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Former Belgian VAT exemption for ‘independent groups of persons’ was too restrictive

On 20 November 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in the case of Infohos (C-400/18) that the former version of the Belgian VAT exemption for ‘independent groups of persons’ (hereinafter “IGP”) was against EU law when it denied the application of the exemption to a group that provided services also to non-members. The ECJ’s decision broadens the previous scope of application of this VAT exemption in Belgium and it remains to be seen what the impact will be on the since mid-2016 adjusted scope of the exemption.

CJEU decision in the College Pension Plan of British Columbia case

On November 13, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered its decision in the College Pension Plan of British Columbia case (C-641/17) concerning the compatibility with EU law of the German withholding tax on dividends paid to a Canadian pension scheme. The Court ruled that the German legislation constitutes an unjustified restriction to the free movement of capital and noted that the derogation from the prohibition on restrictions to the free movement of capital with non-EU countries (also referred to as the ‘Standstill Clause’) does not apply to the case at hand

EU Mandatory Disclosure Requirements – Update

As previously reported, mandatory disclosure requirements (MDR) for intermediaries and relevant taxpayers entered into force in the European Union on June 25, 2018 and must be implemented by Member States before December 31, 2019, to be applied as of July 1, 2020. Intermediaries are also required to track reportable transactions as of June 25, 2018 and disclose this information to the tax authorities by August 31, 2020.

This sixth Special Edition Euro Tax Flash summarizes the most recent implementation updates of the new rules into Member States’ domestic legislation, as at November 8, 2019.

ECOFIN discusses digital taxation agenda and removes Belize from the tax haven blacklist

In a meeting on November 8, 2019, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU (ECOFIN) exchanged views on the taxation of the digitalized economy following a proposal by the OECD in October 2019 to agree a “unified approach”. The OECD proposal to introduce measures to ensure that multinationals pay a minimum level of tax was also discussed.
The ECOFIN also approved, without discussion, amendments to the EU blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Belize was removed from the blacklist, which now includes eight jurisdictions.

Belgian Constitutional Court annuls annual tax on securities accounts

In its decision of 17 October 2019, the Belgian Constitutional Court annuls the annual tax on securities accounts, with effect as of 1 October 2019. This implies that the tax can no longer be levied for future periods. However, taking into account the potential budgetary and administrative implications, the Court also decided that for the taxable periods that have elapsed till 30 September 2019, the tax remains due (case n° 138/2019).

Digital Economy Tax Tracker

As digitalization disrupts the way businesses operate and rapidly changes the tax landscape, new tax requirements (both indirect and direct) seek to ensure that tax is collected at the point of consumption.

OECD consultation on a “unified approach” to taxing the digital economy

Following a meeting on October 1, 2019 of the OECD Task Force on the Digital Economy (TFDE), the OECD Secretariat published a public consultation document on October 9, 2019 that sets out a proposal for a unified approach to the nexus and profit allocation challenges arising from digitalization. The OECD invites comments from the public with a view to discussing the results during a public consultation on November 20 and 21, 2019. Interested parties are invited to send their comments by email to the OECD no later than 12pm (Paris time) on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, using the email address

Nieuwe publicatie van grensoverschrijdende btw-rulings

Op 15 juli 2019 publiceerde de Europese Commissie op haar website de recentste update van grensoverschrijdende btw-rulings. Daarmee maakt de Europese Commissie een inhaalbeweging, omdat de vorige publicatie al dateerde van mei 2017 (zie; Hieronder een korte samenvatting van recente btw-rulings waarin ook het standpunt van de Belgische btw-administratie werd gevraagd.

Nouvelle publication de rulings TVA transfrontaliers

Le 15 juillet 2019, la Commission européenne a publié sur son site web la dernière mise à jour des rulings TVA transfrontaliers. Ce faisant, la Commission européenne amorce une manœuvre de rattrapage puisque sa précédente publication remonte à mai 2017 (voy. Vous trouverez ci-dessous un bref résumé des derniers rulings TVA dans le cadre desquels le point de vue de l'Administration TVA belge a également été sollicité.

Prefiling requests regarding transfer pricing or innovation income deduction must be filed by 31/01/2020

The ruling commission has communicated that prefiling requests or ruling requests (without prefiling) regarding the innovation (or patent) income deduction or transfer pricing with impact on the corporate tax return to be filed by the end of September 2020 must be introduced on 31 January 2020 at the latest. For companies that are not closing their annual accounts on a calenda ...