Belgian Intrastat changes
Belgian Intrastat authorities have sent a letter to all taxpayers informing about the usual errors on Intrastat reports.
Belgian Intrastat authorities have sent a letter to all taxpayers informing about the usual errors on Intrastat reports. In this letter, they also gave advice on the consequences of Brexit as well as an update on the applicable Intrastat thresholds in 2019.
The European Union recently launched an initiative to extend the use of Intrastat reports in order to tackle VAT fraud. The plan was to introduce these changes in 2020, but it has been extended to 2022. As already anticipated in our website, Belgian Intrastat authorities introduced these changes ahead of the expected deadline. A new tool called ´OneGate´ was also introduced as part of the overall update in the system.
The most relevant changes are the requirement to include the supplier or customer´s VAT number and the country of origin of the goods. Also Germany has already introduced these requirements in their Intrastat report.
You can find more information about these changes in the 2019 Intrastat guidance published by the Belgian authorities.