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    Default 4 Month contract in Belgium through UK Ltd company

    Hi,

    I operate through a Ltd company based here in the UK. I have done this for many years an have worked all over the world and offshore.

    I have recently been offered a 4 month contract in Belgium.

    However 3 days before I was due to leave I was sent an email saying to hold back on the travel as there are slight issues.

    The issues are that they now want me to sign a contract with an umbrella company that with make sure I comply with all the Belgium tax laws.

    This company wants me to register as a self employed worker in Belgium, pay them 350 Euros a month and pay an accountant 60 euros a month. Plus a start up fee and final fee when the job is complete. Fair enough if I was planning staying there but I am only over there for maximum of 4 months. Will be staying in b&b's the whole time and the contract states the length of the job. This company doesn't even take tax it basically just acts as a middle man from the company and me.

    I was led to believe that I could operate in Belgium through my own UK Ltd company as this is a short contract and this would be fine. As long as I let the Belgium authorities know what I have earned through Limosa.

    Something doesn't quite add up. Why would you pay an umbrella company 350 euros a month to tell you to pay an accountant 60 euros a month. Then why would you register as self employed in Belgium if your only going to be there 4 months?

    Any help would be kindly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raphal View Post
    I would think twice. Its too much hassle for 350 ( 260 ) per day, even with expenses covered.
    Did you read the OP's question?

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    All you should need is a limosa - https://www.socialsecurity.be/foreig...mosa/home.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitelaw98 View Post
    I was led to believe that I could operate in Belgium through my own UK Ltd company as this is a short contract and this would be fine. As long as I let the Belgium authorities know what I have earned through Limosa.
    Yes, you can work in Belgium through your UK Ltd Co. for up to 183 days in any year without needing to register with the Belgian Tax Authorities. You do need to register with Limosa but (in 2009/10 anyway) they do not ask you how much you earn, just your and your companies' names and other details.

    Hth,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boo View Post
    Yes, you can work in Belgium through your UK Ltd Co. for up to 183 days in any year without needing to register with the Belgian Tax Authorities. You do need to register with Limosa but (in 2009/10 anyway) they do not ask you how much you earn, just your and your companies' names and other details.

    Hth,

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    This is wrong.

    http://forums.contractoruk.com/accou...e-belgium.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by stek View Post
    No, you are wrong. It is possible and legal for a UK Ltd Co. to send and employee/director to a clients' site in Belgium for up to 183 days without that person becoming liable to pay tax in Belgium. I have done this myself and took advice from a local Belgian firm of accountants that that was the case.

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