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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.

  • Accountants
  • Auditors
  • Tax advisers
  • Legal advisers
  • Capital advisers
  • Corporate finance
  • Business controlling
  • Family advisers

100% at your service

  • Doing business in Belgium
  • International tax services
  • VAT
  • International mobility
  • Labour and personnel
  • Posting of workers
  • Salary split and expats
  • Transfer pricing
  • Global R&D Incentives
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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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Anna Mordkowicz
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
Van Havermaet International

International mobility

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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Anna Mordkowicz
Partner
Van Havermaet International

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  (spatie teveel) advise, represent and make sure your company is compliant towards the local authorities in the fields.

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Veronique Kmetyko
Director
Van Havermaet International

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, UK, but also with other countries worldwide.

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Jonas Derycke
Partner
Van Havermaet International

Transfer pricing

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
Partner
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
Partner
Van Havermaet International

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Update: Extension of the corona measures up in Belgium until 19 April 2020

Update: Extension of the corona measures up in Belgium until 19 April 2020

The National Security Council of 27 March decided to extend the measures taken previously by two weeks, i.e. up until 19 April. They can then be extended for a further two weeks, i.e. up until 3 May. The situation will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.

Limosa  - new version receipt and impact coronavirus

Limosa – new version receipt and impact coronavirus

As of 25 March 2020, a new version of the Limosa-1 receipt will be issued. And in times of Corona, we’ve worked out a few practical examples about what should be done specifically with Limosa notifications already made, which cover the periode of the Corona crisis.

Corona - Effects on an agreement

Corona – Effects on an agreement

You can’t continue with your agreement because of the coronavirus?

Is the coronavirus grounds for invoking force majeure?

Can you terminate an agreement because of the coronavirus outbreak? Is there a case of force majeure?

Force majeure is a legal concept that means that an unforeseeable event occurs, beyond the debtor’s control, which makes it temporarily or permanently impossible to fulfil an obligation. In order to qualify as force majeure, three conditions must be met:

  • It must be an unforeseeable event,
  • beyond the debtor’s control,
  • which makes it temporarily or permanently impossible to fulfil an obligation.

With all of the above, you should take into account that agreements and/or general terms and conditions often contain agreements to the contrary.

For example, certain events may have been excluded as grounds for force majeure (e.g. this could be the case for an epidemic), it may have been agreed that if the force majeure continues for a certain period of time, the agreement may in any case be terminated, it may have been agreed which party must bear any additional costs, …

So when you are confronted with a possible force majeure situation, you should always carefully check the agreements you have made with your counterparty.

If you enter into a contracting agreement in the near future, be sure to include a force majeure clause referring to the corona crisis.

What effect can the coronavirus have on an agreement?

As a result of the coronavirus measures, many companies are faced with cancellations of orders and terminations of agreements. It goes without saying that this has a lot of negative consequences for both parties. But who should swallow the bitter (financial) pill?

In order to answer this question, we have to go back to the provisions that were provided for in the agreement between the parties and/or the general terms and conditions. In those documents you can often read how a cancellation and/or termination will take place (Within what period of time should this take place? What amounts must be refunded? What amounts may be retained as compensation?).

However, even if the agreement between the parties is continued, certain changes may occur as a result of the aforementioned measures. For example, there may be clauses allowing price adjustments in certain exceptional circumstances.

More and more, especially in international trade agreements, we also see the application of so-called ‘hardship clauses’. Where force majeure concerns the impossibility of fulfilling an obligation, hardship clauses are provided for cases in which it becomes more difficult to fulfil an obligation. Usually, price adjustments can also be made on the basis of such clauses, which can of course have far-reaching consequences.

Therefore it is important to examine all the provisions of the applicable commercial law documents carefully or to send them to us for an review.

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