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If you want to do business across borders successfully, you can count on the Van Havermaet experts who will provide you with advice and assistance. No theoretical solutions, but immediately the correct approach to take the right steps. That is our main objective.
We screen the international framework, look for the optimal solution and take care of the concrete implementation. In doing so, we combine the interests of the company, its shareholders and its employees.
We can provide you with in-depth advice on all aspects of doing business internationally, contracting and performing in Belgium and cross-border employment. We link theory to practice and relieve you of all your worries in all areas. Very specifically concerning Brexit and the consequences for VAT, employment and work permits, single permits, etc… you can rely on our experts.
Our specialists work together with their English-speaking colleagues through our relationship network and our international professional association Morison KSi. This collaboration guarantees equal and specialised expertise, short lines of communication and a no-nonsense approach.
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- Doing business in Belgium
- International tax services
- Global mobility
- Belgian payroll services
- Posting of workers
- Salary split and expats
- Transfer pricing
- Global R&D Incentives
- Corporate Finance
- Business Controlling
Doing business in Belgium
Belgium is divided into three regions and three communities, each with its own set of rules when it comes to legal matters. This makes doing business in this country quite complex.
In order to allow you to concentrate successfully on your Belgian business, we take care of all legal matters and outline the legal-framework within which you can do business safely. In addition we can handle the complete administration that goes with it.
International tax services
Does your company do business in multiple countries? Or do you have to comply with different local tax legislations? Then you are surely aware that one important key of business success is closely monitoring and managing your international tax strategy. But that is easier said than done.
Our legal, tax, VAT and transfer pricing teams are eager to assist you with all aspects of your international taxation needs. We can rely on our international KSi Morison association, with world-wide presence in more than 83 countries.
Companies operating across borders are faced with more and more VAT obligations: not just in Belgium, but also in the other EU Member States. Managing VAT problems requires a high level of experience and knowledge.
In most situations, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals do need a visa to enter Belgium and a work permit/professional card. However, the Belgian law is very strict when it comes to granting these permits.
Van Havermaet International takes care of the paperwork for you.
Belgian payroll services
If you are a foreign company wanting to act as an employer in Belgium, you have to comply with a whole range of duties and formalities, considering all social, fiscal and labour law rules.
Mandated as your representative, Van Havermaet International takes care of all your legal and administrative requirements.
Posting of workers
When it comes to working abroad, each country has its own set of rules. Our objective is to present you proactive first level advice on all applicable rules and regulations.
Our one-stop business unit will advise, represent and make sure your company is compliant towards the local authorities in the fields.
Salary split and expats
Our teams help your company, directors and employees in setting up a salary split or requesting the special tax regime for expatriates. We have specialist knowledge in securing salary splits and expatriate tax status with our neighbouring countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, the UK, but also with other countries worldwide.
Our transfer pricing expert team can help you in deciding on an appropriate transfer pricing policy for cross-border intragroup transactions. In doing so, we document at arm’s length profit margins, amongst others for manufacturing entities, low-risk distributors, foreign branches, set up in Belgium or abroad. We align your transfer pricing policy with your business goals, whilst taking into account international tax planning opportunities.
Global R&D Incentives
The Belgian government encourages specific R&D incentives in the form of corporate tax credits, patent income tax exemptions, wage withholding tax reductions, government grants… But how can your company fully benefit of these advantages?
Our R&D tax professionals are available to assist you in identifying all R&D tax optimisation opportunities for your business.
As accountants, we are your company’s first-line advisor.
We ensure that all your legal obligations are completed correctly and on time, and we also assist you in word and deed. Based on historical figures, we take a proactive approach, look ahead together with you and try to get more out of your company through clear advice.
Our Corporate Finance department can help you with mergers, acquisitions and financial advice. In mergers, takeovers or business transfers, we represent your interests to third parties in full confidence, discretion and independence. Whether it’s about the negotiations themselves, the contracts, the valuation or the audit, you can count on us for both the transaction and the preparatory phase.
