Snapshot: tax concerns for personal shoppers in Belgium

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Residence and domicile

How does a person change into taxable in your jurisdiction?

A person turns into taxable in Belgium when she or he turns into a Belgian resident. A Belgian tax resident is a person who has his or her foremost residence in Belgium. A person who doesn’t have his or her foremost residence in Belgium, however who has the seat of his or her fortune in Belgium additionally qualifies as a Belgian resident. Residency is assessed on all related factual circumstances. Nonetheless, the registration of the person within the Nationwide Register creates a rebuttable presumption of residency. A person shall be irrebuttably presumed to be a Belgian resident when his or her partner (and household) reside in Belgium.

Belgian residency triggers the legal responsibility to pay Belgian private earnings taxes over the next varieties of earnings and beneficial properties:

  • earnings of actual property;
  • earnings of capital;
  • earnings {of professional} actions and pensions; and
  • earnings of numerous sources and (capital) beneficial properties.

 

Reward tax and inheritance tax are a competence of the Belgian area (Flemish Area, Brussels Capital Area and Walloon Area) the place the donor has or the deceased had his or her residence.

Earnings

What, if any, taxes apply to a person’s earnings?

Earnings of capital is taxed at flat charges.

In precept, dividends are taxed at a flat price of 30 per cent, regardless of the quantity of dividends earned. Belgium doesn’t grant a credit score for international withholding tax. The international withholding tax can solely be deducted from the gross dividend to find out the taxable foundation in Belgium. Upon fulfilment of situations and deadlines, dividends may be taxed at a flat price of 15 per cent. Dividends acquired upon the liquidation of an organization qualify for a flat tax price of 10 per cent if situations are met.

As for dividends, the essential tax price for curiosity earnings is a flat price of 30 per cent. Curiosity earnings from financial savings accounts inside the European Financial Space (EEA) can qualify for a decrease price of 15 per cent if situations are met.

Earnings {of professional} actions and pensions are taxed at progressive charges as much as 50 per cent. The essential charges may be elevated with surcharges as much as roughly 53.5 per cent.

 

Capital beneficial properties

What, if any, taxes apply to a person’s capital beneficial properties?

Positive aspects realised upon the switch of shares will not be taxed within the arms of a Belgian tax resident when the sale or contribution qualifies as regular personal wealth administration. In precept, a sale to a 3rd celebration can qualify as regular personal wealth administration. The sale of shares to an entity that’s managed by the vendor will usually not qualify as regular personal wealth administration and triggers tax legal responsibility at a flat price of 33 per cent (elevated with surcharges).

Positive aspects realised upon speculative transactions and occasional income are all the time taxed. The flat price of 33 per cent (elevated with surcharges) is relevant.

The acquire on the sale of shares in a Belgian firm is taxed when the purchaser is a authorized entity established outdoors the EEA and when the vendor straight or not directly, both alone or along with sure members of the family, has held a considerable shareholding (of greater than 25 per cent) within the offered firm at any time in the course of the 5 years previous the sale. The relevant flat price is 16.5 per cent (elevated with surcharges).

Lifetime presents

What, if any, taxes apply if a person makes lifetime presents?

Belgian present tax is due when the present is registered in Belgium. Presents have to be registered in Belgium when:

  • actual property located in Belgium is presented;
  • the present is made earlier than a Belgian notary; or
  • the present is made earlier than a international notary and the donor is a Belgian resident. The duty to register international deeds of present was launched on 15 December 2020.

 

Movable belongings, nevertheless, can (in precept) be gifted with out legal responsibility of Belgian present tax  when the present is made in an off-the-cuff means. Nonetheless, when the donor of a present freed from Belgian present tax dies as a Belgian resident inside a interval of three years after the present was made, Belgian inheritance tax is due on the present. Some presents all the time qualify as a fictitious legacy topic to inheritance tax, even when the present was made longer than three years earlier than the donor’s decease as a Belgian resident (eg, presents made underneath the situation precedent of the decease of the donor). A Belgian resident may also go for a present of movable belongings with fee of Belgian present tax. The present may be made earlier than a notary. The underlying paperwork of an off-the-cuff present may be voluntarily registered.

