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My employees are working overtime. Are there any tax incentives I could benefit from?

In a press release of 11 April 2020, the government announced a second wave of measures to support the Belgian economy. One of these measures which is soon to be…

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My employees are working in shifts. Are there any tax incentives I could benefit from?

For several years now, Belgian tax law provides for a (partial) withholding tax exemption on wages paid to night and shift workers. This measure implies that employers employing employees on…

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Can I still donate for a Dutch notary?

Now that the border between the Netherlands and Belgium is as good as closed, the question arises whether a Belgian resident can still make a donation of movable property before…

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I'm sick: can the notary still come by to make a will?

In case you are sick and wish to draw up a will, a holographic will is the simplest way. However, sometimes a notarial will or an international will may be…

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I'm not sick : how can i still make a will?

Many people are considering to make a will in these corona-times, just in case. However, the drawing up of a will is not obvious these days given the lockdown-measures to…

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What are potential pitfalls for multinational groups when dealing with financial distress in times of COVID-19?

Parent companies of multinational groups or entities managing the group treasury function will consider their options to provide liquidity carefully in times of financial distress. When considering liquidity management through…


Filing a Belgian non-resident income tax return for the very first time? Register before 1 June 2020!

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Individuals receiving income taxable in Belgium but who do not qualify as Belgian tax residents, are in principle required to file a so-called Belgian non-resident income tax return.


VAT and EU quick fixes: further guidance from the Belgian VAT authorities

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Three months have passed since the entry into force of the EU quick fixes for VAT. As explained in our previous newsflashes, these quick fixes should simplify the VAT rules…

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What is the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the applicable social security scheme?

On 30 March 2020, the European Commission published a fact sheet regarding frontier workers and posted workers affected by the restrictions on free movement of people within the EU as…

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What are the VAT consequences if an effective refund is replaced by a new ticket or voucher for an event or booking at a later time in case an event or travel/hotel/restaurant or other booking is cancelled?

As a result of the imposed COVID-19 measures, numerous cancellations of events and bookings for flights, hotels, restaurants, etc. have occurred. In order to mitigate the loss of revenue due…

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Do I already have to pay VAT on gift vouchers and other vouchers/coupons?

Gift vouchers and other coupons that can be redeemed as a full or partial consideration for the supply of a good or service may qualify as a "voucher" under the…

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What is the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the application of double tax treaties?

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, many cross-border workers are unable to physically work from their country of employment, some have to work from home, others are laid off,…

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Help, my accountant has corona and can't file my VAT return in time. Is this a valid excuse?

Here is the answer no. Being compliant with VAT reporting obligations is a requirement that belongs to the company itself. In principle, a late filing of the VAT return cannot…

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Do I have to cancel my VAT number now that I no longer have outgoing transactions?

Your VAT number should not be cancelled if you, as a VAT payer, no longer carry out any VAT taxable activities for a certain period of time (e.g. due to…

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I want to switch to internet sales, what are the main traps with respect to VAT?

:: UPDATE - 01/09/2020 :: A company that wants to set up a website where customers can buy goods and whereby the company facilitates the transport to the private customers…

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Is there a possibility to request a VAT refund on travel vouchers when the booking is cancelled?

There are different situations conceivable here. A distinction has to be made between the situation where a traveller has booked all parts of his journey on his own (transport, hotel,…

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Can I request a VAT refund as a hotel owner in case VAT has already been paid on advance payments but my clients do not show up because of the COVID-19 outbreak?

If a hotel owner is unable to provide hotel services because the customers do not show up, he can, in principle, reclaim the VAT on the advance payments through the…

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Can I reclaim the VAT that has been paid on tickets for an event when the event is cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak?

The VAT treatment of the sale of tickets for events is the subject of discussion as there is no uniform interpretation within the EU. However, the exact VAT-qualification may have…

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Are there any VAT-consequences in case I am renting a building to my tenant under the optional VAT regime but the rent payments are currently suspended?

As a landlord you can agree to temporarily suspend the rent payments from your tenants. There is no VAT due during this suspension period.

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Which VAT rate applies to the supply of medical devices, medicines, etc.?

:: UPDATE - 16/02/2021 :: In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, there is a great need for medicines and medical devices, such as facemasks, respirators, etc. An important question…

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As a restaurant holder, should I apply a different VAT rate when delivering meals at home?

:: UPDATE - 16/02/2021 :: In normal circumstances, restaurant and catering services, excluding the provision of beverages, are subject to the reduced VAT rate of 12%. Drinks offered as part…

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Are there any consequences from a VAT perspective in case a company has to destroy or discard goods due to the COVID-19 outbreak?

It is conceivable that perishable goods such as food, flowers or perishable raw materials will become unsellable as a result of the compulsory closure of certain companies.

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What are the possibilities to claim a VAT refund if an invoice is not paid or will not be paid within due time?

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, suppliers and service providers will be more often confronted with unpaid invoices or invoices that may only be paid long after the due…

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Are there any other possibilities to optimise the cashflow position of my business?

In addition to the above-mentioned special measures in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, there are still opportunities under the existing VAT-regulation that VAT-taxable persons might use. We will list…

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Can an accelerated refund of my VAT-credit be requested?

Yes, the Belgian government has granted an accelerated refund of the VAT credit with respect to the February 2020 VAT return for all companies that submit monthly VAT returns and…

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What does the existing deferral measure from the Belgian government with respect to VAT include? Are there any specific formalities to be completed?

:: UPDATE - 16/02/2021 :: Through a duly motivated request that is submitted to the Regional "Tax Collectors Office" (in Dutch: Regionaal Invorderingscentrum) of the postal code of your place…

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Excess amounts prepaid? Can the payments be recuperated quickly?

In the event that an excess amount has been prepaid, a request for a refund can be submitted through the MyMinfin electronic platform, until the last day of the third…

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The taxable result of the current financial year is currently difficult to predict. How to proceed with tax prepayments?

During the course of the financial year, there are several due dates prior to which tax prepayments (“TPP”) can be made. For financial year 2020 (closing date on December 31),…


Luxembourg to deny the deduction of interest and royalty payments to blacklisted countries

Thursday, 02 April 2020

On 30 March 2020, the Luxembourg Government published a draft bill of law introducing measures to deny the tax deduction of interest and royalty payments made to affiliated parties established…

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Does COVID-19 provide planning opportunities in view of valuations?

Yes, uncertainty impacts certain parameters in valuations, having a negative impact on the outcome. Values of distressed companies and assets are expected to be lower than their non-distressed counterparts. Next…

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