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As local and international tax regulations become more prescriptive, dealing with them in a cross-border context presents you with a significant challenge. The number and complexity of tax investigations conducted by authorities is rapidly escalating and the need for tax adjustments is rising accordingly. Our 350 tax lawyers are supported by strong technical tax intelligence teams that identify developments in tax law and policy affecting your business. This multi-disciplinary approach helps you develop robust structures that maximise tax effectiveness in alignment with your commercial strategy.

Whether you are a financial institution, multinational, fund, investor or high net worth individual, we understand your business and the tax pressures you face. Our teams work together across Europe and beyond in the key areas affecting your business including VAT, international taxation, transfer pricing, e-commerce, M&A and investment funds, tax planning and financing. Our experts can help you manage tax control cases and deal with tax authorities as well as manage tax litigation cases. The right tax advice can make a material difference to transaction costs and, in some cases, avert serious consequences.

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"CMS' 'responsive' team handles a broad spectrum of direct and indirect taxation matters, and has had an increase in restructuring mandates. The group's expertise also includes tax litigation, VAT and excise duties, among other areas. Olivier Querinjean leads the group, in which senior associate Arnout Vaninbroukx and associate Lancelot Decaesstecker are other names to note."

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01/03/2021
CMS Bel­gi­um strengthens its tax de­part­ment with the ap­point­ment of a new...
Law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce that Stéphanie Houx will join its Brus­sels of­fice as a part­ner, from 1 March 2021. Stéphanie is spe­cial­ized in in­dir­ect tax­a­tion with a strong fo­cus on fin­an­cial...
12/01/2021
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Ec­cle­sia Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of Kegels & Van An­t­wer­pen
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Ec­cle­sia Group, the Ger­man par­ent com­pany of Con­cor­dia, on the ac­quis­i­tion of An­t­werp based in­sur­ance broker Kegels & Van An­t­wer­pen. Through this ac­quis­i­tion Ec­cle­sia be­comes the fifth...
11 January 2021
Draft of a new tax bill on se­cur­it­ies ac­counts
The Bel­gian gov­ern­ment has draf­ted a new bill to in­tro­duce a tax on se­cur­it­ies ac­counts. This draft is cur­rently be­ing ex­amined by the Bel­gian Par­lia­ment. This is an an­nu­al tax to be in­ser­ted in the Code...
30 December 2020
Stock sav­ings plan and Brexit: Brit­ish stock and some oth­er fin­an­cial in­stru­ments...
As a res­ult of Brexit, both stock or UCITS by a Brit­ish is­suer are dis­qual­i­fied and some EU-based UCITS funds’ un­der­ly­ing Brit­ish fin­an­cial in­stru­ments may also be so. Such a dis­qual­i­fic­a­tion may lead...
19/11/2020
CMS Bel­gi­um and CMS France ad­vised Biogroup in con­nec­tion with the ac­quis­i­tion...
CMS Bel­gi­um and CMS France ad­vised Biogroup in con­nec­tion with the ac­quis­i­tion of the Bel­gian clin­ic­al lab Group CMA-Med­ina. With this ac­quis­i­tion, the largest private clin­ic­al blood ana­lys­is groups in...
08 July 2020
Cli­mate change tax­a­tion re­forms and in­cent­ives in Bel­gi­um
1. Has your coun­try rat­i­fied the Par­is Agree­ment?  Yes 2. Has your coun­try in­tro­duced en­vir­on­ment­al taxes? 2.1 En­ergy taxes Fed­er­al en­ergy taxes:Con­tri­bu­tions levied on en­ergy for the:De­nuc­lear­isa­tion...
10 June 2020
Three new meas­ures to strengthen the li­quid­ity and solvency of busi­nesses...
To tackle the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic crisis, three new meas­ures to strengthen the li­quid­ity and solvency of busi­nesses in Bel­gi­um were sub­mit­ted to the fed­er­al par­lia­ment in a draft bill on 5 June 2020.  ...
12 May 2020
In­terest de­duc­tion lim­it­a­tion: the im­pact of spe­cif­ic pay­ment terms on...
On 5 May 2020, the Bel­gian Gen­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Taxes is­sued an ad­dendum (cir­cu­lar 2020/C/62) to cir­cu­lar 2019/C/89 re­lat­ing to the grand­fath­er­ing clause on the lim­it­a­tion of in­terest de­duc­tion...
07 April 2020
Coronavir­us crisis: Pre­lim­in­ary draft law on ur­gent tax meas­ures ap­proved
Fol­low­ing a pro­pos­al by the Min­is­ter of Fin­ance, the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters has ap­proved a pre­lim­in­ary draft law con­tain­ing vari­ous ur­gent tax meas­ures as a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic. The pre­lim­in­ary...
30 March 2020
Coronavir­us: crisis tax ex­emp­tion for de­pre­ci­ations on trade re­ceiv­ables
The Bel­gian Min­istry of Fin­ance has is­sued a Cir­cu­lar (Circ. 2020/C/45 of 23 March 2020) of­fer­ing an ad­di­tion­al sup­port meas­ure to pro­fes­sion­al tax­pay­ers who are suf­fer­ing far-reach­ing eco­nom­ic con­sequences...
27 March 2020
Min­is­ter of Justice wants to en­force writ­ten pro­ced­ure dur­ing lock­down
In Bel­gi­um, the Min­is­ter of Justice, Koen Geens, has pro­posed a draft Roy­al De­cree aimed at gen­er­al­ising the writ­ten pro­ced­ure for all dis­putes cur­rently pending be­fore the Bel­gian courts. The draft aims...
26 March 2020
Coronavir­us – Tax im­pact of home­work­ing for cross-bor­der work­ers
Work­ers em­ployed by com­pan­ies es­tab­lished in a for­eign coun­try were reg­u­larly com­mut­ing to their work­place abroad. In the cur­rent fight against COV­ID-19, many Bel­gian res­id­ents have been en­cour­aged to...