Reward tax is levied by areas. Belgium has three areas: Flanders within the north, Wallonia within the south and the capital metropolis, Brussels, within the centre. Every area has particular charges, reliefs and exemptions within the discipline of present tax. In precept, the relevant regime is the regime of the area the place the donor resides.

The charges for presents of movable belongings are flat charges, no matter the worth of the present, and depend upon the kinship between the donor and the beneficiary. For presents in direct line and between qualifying companions, the flat price is 3 per cent in Flanders and Brussels and three.3 per cent in Wallonia.

All three areas have launched a particular regime for the gifting of belongings of family-owned companies and shares in family-owned corporations established within the EEA. The areas grant an exemption when situations are met.

Actual property located in Belgium is topic to progressive present tax charges relying available on the market worth of the true property and the diploma of kinship between the donor and the beneficiary. The three areas uphold the identical progressive present tax charges. In direct line and between (qualifying) companions, progressive charges from 3 per cent as much as 27 per cent are relevant (27 per cent above €450,000).

Belgium doesn’t levy present tax when a Belgian tax resident presents an actual property that’s located outdoors Belgium.

Inheritance

What, if any, taxes apply to a person’s transfers on demise and to his or her property following demise?

If the deceased particular person was a Belgian resident, Belgian inheritance tax is due over his or her worldwide property.

In precept, every of the three areas applies progressive inheritance tax charges, relying on the diploma of kinship between the deceased and the inheritor, and available on the market worth of the inherited belongings. In direct line and between qualifying companions, the very best relevant inheritance tax price in Flanders is 27 per cent (above €250,000). In Brussels and Wallonia, the very best price is 30 per cent in direct line and between qualifying companions.

In Flanders, the inheritance tax due by the qualifying companion and by the heirs in direct line is calculated individually over the movable and immovable belongings. This distinction doesn’t exist in Brussels or Wallonia.

All three areas grant an exemption to the qualifying companion of the deceased from fee of inheritance tax over the worth of the inherited share within the household house. No substantial exemptions are granted with respect to movable belongings (eg, the exemption for the surviving (qualifying) companion in Flanders is proscribed to €50,000).

All three areas have launched a particular regime for the inheritance of belongings of family-owned companies and shares in family-owned corporations established within the EEA. If sure situations are met, belongings in family-owned companies and shares in family-owned corporations may be inherited at a flat price of three per cent in Flanders and Brussels. In Wallonia, these belongings and shares may be inherited freed from inheritance tax upon fulfilment of situations.

Qualifying companions are each spouses and official cohabitants. Within the Flemish Area, individuals who cohabited (with out establishing an official cohabitation) and shaped a standard family for a sure interval with the deceased particular person are additionally qualifying companions.

If the deceased particular person was a non-Belgian resident, Belgium solely levies inheritance tax on the deceased’s Belgian actual property.

Actual property

What, if any, taxes apply to a person’s actual property?

Upon buy of actual property located in Belgium, registration rights are due over the acquisition value at, in precept, a flat price of 10 per cent in Flanders. If situations are met, the flat tax price is diminished in Flanders to six per cent for the acquisition of the household house. Flanders has plans to cut back the speed for the acquisition of the household house to three per cent, and to extend the essential price from 10 per cent as much as 12 per cent. The Walloon Area levies a flat tax price of 12.5 per cent upon the acquisition of actual property. The Brussels Capital Area additionally levies a flat tax price of 12.5 per cent however reduces the taxable foundation by €175,000 for the acquisition of the household house when situations are met.

A person who owns property located in Belgium must pay a property tax on an annual foundation.

When a person rents a home located in Belgium to a different particular person, earnings tax is due by the proprietor at progressive charges as much as 50 per cent (elevated with surcharges) over the cadastral earnings (ie, the fictional rental earnings) of the property. If the tenant rents the home for skilled use, earnings tax is due by the proprietor at progressive charges as much as 50 per cent (elevated with surcharges) over the precise web rental earnings.

If actual property located outdoors Belgium is rented out by a Belgian particular person, Belgium has no authority to levy taxes over the rental earnings based on the double tax treaties. Earnings of international actual property have to be declared within the Belgian earnings tax return to be exempted with reservation of development. Till evaluation yr 2022, both the precise rental earnings (no matter the skilled or non-professional use by the tenant) or a (increased) fictitious rental earnings (when the property will not be rented out) needed to be declared. As from evaluation yr 2022, the cadastral earnings may even kind the premise to find out the international property’s earnings. The cadastral earnings of international properties shall be decided by the Belgian tax administration. Hereto, the Belgian tax administration has despatched a questionnaire to Belgian residents proudly owning a international property.

