- Registered Diamond Companies
- Finance and Taxes
- Antwerp Diamond Tender Facility
- Diamond Office
- Resources and Regulations
- Sponsorship Request
- Brilliant Benefits
- AD Jobs
- Starting a Business in Antwerp
- 1. Formalities, Registrations and Declarations for Diamond Traders
- 2. Founding a Company in Belgium
- 3. Types of Companies in Belgium
- 4. Methods to Acquire Companies in Belgium
- 5. Commercial Property
- 6. Insurance
- 7. Labour in Belgium
- 8. International Agreements
- 9. Subsidies in Belgium
- 10. Intellectual Property
International agreements between Belgium and the United States
Social security agreement
The agreement improves social security protection for people who work or have worked in both countries.
It helps many people who, without the agreement, would not be eligible for monthly retirement, disability or survivors’ benefits (leefloon) under the social security system of one or both countries.
It also helps people who would otherwise have to pay social security taxes to both countries on the same earnings.
The agreement covers social security contributions (including the contribution related to the U.S. Medicare Program) and social security retirement, disability and survivors’ insurance benefits.
It does not cover benefits under the U.S. Medicare Program or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program.
1 Totalization Agreement with Belgium, 1st July 1984. http://www.ssa.gov/international/Agreement_Pamphlets/belgium.html
Agreement on taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion
This agreement is applicable to Belgian and U.S. citizens and prevents double taxation on the same income in these two countries.
1 ‘Convention between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to tax income’, 27 November 2006. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-trty/belgiumtt06.pdf