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.


Interested? Please contact us!
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For purchasing, constructing and renovating
Reduced 12% VAT rate will now also apply to private initiatives for social housing
Since 1 January 2017 the focus of the reduced 12% VAT rate in social housing has been further extended, and from now on any private investor, natural person or legal entity can – under certain conditions – enjoy the reduced VAT rate if the accommodation is ultimately intended for rental within the framework of social housing.  1. Existing lower VAT rates for social housing remain in pl
Control your own legacy with this new agreement
Bill proposing that inheritance law be reformed: what can we expect?
Belgian inheritance law, which is still largely derived from the 1804 Napoleonic Code, is ripe for a comprehensive overhaul. And so the demand for a new and modernised law of inheritance that is more in equilibrium with the needs of contemporary society has existed for quite some time. On 25 January 2017 a new bill was introduced in parliament, which entails amending the Civil Code insofar as inhe
How to combine studying and working?
The status of students
As a result of recent legislative amendments, the status of students has changed in a number of areas. A new status has been created for self-employed students, while for those students employed under an employment contract the work they do is no longer recorded on a daily basis, but rather on an hourly one. Below we have set out a number of the most significant changes and provided a brief summar
Tax & Legal Services
Classic cars: an interesting investment from a tax perspective?
Aficionados of ‘collectible cars’ have – and still do – purchased countless classic cars out of both a love for vintage vehicles and to proudly display their showpieces to the world. However, in recent years classic cars are increasingly purchased as an investment by both wealthy and less-wealthy individuals. So when does such an investment become appealing in terms of taxation – when pu
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Are you selling your property at a higher value than you think?
With interest rates for loans at a historic low in recent years, many Belgians have ventured to invest in additional property – saving for a rainy day, as it were.
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Year-end optimisations: profit-sharing bonus, bonus or dividend?
At the conclusion of the financial year it emerges that the company has garnered a healthy profit, and as the shareholder and managing director, you would also like to get a slice of the pie by means of paying out a portion of the profit into a private account. In this article we examine a few of the most common techniques to do this and we explain the advantages, disadvantages and the legal impli
Law published in the Belgian Official Journal
The new deduction for innovation revenue explained
As a result of the BEPS action plan Belgium had to assess its existing patent box against the principles contained in the OECD recommendations and introduce any required changes by 30 June 2016. The result was that the existing patent income deduction was abolished and replaced by a new deduction for innovation revenue. A brief history The summer of 2016 saw the end of the Belgian tax-friendl
Dividends & liquidation reserves
Dividends: as an SME, can you still see the forest for the trees?
Dividends – they should be a simple matter, but it is not always easy as a small company to see the forest for the trees. Ordinary dividends, VVPRbis dividends, liquidation reserves... do you know the differences between them all and what to look out for? 1. Ordinary dividends Ordinary dividends are dividends that are distributed by the general meeting. There are three types of ordinary
Asset planning
Is it (fiscally) appealing to gift immoveable property?
In 2015 the Flemish government drastically cut the gift tax rates on immoveable property. There was an almost immediate rise in the gifting of property, a trend that has continued in 2016, according to the figures. There are also plans for amending the inheritance and matrimonial property laws, while there have been proposals to cut the rates for inheritance tax for collateral relatives and betwee
Measures for improving work-life balance
The Workable Work Act – what can you expect?
On Thursday 5 January the draft bill for the new Workable Work Act (Wet Wendbaar Werk) was presented to Parliament. If approved, it will take effect on 1 February 2017 and introduce a number of important measures for improving the work-life balance of employees on the one hand while increasing the competitive strength of Belgian companies on the other. We have provided a brief summary of the new m

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