Taxing Overseas Loans: Dutch case raises important points for clubs & footballers

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Friday, 03 September 2021 By Daan Buylaert, Mona Vera

A recent Dutch Court of Appeal judgment[1] sheds light on the taxability of signing-on fees following the loaning of three players from a Belgian club to a Dutch club. The case highlights the importance of aligning the tax position between countries with respect to double tax treaties between countries and contains the key learning points for football clubs and players when undertaking overseas loans.

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Daan Buylaert

Daan Buylaert

Daan is a partner and founder at Atfield and heads the Sports & Tax department.

As a tax lawyer, he focuses on Belgian and cross-border tax issues for both Belgian resident and non-resident athletes. Daan assists some of the biggest sportsmen/women and their families with their ongoing international affairs and end-of-career planning.

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Mona Vera

Mona Vera

Mona is an associate at Atfield. As a tax lawyer at Tiberghien, Mona focuses on personal income tax and international taxation issues in the sports and entertainment sectors. She advises both Belgian resident and non-resident athletes in tax-related matters, supporting them in every step of their careers.

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