Dutch Tax Administration to tax pensions of Belgian workers working in the Netherlands

Dutch Tax Administration to tax pensions of Belgian workers working in the Netherlands

Part of the supplementary pension of Belgian workers, previously working in the Netherlands, will be taxed by the Dutch Tax Administration (the “DTA”). The DTA confirmed this on Thursday. The Belgian and Dutch government treasuries are engaged in a tug of war around the second pillar of the pension. This was reported on Thursday in Belang Van Limburg. As part of an agreement between the two countries, such pensions are currently taxed in Belgium, but the DTA considers that this system is not taking shape as originally anticipated. During the…

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Businesses forced to wait longer to be paid

Businesses forced to wait longer to be paid

Businesses generally have to wait longer these days for the State or other businesses to settle their invoices, Unizo – an association linking Flemish medium-sized businesses – and the Graydon consultancy noted on Wednesday. From the third quarter of 2014, when the bulk of the crisis appeared to be over, invoices had been paid at a faster rate. However, a slowdown was observed in the fourth quarter of 2015, and by the third quarter of this year, only 68.3% of invoices were paid on time. According to Graydon and Unizo,…

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Decrease in burglaries in Belgium due to prevention and vigilance

Decrease in burglaries in Belgium due to prevention and vigilance

The number of burglaries in Belgium amounted to about 56 000 cases in 2016, a decrease by 16 % compared to the previous year. The declining trend continued in 2017 with 25 000 burglaries during the first half of the year according to data from the federal police. The figures were disclosed Tuesday by MP Franky Demon (CD&V), who had requested them from the federal government. The decrease in the crime rate is due to preventive actions organized by the different police districts, as well as to networks of “vigilant…

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Employment office overpaid railway workers for years

Employment office overpaid railway workers for years

Belgium’s National Employment Office, ONEM, has found that, for years, the three companies of the national railway group, SNCB, violated social laws due to a miscalculation of the hours employees with 4/5th-time contracts were required to work. This led ONEM to give workers of the three companies – SNCB, Infrabel and HR Rail – higher compensatory allowances than it should have. According to the various officials concerned, the violation was committed unknown to them, L’Echo newspaper reported. ONEM confirmed to L’Echo that it has sent a letter to HR Rail…

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Uberpop: the Uber taxi service is taken to court in Brussels

Uberpop: the Uber taxi service is taken to court in Brussels

The Brussels Council Chamber has recently referred the Uber taxi service to the Service Correctional Tribunal for its former Uberpop service. This service allowed non-professional drivers to work in the capital using their personal vehicle between February 2014 and October 2015. The story was reported by De Tijd and L’Echo. The Brussels Mobility Minister Pascal Smet (sp.a) submitted a penal complaint at the end of 2014. The Prosecutor’s office drew up a final requisition that sided with Uber due to lack of proof. However the Council Chamber found enough evidence…

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Belgium registers second highest job vacancy rate in euro zone

Belgium registers second highest job vacancy rate in euro zone

Belgium registered the 2nd highest job vacancy rate – 3.6% – in the euro zone in the third quarter of 2017, according to figures published on Monday by Eurostat, the European statistical office. The average rate for the euro zone, 1.9%, was stable compared to the preceding quarter and higher than the 1.6% rate for the third quarter of 2016. Eurostat defines the job vacancy rate as the proportion of total posts in the labour market that are vacant. A job vacancy is a paid post for which the employer…

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European Commission opens investigation into IKEA corporate tax structure in the Nethelands

European Commission opens investigation into IKEA corporate tax structure in the Nethelands

The European Commission on Monday opened an in-depth investigation into the corporate tax structure in the Netherlands of Inter IKEA, one of the two divisions of the Swedish furniture giant. The Commission fears that two Dutch rulings may have enabled IKEA to pay less tax and given it an unfair advantage over other companies, in violation of European Union regulations on state aid. The European Commissioner in charge of competition, Margrethe Vestager, said: “All companies, big or small, multinational or not, should pay their fair share of tax. Member States…

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Slower rise in labour costs in Belgium than in euro zone

Slower rise in labour costs in Belgium than in euro zone

Hourly labour costs increased at a slower rate in Belgium than in the rest of the euro zone in the third quarter of this year, according to statistics published on Tuesday by the European statistical office, Eurostat. The cost of labour in the country rose by 1.3% compared to the corresponding period of last year, with salaries and wages going up by 1.9% and non-wage costs decreasing by 0.3%. In the second quarter of 2017, the cost of labour in Belgium had gone up by 1.1% compared to the same…

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Seven ski centers open in Belgium

Seven ski centers open in Belgium

Areas for cross-country skiing are open in Signal de Botrange, Baraque Michel, Mont Rigi, Mont Spinette, Hautes Fagnes and Elsenborn, and the Eifel, as well as the alpine ski slopes of Ovifat, announced Sunday the Eastern Regional Tourism Office. The facilities at Baraque Fraiture, in the province of Luxembourg, are also accessible. Six ski centers are now open in the eastern regions (cantons). It was reported from Signal de Botrange that skiing conditions, however, remain average despite good snow quality, with a layer of 20 cm. Skiing lovers will be…

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Why business could prosper under a Corbyn government

Why business could prosper under a Corbyn government

While the Daily Mail, with Pavlovian regularity, persists in ringing the “Marxist” alarm bell, the Financial Times is a little more measured. “Labour has a fair wind” with business leaders, the paper argued this month, “with many terrified of a hard Brexit”. At the CBI’s annual conference in November, leaders of industry gave Jeremy Corbyn a distinctly warmer welcome than they gave Theresa May. That should come as no surprise, given the destabilising extremism of the Conservative Brexiters. Their echoing of hard-right American Republican ideology and advocacy of a hard…

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