registers further tightened throughout the EU !

Whilst the Luxembourg law proposal of 6 December 2017, which introduced the UBO register imposed under the fourth EU anti-money laundering directive (2015/849/EC, the “Fourth Directive”) into Luxembourg domestic law, is still…
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