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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: establishing a Belgian company, income tax, VAT, social tax and labour law, payroll, residence rules, accountancy, audit, M & A, family business, business controlling,  data analysis, corporate finance,….

We commit ourselves to improve all your business requirements.

Van Havermaet International specifically focuses on international employment issues, global mobility and related tax and 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.

We will set up the most optimal framework for expats and secure salary splits. We will guide you through transfer pricing matters, VAT, R&D tax optimisation, tax returns and all other international tax issues.

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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.

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Lieve Hendriks
Partner
Van Havermaet International

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.

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Gert De Greeve
Partner
Van Havermaet International

VAT

Companies operating cross 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.

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Hans Philips
Director VAT
Van Havermaet International

International mobility

Citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland can travel freely to Belgium and do not require a visa nor work permit to engage in economic activities. But under certain circumstances, extra paperwork is necessary upon their arrival in Belgium.

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 mobility takes care of the paperwork for you.

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Lieve Hendriks
Partner
Van Havermaet International

Labour and personnel

If you are a foreign company willing 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 Labour and personnel, takes care of all your legal and administrative requirements.

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Lieve Hendriks
Partner
Van Havermaet International

Posting of workers

When it comes to working abroad, each country has its own set of rules. If you regularly post your employees in multiple countries, it can be complex to keep up with all those specific regulations.

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.

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Anna Mordkowicz
Director
Van Havermaet International

Salary split and expats

Employees and directors working within an international context may obtain significant tax benefits when setting up a salary split or requesting the special tax regime for expatriates.

Our teams help your company, directors and employees in setting up the most optimal framework. We have specialist knowledge in securing salary splits and expatriate tax status with our neighbouring countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, UK, but also with other countries worldwide.

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Lieve Hendriks
Partner
Van Havermaet International

Transfer pricing

Transfer pricing has become one of the most important international tax issues, not only for multinational corporations, but also for small and medium-sized companies with international ambition. Luckily, for every issue, there is a solution.

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.

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Jonas Derycke
Director Tax
Van Havermaet International

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.

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Jonas Derycke
Director Tax
Van Havermaet International

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Payroll administration Q4

Payroll administration Q4

Employment and  self-employment in  the UK and Belgium

Employment and self-employment in the UK and Belgium

Determining whether an individual should be treated as being employed or self-employed in the UK is not always straightforward, but the difference in tax and employment law implications can be significant. In addition, special rules need to be considered where individuals act as employees but provide their services through personal companies.

The UK government is currently consulting on changes to both of these areas. In this article we provide an update on the current UK position, and the changes that are being considered.

By way of comparison, Hilde Tielens of Van Havermaet in Belgium has also kindly provided an overview of the rules in Belgium.

Future new work permit procedure - Single Permit

Future new work permit procedure – Single Permit

If an employer wishes to engage a non-EU national for the Belgian market, he must ensure that both residence and employment in Belgium are in order. As the competences in Belgium in this area are still spread over the federal government and the regions, it takes a lot of time and effort to fulfil all formalities. In order to facilitate the employment of non-EU nationals Europe obliges the EU Member States to introduce a single permit (=residence and work permit).

For Belgium this means that if the non-EU national will reside and work for more than 90 days on Belgian territory, the single permit procedure will apply. The application is submitted to the Economic Migration Service. After examining the file, the Immigration Department will issue the ‘single permit’. The electronic residence card will contain a reference to admission to employment. Paper work permits will no longer be issued.

However, for a stay and employment of 90 days or less, the existing procedure (old procedure) of two permits will continue to apply.

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