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Value Added Tax in local language is "Belasting over de Toegevoegde Waarde" (BTW) – in Dutch – and "Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée" (TVA) – in French

Due date and frequency of Belgian ESL returns

ESL returns are filed on a quarterly basis unless the (rather low) threshold is exceeded. These returns are due by the 20th day of month together with the VAT return (there is a holiday extension for the December and Q4 returns).

  • Frequency of filing rules

    • Monthly
      The total amount of ICS of goods or services exceeds €50,000 in the current or any of the previous four quarters
    • Quarterly
      Standard reporting period
    • Bi-monthly (only once)
      The €50,000 threshold is exceeded in the second month of the quarter
    • Annually
      Only exceptionally applicable to certain businesses in the agricultural industry

More information about the frequency of filing is available in the website of the Belgian tax authorities.

  • Due date rules

    • Monthly
      20th day of the month following the reporting period
    • Quarterly
      20th day of the month following the reporting period
    • Bi-monthly (only once)
      20th day of the month following the reporting period
    • Annually
      31st March of the month following the reporting period

If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday, the date is shifted to the next working day.

There is holiday extension foreseen for the June and July period. These ESL returns are due, respectively, on 10th of August and 10th of September. Similarly, the second quarter ESL return is due by 10th of August. The deadline for holiday extensions should be double checked every year.

The Belgian authorities publish a calendar with all tax due dates. This calendar includes the changes due to bank holidays.

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