The Belgian tax authorities have recently issued a letter outlining the post-Brexit implications for UK established businesses VAT registered in Belgium.
Currently, as an EU established business, UK businesses are able to directly register with the Belgian tax authorities and take care of all Belgian VAT compliance themselves, however once the UK leaves the EU, it has been confirmed that similarly to other non-EU countries, UK businesses will be required to appoint a Belgian established fiscal representative.
The effect of this is that the fiscal representative will be jointly liable for any VAT liabilities payable to the Belgian authorities, as well as jointly responsible for ensuring timely submission of Belgian VAT returns.
Many UK businesses currently hold a direct Belgian VAT registration and the authorities have advised that UK businesses should seek to appoint a fiscal representative as soon as possible as the approval process can take in excess of 1 month. Where businesses currently have a direct registration, it should be possible to retain the existing VAT number once a representative is appointed.