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Frequently Asked Questions about Company Formation in Belgiu

Updated on Tuesday 06th October 2015

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Frequently-Asked-Questions-about-Company-Formation-in-Belgium.jpg1. Can a foreigner open a company in Belgium?

 
Belgium welcomes foreign investments and foreigners have the same rights to open a company as a native. However, they will need to comply with the existing legislation for investments.
 

2. What are the types of companies that can be incorporated in Belgium?

 
The private limited liability company is the most popular business form in the country. Other types of companies include the public limited company, the limited partnership, the partnership limited by shares, the general partnership, the cooperative, the sole proprietorship or branches of foreign companies.
 

3. Does the company need to have an office in Belgium?

 
A registered office based in Belgium is necessary for any company incorporated in the country.
 

4. What are the steps for company incorporation in Belgium?

 
- Choosing a suitable business structure
- Choosing an available name
- Drawing up the company documents
- Registration with the Belgian Trade Register
- Obtaining VAT number and other necessary permits and licenses
 

5. What is the minimum share capital in Belgium?

 
The minimum share capital depends on the type of company: it is 18,550 EUR for a private limited company and at least 61,500 for a public limited company.
 

6. What are the requirements for opening a bank account in Belgium?

 
The company’s bank account is important for future financial transactions as well as for depositing the share capital. Banks in Belgium will usually require the company’s incorporation documents and data about the founders in order to open a corporate account.
 

7. Do you need special permits and licenses in Belgium?

 
Yes. Licenses and permits are required for various business activities like selling or storing foodstuffs, importing and exporting various items and others.
 
 

8. What are the taxes for companies in Belgium?

 
Belgium has a corporate income tax of 33.99%. Payroll taxes, real property taxes and social security taxes and a transfer tax are also among the taxes for companies in Belgium
 

9. How fast can you start a new business in Belgium?

 
It can take as little as four days to open a company in Belgium.
 

10. What are the reasons to invest in Belgium?

 
Foreign investors choose open a Belgian company because of the central-European location, the multicultural environment, the qualified workforce and open economy.
 
For more information about investing in the country as well as requirements for company owners you can contact our company registration experts in Belgium.
 
 

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