As recently communicated in the Belgian media, Belgians with the American nationality risk losing their Belgian bank accounts because of the strict application of the U.S. FATCA-legislation. FATCA In application of the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), which is also applicable in relation to U.S. citizens residing in Belgium, financial institutions outside the U.S.
On 18 January 2016, the Belgian Federal Public Service of Finance (FPS Finance) announced that, following consultation with the financial sector, it will apply an administrative tolerance as regards the introduction of the FATCA files relating to income year 2014. This information has to be communicated to the FPS Finance at the latest on 15
On 15 December 2015, the Belgian Federal Public Service of Finance (“FPS Finance”) issued a communication with respect to the bill voted on 10 December 2015 implementing (amongst other things) Directive 2014/107/EU (amending Directive 2011/16/EU as regards automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation) and the US-Belgium Intergovernmental Agreement of 23 April 2014 (on
On 10 December 2015, the Belgian Parliament voted – in plenary session – the bill “on the communication of information relating to financial accounts, by Belgian financial institutions and the Federal Public Authority of Finance, within the framework of an automatic exchange of information at international level for tax purposes”. The purpose of this new
On 26 November, the Belgian Government introduced a bill of law comprising, already, some changes to the brand-new Financial Sector Contribution (FSC) introduced by the Act of 10 August 2015. As a reminder, the FSC is the result of the multiplication of three factors: “FSC = Qualifying Liabilities x FSC Rate x NID Rate”. It
The Federal Public Department of Finance has released the Belgian FATCA Guidance Notes in draft format. For more information about the draft, you can read the 138-page text here: http://finances.belgium.be/fr/binaries/2015-04-belgian-guidance-notes-draft_tcm307-266568.pdf Additional information about the implementation of FATCA in Belgium can be found on the Federal Public Department of Finance’s website: http://finances.belgium.be/fr/E-services/fatca/. Belgian contacts: Stéphane Martin