VAT number in Belgium
How to obtain a VAT number in Belgium?
Do you need to obtain a VAT number in Belgium? As a foreign company, you have two options: you can apply for identification yourself or go through a representative. What steps should I take to obtain a VAT number in Belgium? For which operations? What are your obligations in this country? Here is a VAT guide to everything you need to know about Belgian VAT identification for non-established companies.
Obtaining a VAT number in Belgium
Are you developing your export sales? Do you have new tax obligations in terms of intra-Community VAT to manage in Belgium? We have the solution to help you develop your business without adding to the paperwork.
Eurofiscalis takes care of your registration and your VAT returns in Belgium.
When to identify yourself for VAT in Belgium?
All taxable persons in the EU have an intra-community VAT number in their country. As a French company, your FR VAT number allows you to trade with other Member States, to fill in your VAT returns or to answer the INTRASTAT survey in France. However, as soon as you are liable for VAT in another Member State, you must identify yourself for VAT in that country if you are not already established there. For which operations do you need to apply for a VAT number in Belgium?
You must identify yourself for Belgian VAT in the following cases:
This list is not exhaustive: if you have any doubt, do not hesitate to contact us before starting your activities in Belgium. You must indeed file your application for registration before the start of your operations.
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What steps should I take to obtain a VAT number in Belgium?
Please note that there are two different schemes for applying for a BE VAT number when you are a non-established foreign company: the “responsible” fiscal representation scheme, and the direct identification scheme. Your options are different depending on whether you are established in an EU or non-EU country.
Obtaining a Belgian VAT number for non-EU companies
You are obliged to use the responsible representation scheme if you are established outside the European Union. You cannot apply for registration yourself. You must appoint a fiscal representative in Belgium who will be responsible for all your VAT obligations in the country: registration, periodic declarations (VAT, Intrastat, EC Sales List), VAT payments and recoveries, etc.
Obtaining a Belgian VAT number for EU companies
If you are established in France or in another Member State, you will be using the direct Belgian VAT identification system. You have the possibility to appoint a fiscal agent in Belgium but it is not an obligation. This person can take care of your registration file, your VAT returns or even the filing of your Intrastats, depending on the tasks you entrust to him. On the other hand, you remain responsible for the VAT procedures carried out in Belgium: your fiscal agent is a simple intermediary between you and the Belgian tax authorities.
Do you want to do the procedures yourself? You can apply for a Belgian VAT number by contacting the Foreign SME Center directly. Here is the procedure to follow for direct Belgian VAT identification requests.
How do you compile your direct identification file?
Remember that this procedure is only possible for companies established in the EU. If you are in a third country, you must use a responsible representative.
For your application for a VAT number in Belgium, you must fill in the following forms:
You must also attach to your file :
Who should you send your file to?
When your application is complete, you must send it by e-mail to the Foreigners’ SME Center at email@example.com. It generally takes 2 weeks to obtain your Belgian VAT number.
To contact the Foreign SME Center :
SPF Finances – AGFisc PME – Centre Matières Spécifiques,
Avenue Prince de Liège 133 box 735
By phone : +32 2 572 57 57
By mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the obligations for foreign companies identified in Belgium?
Your Belgian VAT number must be mentioned on all your invoices issued in Belgium. It will also be required for all your tax and declaration obligations in this country, including
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