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Public Procurement Act 2006: a step closer to entry into force

by George Botaris — Feb 25, 2013 05:56 PM
25.02.13 | With the publication, on 14 February 2013, of the R.D. of 14 January 2013 regarding the general rules of public contracts execution, the last obstacle to entry into force for the public procurement acts of 15 and 16 June 2006 was removed. The actual enforcement of these acts and related implementation measures are expected beginning of next summer.

Update on non-recurring result-tied bonus

by George Botaris — Feb 04, 2013 10:04 AM
04.02.13 | In our newsflash of 28 November 2012, we mentioned that the government had made some modifications to the non-recurring result-tied bonus (NRRB) regime. These modifications have been adopted by the Program Act of 27 December 2012 (1).

Limosa for self-employed workers incompatible with EU law

by George Botaris — Jan 14, 2013 10:07 AM
14.01.13 | The Program Law of 27 December 2006 obliges posted self-employed workers to give prior notification regarding their partial or temporary activity in Belgium. Failure to comply with this obligation may lead to criminal and/or administrative sanctions for both the self-employed worker and his/her Belgian client.

Do not forget to pay the Wyninckx contribution for 2012

by George Botaris — Jan 11, 2013 02:35 PM
11.01.13 | The Program Law of 22 June 2012 (I) introduced a new social security contribution of 1.5% on high pension premiums (see Laga Newsflash of July 2012), the so-called “Wyninckx contribution”. The calculation method for this contribution has been changed by the Program Law of 27 December 2012 (published in the Belgian Official Journal of 31 December 2012).

New measures against secondment fraud

by George Botaris — Jan 09, 2013 10:53 AM
09.01.13 | Within the Budget 2013 framework, the Di Rupo I government has adopted a new string of measures against fraud. These measures are included in the Program Act of 27 December 2012 (published in the Official Journal on 31 December 2012) and will enter into force on 10 January 2013.

Social anti-abuse measure

by George Botaris — Jan 09, 2013 10:33 AM
08.01.13 | The Program Act of 27 December 2012 – published in the Belgian State Journal on 31 December 2012 – provides for a new anti-abuse measure related to social law. Explicit reference is made to the general fiscal anti-abuse measure embodied in article 344 of the Belgian Income Tax Code.

Increased social security exemption for expatriates

by George Botaris — Dec 04, 2012 04:39 PM
04.12.12 | The National Social Security Office (hereafter referred to as NSSO) has recently agreed on a new position regarding the social security treatment of tax free allowances granted to expatriates under the Belgian special tax status for foreign executives, when calculated in accordance with the ‘technical note’ of 8 August 1983 of the Tax Authorities.

Permit Disputes Council: faster and greater legal certainty

by George Botaris — Dec 03, 2012 11:36 AM
03.12.12 | For the past three years, the Permit Disputes Council, which rules on appeals against permit decisions, has been active as a Flemish administrative tribunal. In addition to the publication of the annual report (1) of the Council’s third operating year, adjustments to the Flemish legislation have been introduced and entered into force on 1 September 2012 (2).

Non-recurring result-tied bonus update

by George Botaris — Mar 01, 2013 05:09 PM
28.11.12 | It has been 5 years since the non-recurring result-tied bonus was implemented by the Belgian government through CBA 90.

‘Una Via’ Prosecution of Tax Offenses and Increased Criminal Fines

by George Botaris — Oct 29, 2012 06:13 PM
29.10.12 | The Belgian Parliament recently adopted a new law aiming to (1) avoid double punishment in tax cases and (2) significantly increase existing criminal tax penalties.
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