In our previous newsflash, we already informed you about the new (disclosure) obligations in the UBO-register imposed by the Royal Decree of 23 September 2020. Our experience shows us that, as it was previously not required by the Law, for many companies currently not all information on intermediary entities has been recorded in the UBO-register
On 1 October 2020, the Royal Decree of 23 September 2020 was published in the Belgian Official Gazette which amends the Royal Decree of 30 July 2018 on the modalities of operation of the UBO register. In addition to textual adjustments and technical corrections, the new Royal Decree introduces new (disclosure) obligations. Supporting documents to
On 31 October 2020, the Council of Ministers approved a draft bill introducing a new annual tax on securities accounts in the Code of Various Duties and Taxes (CVDT). The Council of State is being requested to give its opinion on the draft bill. The Government intends to submit the bill to Parliament by year-end.
The shareholders’ register is an important cornerstone for every company. A shareholders’ register provides an overview of who the shareholders are, when they became shareholders and which shares a company has. Paper shareholders’ registers involve multiple risks. They can get lost, entries can be incomplete or there can be discussions about who has the voting
Belgian tax residents who wish to donate personal movable assets, can do so in a number of different manners and each manner bears its specific tax consequences. A first way to perform a donation is by manual delivery of the asset, eg cash or a work of art, or as an indirect gift (eg transfer
We refer to our previous communication regarding the Belgian UBO register. Under the anti-money laundering legislation, all companies, (international) non profit organisations, foundations, trusts and legal entities comparable to trusts under Belgian law had to register their ultimate beneficial owners in the Belgian UBO register by 31 December 2019 at the latest. In addition to
The new Flemish Government has announced some important changes in the field of bequests and donations. 1. Duo bequest (duo-legaat / duo-legs) In case of a so called ‘duo bequest’, (part of) the estate is left to a charity organisation under the condition to pay out a certain amount of the bequest to a
On 30 September 2019, the Flemish negotiating political parties presented the Flemish Coalition Agreement (the Agreement), setting the scene and focus areas for the Flemish Government in the 5 years to come (read the full text here). The last chapter of the agreement outlines the priorities of this Flemish Government in terms of finances and