There are 5 possible scenarios for establishing a business presence in Flanders. One option is to set up a representation office. Discover the different tax incentives your company may be eligible for.
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Setting up a representation office in Flanders
A representation office:
- is an interesting option for foreign investors who want to have a limited presence in Flanders without creating a separate legal entity.
- can engage in activities such as advertising, information sharing, public relations and market research, but only in the process of negotiating orders, client contracts, sales activities or other commercial activities.
- A representation office is not considered a ‘permanent establishment’, so it does not have pay taxes on income earned in Belgium, and Flanders as a region.
- The same goes for VAT purposes and registration, unless the representation office is liable to pay VAT on intra-community services it receives.
- Belgian input VAT can be recorded through the VAT credit refund procedure for non-established and non-VAT registered foreign entities.