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DAC6 – EC’s feedback on the questions raised by Member States

31 October 2018

On 24 September 2018, EU Member States dedicated the entire meeting of the European Commission (EC)’s Working Party IV to seeking more clarity from the EC concerning the interpretation of Council Directive 2018/822/EU of 25 May 2018 amending Directive 2011/16/EU as regards mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation in relation to

Transitional law for expats under the current Dutch 30% ruling

30 October 2018

In our Newsflashes of 24 April 2018 and 30 May 2018, we already referred to the announcement of the Dutch government that it will reduce the maximum duration of the 30% ruling, notably from 8 to 5 years, as of 1 January 2019. This proposed legislation to reduce the Dutch expat ruling will also apply to

Multilateral transfer pricing audits: EU JTPF publishes recommendations

30 October 2018

The EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum (“EU JTPF” or “the Forum”) recently published its report “A coordinated approach to transfer pricing controls within the EU”, which aims to address the lack of guidance on bilateral and multilateral transfer pricing audits. The objective of the report, inspired by a number of successful pilot cases, is to

VAT deduction on deal fees for an aborted transaction

18 October 2018

Ryanair incurred considerable deal fees in relation to an envisaged takeover of a competitor. The takeover failed. Ryanair claimed input VAT deduction on the professional costs incurred based on its intention to perform taxable transactions with input VAT credit. In relation to deal fees, generally, input VAT deduction is allowed if management services against consideration

Schooling clause updated

15 October 2018

On October 4th, the Chamber approved a draft Act introducing a schooling clause for bottleneck jobs whereby the minimum salary threshold of € 34.180/year that is applicable as a condition for regular schooling clauses will no longer apply if the education to which the schooling clause relates, is for a “bottleneck job” (knelpuntberoep/métier en pénurie).

Option to apply VAT on rent: adopted!

10 October 2018

The Belgian Parliament has approved last week the new law allowing to opt for VAT on professional rent. Two important dates: The new rules are applicable as from 1st January 2019 Option is possible if the construction of the building started as from 1st October The VAT administration will publish detailed comments, a.o. on the