LVMA Tax consulting

VAT representation services

VAT representation services

LVMA Tax Consulting assists foreign companies

Foreign companies that conduct VAT taxable operations within the Belgian territory are, in principle, liable to register themselves for VAT purposes in Belgium and therefore held to comply with the Belgian VAT formalities in a seemingly manner as Belgian companies do.


Taxable transactions

The following VAT taxable operations when performed in Belgium do, in most cases, trigger a mandatory VAT registration in the hands of the foreign company:

Nevertheless, the Belgian VAT authorities do foresee specific situations where it relieves the foreign company from the obligation to register for VAT in Belgium. Hence, only an in-depth analysis of the foreign company’s Belgian VAT situation can provide a confirmation on the latter’s VAT compliance obligations in Belgium.

In principle, only non-EU companies have the obligation to appoint a VAT representative when registering for VAT in Belgium, whereas an EU established company can apply for a VAT number directly without having to appoint a VAT representative. A VAT representative is held jointly liable for all eventual VAT debts, penalties and interest resulting from the activities that the foreign company would conduct in Belgium. In the framework of a Belgian VAT identification with designation of a VAT representative, a proof of solvability has to be delivered by the VAT representative, notably, as to show that the company disposes of a sufficient financial capacity in order to pay any VAT due that would result from the activities conducted Belgium. Usually, such proof of solvability is delivered under the form of a so-called bank guarantee i.e. a document issued by a Belgian established financial institution according to which the latter confirms to provide the surety within a maximum amount. Please note that EU established companies may as well appoint a VAT representative, which would, in certain cases, even be recommended in view of the application of the general reverse charge mechanism aimed in article 194 of the VAT directive on the sales of goods/services performed by non-established subcontractors.

The foreign company will be able to recover the Belgian VAT charged by its suppliers/service providers to the extent the acquired goods/services are used for the purposes of its VAT taxable activity. The so-called right of VAT deduction has to be exercised in the Belgian VAT return where the VAT deductible amounts will be offset with any Belgian VAT due resulting from the VAT taxable activities.

Our solutions

Our knowledge and expertise

Our profound VAT knowledge and expertise allows us to provide in a clear language an overview of the foreign company’s Belgian VAT situation as well the potential VAT optimisations that would benefit to the latter. Our firm can help you with the following formalities:

Do not hesitate to contact Michaël Annaert, should you require any further information

Chartered Tax Adviser