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OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework Agreement on BEPS 2.0
Published on 05/07/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: English

On July 1, 2021, in an historic agreement, 130 countries approved a statement providing a framework for reform of the international tax rules. These countries are members of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS (“IF”), comprising 139 countries. The statement sets forth the key terms for an agreement of a two-pillar approach to reforms and calls for a comprehensive agreement by the October 2021 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, with changes coming into effect in 2023. Pillar One of the agreement is a significant departure from the standard international tax rules of the last 100 years, which largely require a physical presence in a country before that country has a right to tax. Pillar Two secures an unprecedented agreement on a global minimum level of taxation which has the effect of stipulating a floor for tax competition amongst jurisdictions. 

Amendments to the Belgian VAT Act are adopted
Published on 02/07/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: English

Proposed extensions to Covid-19 VAT measures
Published on 24/06/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: English

Belgian tax authorities provide detailed guidance on Belgian asset testing and BTIS determination for funds of funds and beyond
Published on 23/06/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: English

Belgian tax authorities recently published Circular Letter 2021/C/56 (dd. 10 June 2021) – hereafter ‘2021 Circular’. It addresses various important tax issues arising where Belgian private individual investors hold participations in investment funds (‘funds of funds’) that themselves invest in other funds (‘target funds’). The guidance provides confirmation of a number of widely applied market practices, but it contains also genuine refinements and tolerances. Among the prominent elements of the 2021 Circular figures the position that liquidities in a target fund may be left out of consideration for the fund of funds’ asset test if the target fund exclusively invests in other assets than debt-claims. It seems advisable for investment funds to review their Belgian fund tax reporting for correspondence with the positions in the 2021 Circular.

VAT Royal Decree for E-Commerce
Published on 23/06/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: English

Federal government corrects rules regarding the deduction of foreign losses
Published on 21/06/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: English

The federal government wants to adapt the corporate tax rules regarding the deduction of foreign losses. The changes are part of a draft law that the government has recently submitted to Parliament and that contains a series of tax measures, mostly repair legislation.

Extension of VAT Deadlines for summer 2021
Published on 11/06/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: English

Réforme temporaire du droit d’insolvabilité – la loi du 21 mars 2021
Published on 08/06/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: Français

La loi du 21 mars 2021 modifiant le livre XX du Code de droit économique et le Code des impôts sur les revenus 1992[1] (ci-après « loi du 21 mars 2021 ») introduit un certain nombre de réformes (temporaires) du droit de l’insolvabilité.

La raison d’être de cette loi est de faciliter l’accès à la procédure de réorganisation judiciaire pour les entreprises qui se trouvent en difficulté en raison de la crise actuelle du COVID-19. En effet, le « moratoire sur les faillites », qui offrait une protection à ces entreprises, a expiré le 31 janvier 2021. Afin d’éviter une avalanche de faillites dans les mois à venir, le législateur a introduit des mesures temporaires, dont les plus importantes sont brièvement exposées ci-dessous.

Projet d’Arrêté royal et identification à la TVA par le biais d’un représentant fiscal
Published on 08/06/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: Français

Les autorités fiscales belges ont récemment publié un projet d’Arrêté royal qui contient des mesures visant à mettre en œuvre les nouvelles règles de TVA applicables aux ventes transfrontalières en ligne dans un contexte B2C, ainsi que des modifications au système d’identification à la TVA par le biais d’un représentant fiscal (voir section 1. ci-dessous).

Par ailleurs, les autorités fiscales belges espèrent être en mesure de confirmer les exigences en matière d’enregistrement à la TVA pour les entreprises britanniques (voir section 2. ci-dessous).

Euro Tax Flash Issue : G7 communique on coordinated reforms of the international tax system
Published on 08/06/2021 by Jean-François Kinet
Language: English

On June 5, 2021, a Communique was released following meetings of the finance ministers and central bank governors of the G7 countries and reflects that as part of a “renewed and urgent effort towards deeper multilateral economic cooperation,” agreement was reached to support efforts through the G20/OECD Inclusive Framework to address the tax challenges arising from globalization and the digitalization of the economy and to adopt a global minimum tax.