News articles written by Philip Maertens

Upcoming changes to the Belgian expat regime – What’s on the table?

15 October 2021

What has been in the air for some time is probably becoming a reality, at an accelerated pace. In the framework of the agreement on the Belgian budget, the Federal Government announced its intention to amend the special regime for foreign executives, who are working temporarily in Belgium under specific conditions, by reducing certain benefits

Tax forms 281.10 and 281.20 – Get ready to map and report the actual reimbursement of expenses of your employees and directors!

3 September 2021

According to article 57 of the Belgian income tax code (hereafter ‘BITC’), certain costs will only be tax deductible to the extent that they are properly reported on individual fee forms (281.10 for employees and 281.20 for company directors). This includes commissions, brokerage fees, trade rebates or other discounts, remuneration, bonuses, fees, allowances (‘vergoedingen’ /

Cross-border employment Belgium-Luxembourg: “24-days” rule becomes “34-days” rule

2 September 2021

In our newsflash of 20 June 2019, we referred to the negotiations regarding the double tax treaty concluded between Belgium and Luxembourg, with respect to the taxation of individuals working in a cross-border context and more specifically on the possible relaxation of the existing tolerance of 24 days. On 31 August 2021, the Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo

Home working expense allowance – update

7 July 2021

On 1 July 2021 an addendum (Circular 2021/C/62) was issued to the Circular 2021/C/20 of 26 February 2021 on employer contributions for home office work. The Circular 2021/C/20 of 26 February 2021 discusses the tax system for employer contributions for home office work. According to this Circular, employers may grant employees who structurally and regularly

Workforce Podcast – The future of work: what’s next?

25 June 2021

The future of work: what’s next?   The world of work is developing rapidly. The digital revolution had already increased the pace of change, and the impact of COVID-19 has only added fuel to fire. The pandemic showed us that companies are ready and willing to truly embrace flexible and remote working. Indeed, across industries

Update COVID-19 and cross-border employment: Agreement with the Netherlands extended

24 June 2021

In our newsflash of 12 March 2021 we referred to the extension until 30 June 2021 of the mutual agreement between Belgium and the Netherlands, which includes a “force majeure tolerance” for cross-border workers in relation to government imposed COVID-19 (travel) restrictions.  With ongoing vaccination marathons the end of the global pandemic definitely seems to

Newsflash – Update foreign real estate

24 June 2021

In our newsflashes of 8 December 2020 and 18 March 2021, we referred to the difference in tax treatment for foreign real estate compared to real estate located in Belgium and to the new way of working by attributing a “Belgian cadastral income (kadastraal inkomen / revenu cadastral)” to each foreign real estate. A cadastral