Publication of abusive tax schemes

By Sophie Dorin


On 1 April 2015, the tax authorities published a list of abusive tax schemes and practices with the purpose of legal safety and prevention.

In said list, several of the practices concern VAT:

  • The non-application of VAT to concealed services
  • The non-application of VAT to internet sales

Said list is not exhaustive and shall be updated regularly by the tax authorities.

Where said practices are used, a possibility of spontaneous regularisation by filing a corrective statement with the managing tax department is put into place.

As to the applicable sanctions, the tax authorities have not provided a reduced scale of sanctions in the event of spontaneous regularisation. The tax authorities shall evaluate each case where penalties must be applied according to the particular circumstances.

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