Tax & Legal Services

Tax & Legal Services includes an experienced and highly motivated group of experts in tax and legal advice. Our dynamic team excels in this area which is characterized by ever faster changing and increasingly complex national and international regulations. They approach daily challenges in a fair and practical way, always tailored towards the client. They do this directly for you, or support our other services in achieving the same targets.

Whatever the challenge to your business, if you want to be confident that you use the most economical way, you should contact our Tax & Legal experts. This may be directly or through your file manager.

Expert Centres
Our lawyers and tax specialists have not only expertise in the various basic areas of tax and business law, also in several specializations. We thus offer very specialized services in multidisciplinary teams. Transaction support, VAT, international taxation and international employment are only some of our services.

We boast a stable workforce. This means our clients are guaranteed a continuity of knowledge, creativity and expertise. Whether enlisting the Tax & Legal team via your usual contact or directly, they always guarantee a proactive solution and if necessary reactive.


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A number of regulated professions are being abolished
Abolition of professional competence in Flanders: the consequences at a glance
In accordance with the Establishment of Businesses Act, every SME, natural person or legal entity wishing to engage in a commercial activity must prove the necessary entrepreneurial skills. For most professions, a basic knowledge of business management is sufficient but for a number of others, specific professional competence is required. This is in contradiction with European legislation that sta
The 4 action points thoroughly discussed
How the Summer Agreement affects the ATAD Directive
By now it’s hardly news that Belgian corporation tax will be comprehensively reformed as part of the Summer Agreement. The proposed reforms as set out in the drafts of the Programme Act (authorising government expenditure measures) and the Recovery Act were approved on 27 October by the Cabinet. The government presented the Programme Act bill to the House of Representatives on 6 November 2017, w
The December advance payment & the optional VAT system will be discussed
VAT news in brief
The December advance payment for those submitting quarterly returns.  VAT payers who submit periodic monthly returns are already familiar with the December advance phenomenon, and soon those who submit quarterly returns will also have to keep this requirement in mind. As part of the further simplification of the VAT legislation and administration, the Minister of Finance decided to scra
A comparison of the present & future legislation
What the Summer Agreement means for future capital reductions
Since the Summer Agreement was concluded there has been much discussion on the pro rata rule for capital reductions. Given that to date no definitive legislative texts have been published, this aspect of the corporation tax reforms remains murky and changes might still be introduced to the proposed regulatory measure.  The present legislation  In the event of a capital reduction, one
The consequences of a incorrect or incomplete registration
Why it is essential to ensure you are properly registered with the crossroads bank for enterprises
It is important for all companies to ensure that their details registered with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (CBE) are kept up to date. The CBE is the central register of the FPS Economy in which all the basic information of companies and their business entities are recorded. The information contained in the CBE is distributed to the various public services (such as the VAT authorities, the
The concept, the introduction and the payment of wages further explained
Flexible timetables: finally there is a legal framework
Since the introduction of the Feasible and Manageable Work Act companies can opt to introduce flexible timetables, in line with new statutory provisions. Until recently flexible working hours may have been employed in practice, but it was a concept that was not a part of the laws and was only tolerated under specific circumstances. Flexible timetables allow employees to plan their work a
In which language do you compose your invoice?
Invoice, Factuur, Facture or Rechnung: it’s up to the legislature.
Invoices must always be composed in Dutch if your place of business is located in Flanders. If you wish to issue invoices in languages other than Dutch, then you can use a multi-language invoice or a duplicate (translated) one. The obligatory provisions for invoices fall under the language legislation The Royal Decree of 18 July 1966 consolidating the laws on the use of languages in administra
Highlighting the new aspects
New Flemish rental decree on the cards
On 14 July 2017 the Flemish Government approved the draft bill for the Rental Decree (the Huurdecreet), which aims to provide greater legal certainty in the contractual relationship between lessees and landlords. In anticipation of the Rental Decree coming before the Flemish Parliament, we are highlighting the new aspects of the draft bill. Towards a broader scope: ‘a property or a part there
Notable points from the coalition agreement
The Dutch 2017-2021 coalition agreement: Key tax aspects
The Dutch coalition agreement for 2017-2021 was published on 10 October and, in fiscal terms, it contains a number of notable points: The introduction of a withholding tax on royalties and interest derived from sources going to countries with extremely low tax rates; Income tax rates are set to be divided into two brackets (36.93% and 49.5%) while tax credits will be raised (keeping with t
New rules for pension savings
New rules for a Private Supplementary Pension for newly self-employed persons as an ancillary occupation
Since the new copayment scheme for self-employed persons took effect, the rules for a Private Supplementary Pension for newly self-employed persons as an ancillary occupation have also changed. Until 1 January 2015 a starting self-employed person in an ancillary occupation could immediately save for a supplementary pension, on the condition that he or she paid at least the same social security

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