Start your own business in Belgium - Online Edition Thursday 20 May 2021 Welcome to the 2021 edition of Belgium's premier business start up event. This event is dedicated to helping you set up your business in Belgium. This half day seminar takes you through all the practical and essential steps you need to take to get your business up and running. Local Knowledge has teamed up with ING, The Bulletin, Group S and LBBH to bring you expert advice on how to start your own business in Belgium. Once again this event is running as an interactive webinar – read on for more details. Registration is free but compulsory. Date: 20 May 2021 Platform – Webinar – Room opens 13h45 14h00 Opening session: Introduction to the format and the speakers 14h10 Keynote - hear from a local entrepreneur 14h40 Each expert introduces their subject - company structures, social security for self-employed, tax matters, banking and finance. 15h00 Parallel break out rooms - you move from session to session to get more information on each of the issues that interest you. We also have a facilitated networking room where you can chat informally to other participants. Post your questions in the chat session [...]
Start your own business in Belgium - Online Edition Thursday 14 May 2020 Welcome to 2020 edition of Belgium's premier business start up event. This event is dedicated to helping you set up your business in Belgium. This half day seminar takes you through all the practical and essential steps you need to take to get your business up and running. Local Knowledge has teamed up with ING, The Bulletin, Group S and LBBH to bring you expert advice on how to start your own business in Belgium. We’re adapting to the times and running the event as an interactive webinar this year – read on for more details. Registration is free but compulsory. Date: 14 May 2020 Platform – Webinar – Room opens 13h30 14h00 Opening session with Anne-Sofie van den Born 14h30 Types of company & freelancer structure in Belgium (Local Knowledge) 15h00 Self-employment & social security (Group S) 15h30 Tax matters (LBBH) 16h00 Banking and finance ING) 16h30 Open session: Ask an expert Key features Our audience is free to come and go as they please so it is not a requirement to attend all sessions – you can zoom in on the sessions that are of interest to you We will [...]
If your business has collapsed following the special measures introduced in Belgium on 13th March you can apply to have your social security payments delayed. Apply via your social insurance agency (the organisation that sends you an invoice every quarter for social contributions).
We've been talking about it for a while and it should soon be a reality – paternity leave for the self-employed. The new law makes provision for self-employed fathers to enjoy a paid paternity leave of 10 days along with a €79 allowance per day. And in case one the father can’t take it, he can take titres-services/dienst-cheques instead. Read the full article by l'Echo (only available in FR). — Source: L'Echo
Thanks to all who came and contributed to making our annual seminar on how to set up a business in Belgium such an amazing event. Over 70 participants came together to pick up some practical tips and to hear from other entrepreneurs’ experiences. Looking forward to keeping in touch and hearing how you are all getting on! Subscribe to our newsletter to keep informed about our next events! Thanks to our sponsors - The Bulletin , ING and Group S.
Among the many measures proposed by Belgium’s ‘taxshift’ measures, is the gradual decrease in social security contributions paid by self-employed. of the independent workers gradually decreases. This year the final phase has come into effect with a new, lower rate of 20.5% on professional income. This rate applies to all self-employed people. 2018 social security contributions The table gives an overview of the basic social security contributions per quarter for 2018. According to your income, these contributions can be higher. In order to accurately estimate your income, you may use this Social security contributions simulation tool (Only available in FR and NL). Source: Partena Professional
From 1 January 2018, the self-employed who are unable to work due to illness or an accident will get support from their mutuelle (social security fund) sooner. The ‘waiting period’ (non-compensable period) has decreased from 1 month to 14 days. This means that from your 15th day of incapacity you will be supported by the mutuelle. As a result you should inform your mutuelle of illness within 14 calendar days (rather than 28 days as before). This waiting period is effective from the 1st day following the beginning of the inability to work. Note: In case of a late submission of the inability-to-work declaration, the compensations due to you will be reduced by 10% per day from the day the indemnity is due until the day the declaration is submitted. The new rules also apply to spouses who are registered as assisting their partner with their business. Source: Partena Professional
In the past, self-employed workers who wanted to reduce their contributions after experiencing a drop in income were often unable to do so. To try to make it easier for people to take account of fluctuations in their income, the Government has introduced 4 new reduction thresholds (to add to the 2 existing thresholds) so that more people can adjust their contributions to match their actual income. The new thresholds are applicable to contributions from the first quarter of 2018. Source: Partena Professional