Register for VAT in Belgium

Are you supplying, or looking to supply goods to Belgium? If your business was not established in the country, you will likely be affected by the EU VAT (Value Added Tax) directive. Whether you are inside or outside the EU, you are likely to have to register for non-resident VAT.

Do I need to register for VAT in Belgium?

The circumstances in which you will have to register for Belgian VAT include:

  • Buying and selling goods or services in Belgium
  • Selling and shipping goods contained in Belgium to buyers outside of Belgium
  • Importing goods to Belgium from inside the EU
  • Storing goods or other physical property in Belgium
  • Selling online goods or services to buyers in Belgium*
  • Holding events in Belgium with paid admission

* when exceeding Distance Selling thresholds

If your business is currently or potentially affected by any of these factors, you are legally required to appoint a tax representative to register for VAT on your behalf. Contact us for a free consultation on your business’s unique VAT requirements.

What are the VAT rates in Belgium?

The standard rate of VAT in Belgium is 21%. A 6% or 12% rate of reduced VAT applies to certain products based on specific criteria.

What are the VAT return periods in Belgium?

VAT returns must be submitted either monthly or quarterly, depending on the turnover of the business and the value of any supplied goods. Returns should be submitted before the 20th day of the month following the tax period.

Belgium does not require that you submit an annual summarising return.

What is the Distance Selling threshold in Belgium?

The distance selling threshold, which determines whether you need to pay VAT for sales to Belgian customers, is €35,000.

What is the Intrastat threshold in Belgium?

The Intrastat threshold, which affects the movement of goods between Belgium and another EU state, is €1,500,000 for arrivals and €1,000,000 for dispatches.

What if I sell goods on Amazon?

Many online sellers who are trading via Amazon make use of their Fulilment By Amazon (FBA) service. In order to trade faster and easier across Europe, companies use Amazon to store, pick, pack and deliver your products to the buyer’s local address.

Even though you may think that you’re making sales from you’re home country, Amazon holds the goods locally and the product would therefore be considered as a local sale, and subsequently liable for VAT.

VAT is the responsibility of the seller, not Amazon, and you can face heavy fines for not registering and/or paying VAT.