Our financial experts also provide a wide range of advice and help you to look ahead financially, if necessary in consultation with your bankers or investors. You can call on our Corporate Finance department for credit applications, investment analyses, feasibility studies and the translation of your company vision into a comprehensive business plan.
Our Business Controlling department processes your operational and financial information into automated and ready-to-use reports and/or dashboards. On the other hand, this department also helps you to predict the future of your company based on the past and assumptions. Business Controlling maps out your cost price and business processes and automates your information flows. This gives you everything you need to structure your business more and to steer it in a proactive way.
Information meetings of the Dutch Bureau for Belgian Affairs (BBZ)
Thanks to our many years of experience with cross-border work, we have a thorough knowledge of the relevant legal rules and the applicable formalities.
Moreover, we can benefit from an extensive network of relations with fellow advisers from the private and public sector.
For instance, we work together with the information officers of the social insurance authority (SVB) in the Netherlands and its Bureau for Belgian Affairs (BBZ) and we also contribute annually to their information meetings for entrepreneurs. This year again, three meetings have been planned in October, two on location and one digital session.
We will publish the exact dates and locations on this website as soon as they are known.
Transport: Mobility package
With the Mobility Package, the European legislator wants to put an end to social dumping and wants to strive for fair conditions of competition in the transport sector.
On 15 July 2020, the texts of the Mobility Package were accepted in second reading by the European Parliament, the publication took place on 31 July 2020. This put an end (at least for the time being) to a real legistic rollercoaster.
Some of the measures that have been taken are already in place, while others still need to be implemented. In this webinar we would like to look ahead together with you …
Entrepreneurs working across borders during Corona
What impact does COVID-19 have on entrepreneurs working across borders?
The Corona-pandemic has no borders. All over the world, local authorities have tried to arm the population and economy against the effects of the virus through various measures (introduction of social distancing rules, quarantine, shop closures, etc.). Gradually, more and more countries seem to be aiming for a relaxation of these measures and meanwhile, many (robust) exit strategies are already on the table in several countries, including Belgium.
What impact do the COVID-19 measures have when (re)starting your business in Belgium? How do you do it safely and efficiently? Which legal rules do you have to respect?
As you’ve come to expect from us, you will receive a complete legal framework to (re)start your business in Belgium. What is allowed and what is not allowed and what can/will (perhaps) bring the future?
Impact of the Posting of Workers Directive in Belgium
No later than 30 July 2020, Belgian legislation will be adapted to the “new” Posting of Workers Directive. These changes were introduced to combat unfair competition and to support the rights of posted workers.
This date is now approaching very quickly, but are you already fully aware of the impact of the “tightened” Posting of Workers Directive and what changes this will possibly bring to the pay and working conditions of your posted workers?
Belgium – Announced Social Inspections – Construction Sector (J.C.124) / Electrotechnical Sector (J.C.149) – May 2021
During the entire month of May 2021, the companies in the construction sector (J.C. 124) and the electrotechnical sector (J.C. 149) will be subjected to announced inspections, performed by the social inspection services.
UPDATE CORONA – Essential travel to Belgium to work remains permitted
Last Wednesday, 14 April, the Consultative Committee decided to amend a number of existing measures.
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VAN HAVERMAET OFFERS A FULL-SERVICE SOLUTION TO BELGIAN AND MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES.
Our multidisciplinary integrated approach aims to streamline your business. As our client, you can rely on tailored advice and support on all business related matters.
We commit ourselves to improve all your business requirements.
Van Havermaet International specifically focuses on
- international employment issues
- global mobility and related tax
- legal consequences
Whether you want to post employees or temp workers in Belgium or abroad, or you need a Belgian payroll, we will take care of all formalities.
- Tax advisers
- Legal advisers
- Capital advisers
- Corporate finance
- Business controlling
- Family advisers