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Belgium: Update on VAT relief measures (COVID-19)

Belgium: Update on VAT relief measures (COVID-19)

Measures concerning value added tax (VAT)—intended to provide relief in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—were adopted and then published in the official gazette on 13 April 2021.


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The VAT relief measures were announced in March 2021 and include a reduced rate of VAT for face masks and hydroalcoholic gels, reduced rates of interest and penalties for late payments of VAT, and reduced thresholds for VAT refunds. Read TaxNewsFlash

Additional measures regarding VAT credit thresholds and repealing a requirement for payment of a “December advance deposit” (decembervoorschot / acompte en décembre) by certain remitters of VAT were separately provided by two Royal Decrees.

Read an April 2021 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Belgium

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