News articles written by Philip Maertens

Update COVID-19 and cross-border employment: agreement with Germany extended

5 January 2021

In our newsflash of 31 August 2020 we announced the extension of the mutual agreement between Belgium and Germany, which includes a “force majeure tolerance” for cross-border workers in relation to COVID-19 (travel) restrictions. Although the first vaccines have been distributed, the COVID-19 pandemic still has a huge impact on our lives. It is anticipated

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

10 December 2020

In our newsflash of 28 August 2020 we announced the extension of the mutual agreement between Belgium and the Netherlands, which includes a “force majeure tolerance” for cross-border workers in relation to COVID-19 (travel) restrictions. The number of officially registered COVID-19 infections in Europe is still significant. Home working has become the new normal and

Update COVID-19 and cross-border employment: agreement with France extended

9 December 2020

We refer to our newsflash of 1 September 2020 in which we announced the extension until 31 December 2020 of the mutual agreement between Belgium and France, which includes a “force majeure tolerance” for cross-border workers in relation to COVID-19 (travel) restrictions. Currently, most European countries (including Belgium and France) are trying to overcome “the

Cadastral income for properties abroad?

8 December 2020

On 12 November 2020 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) imposed a lump-sum fine of EUR 2 million and a daily penalty of EUR 7.500 for each day that the Belgian tax authorities continue to maintain a difference in tax treatment for rental income depending on whether the property is located in Belgium or abroad.

Update – American Belgians risk losing their Belgian bank account

8 December 2020

As stated in our newsflash of 23 August 2019, Belgians with the American nationality risk losing their Belgian bank accounts because of the strict application of the U.S. FATCA-legislation. In reply to a recent parliamentary question, the Minister of Finance provided further input on this matter going forward. Accidental Americans In application of the Foreign