New measures for British citizens working and living in Belgium

Posted January 25th, 2019 in Belgian Law, News, Useful stuff by Louise

Belgium has taken new measures to ensure continuity of residence and employment rights of British citizens assuming that the UK may leave the European Union without any agreement on 30 March 2019. The Belgian Ministerial Council approved the draft text on Friday 18 January but it is not yet final.

British people already resident in Belgium will be treated as if they continued to be EU citizens until 30 December 2020. No further action required on their part for the time being. This right of residence also enables British people to work in Belgium until 30 December 2020 without needing a work permit. Belgium will continue to apply the European rules relating to social security. This means that British citizens will continue to build up social security rights until 31 December 2020.

The fact that the UK and the European Union may or may not reach an agreement will have little impact for British people who live and work in Belgium already.


Source: SD Worx

 

BREXIT: The deadline approaches

Posted October 12th, 2018 in Belgian Law, News, Useful stuff by Caroline

The Brexit deadline, set for 29th March 2019, will soon be upon us. Meanwhile there is still no deal. Regardless of the deal-no-deal situation the good news is that Brexit won’t affect taxation of professional incomes. This is because these rules are governed by a bilateral tax treaty and not by EU rules.

To get a more concrete picture of the potential consequences of a hard Brexit, you can read the full article written by SD Worx (only available in FR). They provide two exemples of the possible differences between the present situation and the one after Brexit. In the meantime, let’s still hope that an agreement is reached in time.


Source: SD Worx

Have you overestimated your state pension in Belgium?

Posted November 10th, 2016 in Expenses, Useful stuff by Louise

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According to a study by Securex, most self employed people in Belgium overestimate the amount that they think they will get when they retire by 25%.

A survey showed that most freelancers thought they would get over €1000 per month whereas the true figure is closer to €800.

 

 

Do you use your own car for work?

Posted October 27th, 2016 in News, Useful stuff by Louise

pexels-photo-125514The amount you can claim per kilometre is currently 0.3363€. As long as you stick to this amount, no tax or social security is due on the payment although you need to keep a record of where you went and when. This amount applies until June 30 2017.

Business Expenses

Posted September 25th, 2012 in Useful stuff by Louise

We are often asked by our clients  starting out in business what they can and can’t deduct as business expenses. There is no list in Belgium setting out what can and cannot be deducted. However, personal expenses are not deductible if they are nothing to do with work.  To discourage the practice, the Belgian government introduced a 309% tax on any personal expenses  booked as business expenses.  Now we are informed by the Belgian newsletter Astuces & Conseils that the 309% tax will not apply to work dinners judged to be excessive although they may still end up being rejected as business expenses.  In sum, you still need to be sure that you log your professional lunches and dinners so that you know who you dined with in case you are ever asked.

Bonus schemes in Belgium

Posted February 15th, 2012 in Belgian Law, Useful stuff by Louise

If you are planning to set up a bonus scheme for your employees that relates to 2012 organisational objectives, you need to file your plan before 30 April 2012. Continue Reading »

What’s the weather like today in Brussels?

Posted February 13th, 2012 in Useful stuff by Louise

If you’re coming to Brussels to do business, check out the weather here before you travel. Introducing our favourite (and most accurate) weather forecast for Brussels.

Register your NGO online – update Nov 2012

Posted February 2nd, 2012 in Set up a non-profit organisation, Useful stuff by Louise

The online registration facility for ASBL/VZW registration in Belgium is now operational.

The link to the new registration site is https://www.egreffe.be/evzw/fr/homepage for French and https://www.egreffe.be/evzw/nl_BE/homepage for Dutch.

The process is not available for AISBL (international association) registration since a notary and a Royal Decree are requirements for this process.

Calculate how much your company car will cost you in 2012

Posted January 5th, 2012 in Expenses, News, Useful stuff by Louise

One of Belgium’s payroll agencies, Partena, has published a useful tool that allows you to see how much your company car is going to cost you in 2012 under new tax rules which came into force on 1st January 2012. The new rules calculate the taxable value of your car based on four criteria: CO2 emissions, the catalogue value of the car, the type of fuel used and the distance between your home and office.

Partena’s tool also allows you to compare the cost in 2011 with the new cost in 2012.  It is available here http://partenahr.be/s_car_atn.aspx?&Langtype=2060

Establish your bank holidays for 2012 now

Posted November 8th, 2011 in Belgian Law, News, Useful stuff by Louise

As those of you who are employers in Belgium know, you must establish replacement days for any bank holiday that falls on a Saturday or Sunday in 2012 before 15th December 2011. Continue Reading »