No VAT for the lease of real estate
to professionals

UPDATE

The optional VAT regime on the lease of real estate,
announced in an earlier article on our website, will
not be introduced after all because of the
excessive impact on our country's budget.

On 23 August 2017, we announced that our government had decided in its summer agreement of 26 July 2017 to introduce an optional VAT regime for the lease of real estate to professionals.

We now found out through the press that this measure will not be introduced after all because of its excessive impact on Belgium's budget. Instead of this measure, the VAT regime for warehouses will be rendered more flexible. An exception regime existed already for warehouses, allowing, under certain conditions as described in a circular letter, to apply VAT on rent. These conditions will be more flexible so that it will be possible to rent more warehouses under the VAT-regime.

We will follow this up and keep you posted.

6 November 2017

Alain De Jonge - alain.de.jonge@peeters-law.be

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