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Repatriation of Profit from Belgium

Repatriation of Profit from Belgium

Profit repatriation for Belgian companies

Belgian companies can repatriate the profits earned by their branches or subsidiaries in a foreign country. Profit earned this way is usually subject to special tax rules and the tax treaties between the two countries can also dictate how the repatriation will take place. Using the right strategy to repatriate profits can be beneficial for Belgian companies.

Our law firm in Belgium can help you with international tax planning, profit repatriation and tax minimization in Belgium

Tax exemptions in Belgium 

Belgium is a popular choice for foreign investors and among its many qualities, the country also offers a favorable regime for holding companies. When entrepreneurs from countries that have signed tax treaties with Belgium have holding companies or investments here, they can repatriate the European profits without paying dividend withholding tax and without a limitation on profits.  

According to the Belgian taxation regime, 95% of the dividends received by a Belgian company, whether from a domestic source or foreign source, is exempt from tax. The remaining 5% is subject to the normal tax rate. To qualify for the dividends reduction, a company must satisfy the following conditions:

  • – the shareholder must own at least 10% of the share capital of the payer company;
  • – the company distributing the dividends must pay corporate income tax on the profits out of which the distribution is made; 
  • – the shareholder must have had full ownership of the qualifying shares for at least one uninterrupted year.

These conditions are known as the participation exemption.

Other provisions for taxes in Belgium

Although under the EU parent-subsidiary directive there is no withholding tax for dividends paid to another company in Belgium or another EU country, a 1.69 withholding tax applies under certain conditions on dividends paid to a company established in an EEA member state that owns at least 10% of the Belgian company paying the dividends. A default rate of 25% applies where no exemption or other reductions apply.

The representatives at our Belgian law firm can provide personalized advice and offer you various wealth management solutions.