VAT penalties in Belgium
The following penalties apply in Belgium in relation to VAT obligations:
Late filingA fixed penalty of circa 250€ per return filed late
Fixed interest of 0.8% of the VAT due per month. The first and last month is always treated as a complete period.
In case of an audit, penalties of up to 20% can be imposed
Late registrationMinimum penalty of €25 and maximum of €500, depending on the total VAT due during the un-registered period
If an intra-Community acquisition or any other purchase under the reverse charge mechanism is missed, the Belgian tax does not foresee a penalty because the VAT position remains nil (provided the taxpayer has full right to deduct).
Additional penalties may be charged by the authorities, particularly where the corrections are triggered by an investigation or VAT audit.
For penalties on ECSL, Intrastat and other returns, please see the relevant section.