If a Belgian tax resident sells his or her household house, no earnings tax is due over the capital acquire. Nonetheless, if a person sells actual property that isn’t his or her household house, inside 5 years of the acquisition of the property, earnings tax may be due over the (diminished) capital acquire at a flat price of 16.5 per cent (elevated with surcharges).

Belgium has no authority, based on the double tax treaties, to levy earnings taxes over capital beneficial properties if actual property located outdoors Belgium is offered by a Belgian particular person.

Non-cash belongings

What, if any, taxes apply on the import or export, for private use and pleasure, of belongings apart from money by a person to your jurisdiction?

Customs duties, excises (just for items that qualify as excise items) and import worth added tax (VAT) will, in precept, change into due when items are introduced into Belgium from outdoors the European Union. Nonetheless, items having no business character (subsequently for private use and pleasure) contained in private baggage could also be exempted from duties and taxes inside sure limits.

There are not any customs duties payable when travelling from one other EU member state to Belgium. The identical goes for excise duties and VAT so long as the products are bought tax included and they’re destined for private use.

EU and Belgian laws foresee sure basic reliefs of import duties, excises and VAT, equivalent to for individuals transferring their regular residence from outdoors the European Union to Belgium.

In precept, there are not any customs duties, excises or VAT due if items are taken out of Belgium (eg, export). People having their residence outdoors of the EU can apply for a refund of the VAT paid on items bought in Belgium and supposed for private use when they’re exported to a spot outdoors the EU of their private baggage.

In Belgium, the usual price for VAT over shopper items quantities to 21 per cent.

Different taxes

What, if any, different taxes could also be notably related to a person?

There isn’t any basic wealth tax in Belgium.

Nonetheless, tax on inventory change transactions (TSET) is due on inventory change transactions entered into or carried out in Belgium and on inventory change transactions entered into or carried out by international intermediaries on behalf of Belgian residents. The TSET price due depends upon the underlying monetary instrument such that 0.12 per cent is due on bonds, 0.35 per cent on shares and 1.32 per cent on capitalising shares. The TSET due on a transaction is proscribed to €1,300, €1,600 or €4,000 respectively.

Belgium additionally levies a tax on securities accounts of 0.15 per cent on securities accounts that embody a median worth of greater than €1,000,000. All monetary securities held within the account are focused, together with money. The tax is due each on the Belgian and international securities accounts if the account holder is a Belgian resident. If the securities account is held by an entity focused by the Belgian Cayman tax, the tax due shall be levied within the arms of the Belgian resident who’s the founding father of the entity. If the account holder is a non-Belgian resident, the tax is proscribed to securities accounts held in Belgium. The tax will not be restricted to pure individuals. The tax can also be relevant to corporations and different authorized entities.

Trusts and different holding autos

What, if any, taxes apply to trusts or different asset-holding autos in your jurisdiction, and the way are such taxes imposed?

Focused international authorized buildings

Belgium applies the Belgian Cayman tax to Belgian residents who’re the founder or beneficiary of focused international authorized buildings. The next international authorized buildings are focused:

  1. all trusts;
  2. (sure classes of entities equated with) low-taxed corporations and foundations established outdoors the EEA, in addition to (sure classes of entities equated with) low-taxed corporations and foundations established within the EEA which are included in a ‘blacklist’ that defines the classes of focused entities (eg, the Luxembourg SPF); and
  3. insurance coverage contracts that both present for the distribution of belongings of (1) or (2), or each, buildings or have been funded with belongings of (1) or (2), or each, buildings.

 

Additional, fund-linked entities are focused when they’re absolutely managed by a person (and his or her household).

Founders are each the authorized founders and the financial founders in addition to the individuals who maintain the shares of (2) buildings and the individuals who concluded the insurance coverage contract and on whose behalf the premiums have been paid (3). Upon the demise of the authorized and financial founder, the heirs of this founder shall be subjected to the Belgian Cayman tax if they’re Belgian residents. Heirs can solely keep away from the appliance of the Belgian Cayman tax if they’ll present proof that neither they nor their heirs will ever obtain a profit from the international authorized construction.

