Contracting in Belgium

Here’s everything you need to know about our services in Belgium.

Our Solutions:

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Professional Employerof Record (PEO)

Access Financial are registered with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Employment Service to engage in labour leasing and payroll management activities within Switzerland.

Access Financial is certified according to standard NEN 4400-1. NEN 4400-1 is a national Dutch standard that set requirements for temporary work businesses and contractors of work, including subcontractors, that have their registered office in the Netherlands with respect to the payment of taxes and social insurance contributions and the legitimacy of employment in the Netherlands.

About Us

The Access Financial Group is one of the leading international contract management groups, and certainly one of the most experienced. Since 2003 we have looked after the interests of thousands of contractors; their recruitment agencies and their ultimate clients throughout the EU/EEA. There are many reasons to choose Access Financial as your service provider:

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Local Partners
In each country, we work with leading local accounting and taxation experts to ensure that we and those who depend on us stay entirely within the law.
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100% Compliant
We have the necessary licences, proven experience and demonstrable track record to provide you with all the national and international payroll, contract management, tax and immigration services that you need.
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Global Presence
We have offices in the United Kingdom, Switzerland (Head Office), Germany, Luxembourg, Cyprus, China, India and Malaysia.
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Cost Efficient
We listen carefully to you, understand your personal requirements and needs, and then we collaborate with you to provide our services at reasonable prices.

FAQs

Please check out our FAQs below. Don’t see an answer to your question? Feel free to contact us

Belgian Professional Employer of Record (PEO)

If you have a business outside Belgium and wish to employ staff in Belgium, then AFI Belgium Sprl can give you a professional employer of record (PEO) service.

You don’t have to incorporate a company in Belgium or register your company as a foreign employer. AFI Belgium Sprl can act as your staff’s employer, and they can work for your business. We will ensure all the employment requirements are met and attend to any HR issues.

In return for an agreed fixed fee, we will attend to all the activities that need attention, and we will present you with monthly invoices for the costs of employment plus our fees. Nothing could be much more straightforward!

Recruitment Business in Belgium or one not in Belgium but wanting to do business in Belgium

As a recruitment business, you will want to ensure that your contractors work lawfully in Belgium whether they are Belgian nationals or foreigners. All EU/EEA nationals can come to live and work without restriction in Belgium. All other citizens must have the legal right to work, and this may be through a work permit, European Blue Card, by family entitlement or Professional Card.

AFI Belgium Sprl can assist the contractor who requires it to obtain the legal right to work.

After that, there are three ways that an employee can be structured compliantly, and these are:

  • Self-employment
  • Employment
  • Limited Company

Not everyone is eligible for all three solutions, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. The only way to establish the best method in a given case is to understand your requirements, clients’ wishes, and what is in the contractor’s best interests.

We demonstrate this by carrying out an in-depth fact find, and we believe that Access Financial Group is unique in using this methodology.

Briefly, Self-employment is a good choice where there is sufficient independence between the contractor and client. Employment is the only method where there is insufficient independence. Where a contractor has a suitable PSC / Limited Company, the localising the contractor and the company can be a way for the contractor to maintain their independent contracting activity in a tax and social security efficient way.

A Belgian or foreign contractor wanting to work in Belgium (or elsewhere)

For many years Belgium has been an attractive location for contractors, and it has been a particularly amenable one for British contractors. From 1st January 2021 British people no longer have the right to live or work in Belgium. However, as a country in the Schengen Area, British people may spend up to 90 days in any 180 days in Belgium for tourism or business purpose but not for gainful work. For this, they will need a work visa as will any third-country national.

AFI Belgium Sprl can sponsor work permits and assist contractors in obtaining Professional Cards or EU Blue Cards.

Subject to having the legal right to work, there are three ways to work legally in Belgium.

  • Self-employment
  • Employment
  • Limited Company

Not everyone is eligible for all three solutions, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. The only way to establish the best method in a given case is to understand your requirements.

We demonstrate this by carrying out an in-depth fact find, and we believe that Access Financial Group is unique in using this methodology.

Briefly, Self-employment is a good choice where there is sufficient independence between the contractor and client. Employment is the only method where there is insufficient independence. Where a contractor has a suitable PSC / Limited Company, the localising the contractor and the company can be a way for the contractor to maintain their independent contracting activity in a tax and social security efficient way.

What is the difference between the Single Permit and the Professional card in Belgium, as they both noted as Visa D?

A professional in Belgium can either be employed or self-employed.

When employed, the person does not need to worry about further approvals. Once the D-visa is issued, one can start working for the employer, being on a Belgian employment contract.

When self-employed though, there are several additional steps to be taken:

  • The candidates must have a University educational qualification (diplomas and certificates) available for registration and
  • They must have a local residential address in Belgium – not a hotel address.

The professional card process takes up to 5 months to be completed. At the end of the processing period, the successful candidate will be registered as a self -employed professional in Belgium with a local VAT number. (University educational qualifycation certificates should be available before registration).

They will be liable for income tax in Belgium from the first day of their professional activity and they will contribute to the Social Security system in Belgium as independent workers.

My take-home pay in Belgium

If you would like to discover your tax and net retention in Belgium, you can easily use our free online income calculator.

Our Services

Our services are aimed at customer satisfaction, always ensuring the best value for money, compliance and maximum take-home pay possible in Belgium.
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    Client Onboarding
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    Payroll
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    PSC / Limited
    Company Solutions

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    Tax & Legal
    Compliance
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    Professional Employer
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    Immigration
    Assistance

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Our Partners

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Belgium Income & Tax Calculator 2022

Calculate your take-home pay in Belgium using our online income calculator below.

    This is the all-inclusive rate that you have agreed with your recruiter or client to pay you per day.
    Please estimate the average number of days you plan to work each month.
    Please provide the length of your assignment in months.
    If you live in Belgium for at least six months (183 days) of the year and are registered with your local commune, then you are a resident for tax purposes.
    Are you a national of an EU or an EEA country?
    To qualify for certain allowances, three quarters or more of your total income must come from the assignment in Belgium.
    A new self-employed person can choose to pay either minimum advance social security contributions or social security contributions based on actual income. The final social security assessment is done after two or three years from the start of the self-employed activity. In the case of underpayment, you will need to pay the difference and vice-versa. The subsequent payment of social security will be tax deductible if you are still tax resident in Belgium.

    Disclaimer: The calculation is an illustration based on various assumptions and is meant to provide an indication of what you may take home as net pay. For a more detailed projection please contact our customer support by clicking on the “TALK TO AN EXPERT” button above.

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