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VAT in Belgium

Updated on Thursday 28th April 2016

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VAT-in-Belgium.jpgValue added tax (VAT) has been introduced in Belgium starting with 1st of January 1971; the standard VAT is applicable at a rate of 21% for goods and services commercialized on the Belgian territory. Investors interested in opening a company in Belgium should know that the government also applies reduced VAT rates for certain categories of products and services; our company formation agents can provide you with further information on the VAT available in Belgium, but also on the VAT registration, compulsory for all businesses set up here. 
 

VAT rates and VAT returns 

 
The standard VAT is of 21%; Belgium applies a reduced VAT, applicable at the rates of 12% and 6% for several categories of goods and services, as follows: 
 
the rate of 12% is applied to foodstuffs, agricultural products, social housing, catering industry and several minerals used as energy products;
the rate of 6% is applied to foodstuffs, water, medicaments, medical equipment designed for persons with physical disabilities, transportation (for passengers), books and cultural events; our company formation specialists can provide you with a detailed list of services and products in this category. 
 
Any foreign company with operations on the territory of Belgium must file for VAT registration and for VAT return. The VAT returns must be completed by your company on a monthly basis; you can also opt for a quarterly basis VAT returns, but only under certain conditions. 
 

VAT procedures for foreign companies in Belgium 

 
Foreign companies which have to file for VAT returns qualify for the special measures imposed by the European Union, under the Article 194 of the VAT Directive. As such, non-resident suppliers providing supplies of goods must file for reverse charge if the customer to whom the goods are being sold is a resident tax payer in Belgium who has filed for VAT return; the customer can also be a non-resident paying tax in Belgium who owns a VAT number. The same rule is applicable for the supply of services. 
 
If you need further details on the VAT legislation applicable in Belgium, please contact our company formation representatives, who can offer you assistance according to your business plan. 
 

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