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BREXIT: Important VAT news for UK companies with a Belgian VAT number

Monday 25/02/2019
BREXIT Important VAT new for UK companies with a Belgian VAT number

The Belgian VAT authorities confirmed that UK companies with a direct Belgian VAT registration need to appoint a Belgian fiscal representative for VAT purposes before 30/03/2019. This is in case of a no-deal Brexit on that date. The VAT administration will allow these UK companies to maintain their current Belgian VAT number, also after appointing a fiscal representative for VAT purposes. 

The UK companies concerned must act quickly: the request to appoint a fiscal representative must be filed with the competent authorities before the date of Brexit (currently 30/03/2019, although it seems that some margin for a possible delay might have been created during the last negotiations). As all these files cannot be treated immediately by the tax authorities, they allow themselves 6 months to handle these files. During this period, the current direct VAT registration will be deemed to be converted into a VAT registration number with a fiscal representation. 

Please note that being identified via a fiscal representative alters the VAT regime on some incoming transactions. Some compulsory national Belgian VAT reverse charge rules become applicable if the buyer is identified for VAT purposes via a fiscal representative.  

Moore Belgium has extensive experience in handling VAT files as a Belgian fiscal representative. Do not hesitate to contact our Belgian VAT team if you would like our assistance as your fiscal representative.

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Karolien Vanmeerhaeghe
Karolien Vanmeerhaeghe
Senior Manager Tax & Legal Services
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Bert Derez
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