The Belgian Cayman tax features a transparency measure, a tax on (deemed) distributions and a reporting obligation.

First, the Cayman tax topics founders to the ‘look-through tax’, a transparency measure on the premise of which founders are taxed on the earnings of the construction, as in the event that they acquired the earnings straight, no matter whether or not the earnings was really distributed to them or not. The taxability of earnings and the relevant tax charges depend upon the earnings tax regime relevant to people. For instance, if a focused construction sells a considerable shareholding to a 3rd celebration, the look-through tax may be with out consequence (capital acquire exempted). If the construction issues a double layer construction, the look-through tax may be relevant to the earnings of all focused entities within the construction.

Additional, beneficiaries who’re Belgian residents are taxed on distributions acquired on the flat tax price of 30 per cent, insofar and to the extent that proof can’t be supplied that the distribution represents the preliminary capital or earnings that has been subjected to the look-through tax. Distributions are deemed to be made on a FIFO-basis.

Furthermore, the contribution of belongings of focused buildings and the switch of such belongings to a state with which Belgium didn’t conclude an settlement on the change of tax info can qualify as a deemed distribution, taxable within the arms of the founder.

Final, founders and beneficiaries (who really acquired a distribution) have to report the existence of the focused international authorized construction of their annual earnings tax return and have to declare the earnings or the (deemed) distribution of the international authorized construction. Earnings tax is due via the annual earnings tax evaluation.

Since its introduction, the Belgian Cayman tax has been amended and prolonged a number of instances. It’s anticipated that the Cayman tax shall be prolonged once more sooner or later.

 

Belgian holding corporations

Income of Belgium-based holding corporations are topic to company earnings tax at a flat price of 25 per cent. The essential price of 25 per cent is (partially) elevated with a surcharge of 6.75 per cent (as a penalty) if (and insofar) the tax hasn’t been paid upfront in the course of the ebook yr. If sure situations are met, capital beneficial properties realised on subsidiaries are 100 per cent tax exempt, and dividends acquired from subsidiaries are 100 per cent tax exempt as nicely. Dividends distributed to shareholders, who’re residents of Belgium, are taxed at a flat price of 30 per cent. Below strict situations, dividends may be topic to a flat tax price of 15 per cent. Dividends acquired upon the liquidation of an organization qualify for a flat tax price of 10 per cent when situations are met.

The holding must submit a company earnings tax return yearly. Company earnings tax is due via the annual company earnings tax evaluation.

Charities

How are charities taxed in your jurisdiction?

A particular Belgian tax regime applies to charities. Primarily, this particular tax regime taxes the charitable entity on capital earnings, capital beneficial properties and actual property earnings. Non-public foundations and (worldwide) non-profit associations are topic to an annual tax of 0.17 per cent on the worth of sure of their belongings.

Anti-avoidance and anti-abuse provisions

What anti-avoidance and anti-abuse tax provisions apply within the context of personal shopper wealth administration?

On the premise of the final anti-abuse provision, the Belgian tax administration can disregard a authorized act or a sequence of authorized acts that frustrate the Belgian Earnings Tax Code if the Belgian resident can’t display that the selection for this authorized act or this sequence of authorized acts was made for a motive apart from tax causes. The Belgian tax administration may also disregard the sale, cession or contribution of sure belongings to a international entity that’s both not topic to earnings tax or topic to a considerably extra helpful earnings tax within the jurisdiction of multinational.

The same anti-abuse provision has been launched for authorized acts or a sequence of authorized acts that frustrate the Belgian Earnings Tax Code and which are executed by international authorized buildings focused by the Belgian Cayman tax.

Such an anti-abuse provision additionally exists in respect to the tax on securities accounts, for instance, to forestall that the tax may be averted when a securities account is break up for tax functions solely.

Belgium additionally launched the same anti-abuse provision for inheritance tax functions. The tax administration circulated a ‘blacklist’ and a ‘whitelist’ of authorized acts that, in precept, are thought of to be both tax abuse or not tax abuse.

Additional, sure presents qualify as fictitious legacies, which means that they are going to be taxed within the property of the donor.

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