Case Studies

Study 1 - The Consultant:?
Gerhardt, a Java Developer from South Africa, was offered a lucrative 12 month assignment in Bruge working for a consulting company. But neither the recruitment agency based in London, nor the consulting companies local office were willing to organise a work visa for him and his family. Luckily after he contacted and we passed his case on to our local partner in Belgium, a full work permit was soon in place that would cover him for his 12 month contract and give him the opportunity to work for other end clients after that assignment had finished. Even better, due to our local partners understanding of dual taxation laws and the special regulations for expatriate workers, he was earning more money than he expected.

Study 2 - Consultant Requiring Tax Minimisation.?
Isolde, a marketing executive from Germany who was working for Fortis in Brussels found that her contract earnings had reached the upper tax threshold through her personal company. She contacted and explained her situation, we then provided her with a variety of structures for her to choose from, then passed her on to our local partner that had the structure that suited her. She found her take home income increased dramatically and she had more spare time through not having to do her own administration.

Study 3 - The Recruiter:
Paris based recruitment consultant Marie had located the perfect candidate for her client, the Antwerp office of an American investment bank. However the candidate was a American citizen working in Netherlands. Her clients only solution for a work permit was to hire and payroll the candidate directly. This would have exposed the candidate to the highest rate of tax through paye system and would get a net return of less than 55%. Because of this the candidate was refusing the position. If only there was another solution!

A colleague referred her to and our local partner was able to step into the breach. By offering a conduit between agency, end client and contractor all parties needs were met and the project was able to proceed without incident.

Study 4 - The Employer:?
Max, the CEO of an Indian technology infrastructure provider had won a project to assist a Brussels based insurance organisation through an applications consolidation process. He needed to urgently bring 12 of the staff from India over to support the project. Given Belgium's strict immigration and business practice laws it was essential that all correct procedures were followed. But his recently established office had not yet engaged proper legal, accounting and human resources functions which made it difficult to ensure that everything was fully compliant with local regulations.'s local partner was able to assist him by taking on the staff as a 3rd party, providing all specialist tax and immigration advice. Not only did it solve his problem, it was easy to migrate the staff back to his company when they had their internal functions in place.
Please note these studies are used for information purposes only and any resemblance to persons real or imagined is purely incidental.

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