2010 The Year in Review

2010 was another election year in Belgium. After three years of discussion and stalemates, Prime Minister Yves Leterme was unable to push through the state reform he had promised. His government fell again, and new elections were held June 13. The big winners were the Flemish pro-separatism party N-VA and the Walloon Socialist Party. Negotiations on the next government’s policy …

Guidance Clarifies Tax Treatment of DredgeWorkers

The Belgian tax authorities on October 26 published a practice note (Ci.R9. Div. 607/317) clarifying the tax regime for employees working aboard dredgers. The tax authorities note that in principle, dredging projects fall under articles 5 and 7 of Belgium’s tax treaties. This means their profits are taxable in the country where the enterprise is set up unless it has …

The Regionalization of Income Tax

The elections are already five months behind us and yet there is no sign of a new government before year end. Before a new government can be formed, the winners of the elections – the Flemish nationalist N-VA and the socialist PS in Wallonia – must agree on a solution to the financial/budgetary problems, realize institutional reform and strengthen the …

Belgian Supreme Court Clarifies Tax Year for Nonresidents

In a May 20 decision, the Belgian Supreme Court clarified the grounds of taxation for nonresidents. In Belgian tax law, residence starts when the taxpayer takes up residence and ends when he leaves Belgium to take up residence elsewhere. The tax year starts on the day the taxpayer takes up residence. If he takes up residence in September 2010, he …