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Exemption from withholding tax on dividends: who is UBO?

The Court of Justice has ruled in its jurisprudence that the exemption from withholding tax on dividends only takes effect on condition that the dividend is attributed to the parent company that qualifies as the ‘Ultimate Beneficial Owner’ (hereinafter: UBO). This jurisprudence is now also seeping through the Ruling Commission’s rulings, where importance is given to the decision-making process on the part of the parent company with regard to the dividends received.

25 November 2022

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Transfer of real estate in liquidations: extended application of the general fixed right possible?

The transfer of real estate from a company is in principle subject to the real estate transfer tax (12%). A well-known exception is the ‘waiting regime’, where only the general fixed right (50 EUR) is levied. In recent years, however, VLABEL has not failed to spout fog around the interpretation of this exception. Off and on, it increased legal tax uncertainty on the basis of decisions with little solid legal foundation. Recently, VLABEL did offer some more perspective to taxpayers.

18 November 2022

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