In tax planning, our objective is to steer clients away
from risk. We understand clients do not want expensive and
time-consuming disputes with the Tax Authorities.
However, we handle negotiations and, where necessary contentious
dealings with the Belgian Tax Authorities, on behalf of our clients.
We consider this experience to be an important dimension of our
In our handling of contested disputes we strive to achieve an
acceptable result avoiding litigation where
possible. Where a dispute has arisen, we give firm but
realistic advice on the law and the tactics to be adopted.
Even where a tax adviser has right of audience with the Tax
Authorities, it is often wiser for an advocaat / avocat to be
instructed to appear. The collection and presentation of the evidence
at the initial stage of proceedings is crucial. Establishing the
essential facts may well require as much skill as arguing a point of
law, even in the higher courts. Important qualifications for
presenting a case in a tax dispute include not only a thorough
knowledge of the tax law but also familiarity with the practice and
procedure of the courts.
We conduct litigation at all levels before the tax administration,
the Belgian courts and the European Court of Justice. We also advise
on investigations and tax audits.