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New Royal Decree of 23 September 2020 extends obligations of the Belgian UBO register

26 November 2020

On 1 October 2020, the Royal Decree of 23 September 2020 was published in the Belgian Official Gazette which amends the Royal Decree of 30 July 2018 on the modalities of operation of the UBO register. In addition to textual adjustments and technical corrections, the new Royal Decree introduces new (disclosure) obligations. Supporting documents to

EU Combined Nomenclature 2021 published

23 November 2020

On 30 October 2020 a new version of the Combined Nomenclature for 2021 (also known as “the Tariff”) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Tariff is used for the classification of the goods for imports and trade between the EU member states (i.e. Intrastat). The new version of the

Company cars: decrease of the lump sum benefit in kind will no longer be possible

19 November 2020

If we’re talking about company cars, there’s one element that keeps on coming back over the past few years: our fleet needs to become greener. Now, the Belgian parliament has introduced a Proposal of Law (Doc 55 0904 – 2019/2020)which is (again) looking at the reference CO2-emission which is used to determine the taxable benefit

National courts to interpret milestone EU Danish cases on beneficial ownership and abuse

17 November 2020

On 26 February 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgments in the so-called “Danish cases”. The underlying question of these cases was whether dividend and interest payments could be exempt from withholding tax under the EU Parent Subsidiary and Interest & Royalty Directives, when the payments were made from

Company cars: the list of false hybrids has been updated

10 November 2020

Over the past few years, the taxation of cars has been linked more and more to their ecological footprint, and more specifically, their CO2-emission. This is not different for hybrid cars. Half a year after the previous update, the list of corresponding vehicles for “fake hybrids” has been updated again. You can find the list

Draft bill introducing a new annual tax on securities accounts

9 November 2020

On 31 October 2020, the Council of Ministers approved a draft bill introducing a new annual tax on securities accounts in the Code of Various Duties and Taxes (CVDT). The Council of State is being requested to give its opinion on the draft bill. The Government intends to submit the bill to Parliament by year-end.

Announcement of supportive measures for the Belgian economy during the second COVID-19 wave

6 November 2020

After the introduction of the first waves of supportive financial measures linked to the first ‘lockdown’ from March till May 2020, the newly formed government has decided to take additional economic, tax and financial measures. The goal is to soften the economic consequences of the restrictions introduced last week in order to cope with the