Doing business in Belgium

Belgium desk

Due to its geographic location and the fact that Dutch is spoken in large parts of Belgium, the Netherlands and Belgium have long been important partners. Many people cross the border to go to work every day. Despite intra-EU cooperation in various areas, there are still wide differences between the tax rules and other procedures in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Belgian business culture and customs

There are still major differences between the Netherlands and Belgium in terms of culture, administrative requirements and government institutions. If you are doing business in Belgium, or plan to do so, it is advisable to be well informed. We encounter many practical questions, such as the following:

  • Which legal form(s) is/are best for me to run my business in Belgium/the Netherlands?
  • In which country will I/my company/my employee have to pay tax? And from when? And what taxes will have to be paid?
  • Will my company be considered to have a permanent establishment when I set up new activities in another country?
  • What are the registration requirements?
  • What is a Limosa declaration? And does the ConstruBadge apply?
  • What is a notional interest deduction? And how can I use it here?
  • What are the social security consequences for me or my employees? Can I keep my current health insurance?
  • Where do I pay tax if I receive my Dutch pension in Belgium?
  • Where do I pay tax on redundancy pay if I have worked in different countries?
  • What is the most advantageous international structure for my business?
  • What are the VAT rules for international business?
  • What are the biggest differences between the Netherlands and Belgium when it comes to running a successful business? What are the do’s and don’ts?
  • What are the practices and customs of doing business in Belgium? What is the business culture like in Belgium?
  • What are the consequences of emigrating to Belgium or remigrating to the Netherlands?
  • How can I transfer my assets tax-efficiently to my future heirs (by gift or inheritance)?

More information?

Danny Nieuwenhuijze MSc RB

Tax advisor
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