Belgian

VAT - Rates & Registration

Note: In
Belgium
VAT is the same as Sales Tax

If a company not established in Belgium is providing ‘taxable supplies’ of goods or services in Belgium, it may have to obtain a non-resident VAT registration. In accordance with the EU VAT Directive, foreign traders are legally obligated to register for VAT in certain circumstances in order to report taxable transactions and declare VAT that must be charged.  

It is important that all businesses with any commercial activity in Belgium assess their compliance obligations and register prior to commencing taxable transactions if applicable.

What you need to know

There are various scenarios that would trigger an obligation to register for VAT in Belgium. Some of the most common examples are:

  • Importing goods into Belgium from outside the European Union
  • Buying and selling goods in Belgium (excluding domestic reverse charge)
  • Selling goods from Belgium which are delivered to customers outside of Belgium (business or private customers)
  • Acquiring goods in Belgium from another EU country (Intra-community acquisitions)
  • Holding inventory in Belgium for sale, distribution or consignment
  • E-commerce sales of goods to consumers, subject to Distance Selling VAT registration thresholds
  • Organising events in Belgium where attendees or delegates must pay admission

If you are currently, or plan to conduct any of the above (or similar) transactions in Belgium, you should contact us immediately for a complimentary consultation.

Belgian

VAT Rates, Formats & Thresholds

VAT Rates

21%

(Standard)

6/12%

(Reduced)

VAT Number Format

BE1234567890

Distance Selling Threshold

€ 35,000

Intrastat Threshold

€ 1,500,000

(Arrivals)

€ 1,000,000

(Dispatches)

VAT Rates

VAT Number Format

Distance Selling Threshold

Intrastat Threshold

21%

(Standard)

6/12%

(Reduced)

BE1234567890

€ 35,000

€ 1,500,000

(Arrivals)

€ 1,000,000

(Dispatches)

Additional Belgium VAT Information