A law that implements into Belgian tax law a judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was published in the Belgian official gazette on 28 December 2015. The Belgian income tax law has been changed to comply with the CJEU judgment that addressed the different treatment allowing resident companies to claim a dividends-received deduction (DRD) and to credit the withholding tax on dividends from participations below 10%, but above €1.2 million (at that time, currently €2.5 million) against Belgian corporate income tax, but not allowing a non-resident company to claim the same treatment.
The new law implements the judgment of the CJEU in the Tate & Lyle case. The new law also extends the Belgian rules for companies resident in certain other countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). A “movable” withholding tax rate of 1.6995% is introduced for Belgian-sourced dividends paid to qualifying foreign companies. [The rate of 1.6995% is the product of 5% (being the part of the dividend for which the DRD cannot be claimed) multiplied by the standard corporate tax rate (including additional crisis contribution) of 33.99%.]
Even before enactment of this implementation legislation, taxpayers could in principle file claims for refunds of excess withholding tax based on the CJEU judgment. In a circular letter of 28 June 2013, the Belgian tax authorities provided some guidelines for such claims.
Read a January 2016 report (PDF 70 KB) prepared by the KPMG member firm in Belgium: Law implementing Tate & Lyle judgment published in Belgian Official Gazette
The KPMG logo and name are trademarks of KPMG International. KPMG International is a Swiss cooperative that serves as a coordinating entity for a network of independent member firms. KPMG International provides no audit or other client services. Such services are provided solely by member firms in their respective geographic areas. KPMG International and its member firms are legally distinct and separate entities. They are not and nothing contained herein shall be construed to place these entities in the relationship of parents, subsidiaries, agents, partners, or joint venturers. No member firm has any authority (actual, apparent, implied or otherwise) to obligate or bind KPMG International or any member firm in any manner whatsoever. The information contained in herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG's Federal Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services Group at: + 1 202 533 4366, 1801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.