Our philosophy

We are a small firm and aim to be accessible and hands-on for our clients and for those with whom we work on a day-to-day basis. A good relationship based on mutual trust is our cornerstone and corresponds perfectly to our desire always to cooperate on a long-term basis.

Moreover, thanks to our professional past and our size, we are able to deliver high-quality work in return for very competitive fees.

Of course, we cannot advise on international law on our own. So we have an extensive, carefully cultivated, international network of highly skilled foreign (tax) advisers to call on. Within this network, we always maintain our independence: after all, we are acting only in your interest. Your own adviser (accountant, banker, auditor or notary) is naturally a companion with whom we seek out the most suitable solution for you.

"Focus on international tax law, an expertise we have developed over the past years"

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After a career spanning many years with (international) law firms, in 2014 it was time to use my experience and knowledge to set up my own firm.

My specialist area of international tax law began as a job, but it has since become far more than that. In this field, not only are knowledge and skill vital, but so are diplomacy and pragmatism. An open-minded view and a social attitude to life are crucial, and sometimes really open up new horizons.
Right from the outset, I had a special affinity with the tax system applicable to Dutch nationals living in Belgium, whether the issue concerns their pension, their DGA status (Dutch director-major shareholder) or the planning or structuring of their assets. However, the tax system applicable to cross-border workers in Luxembourg or France, providing tax guidance for emigrating or immigrating taxpayers and tax consultancy services for investors or entrepreneurs regarding the worldwide implementation of their plans also fall well within my areas of competence.

Erik Sansen

After a career spanning many years with (international) law firms, in 2014 it was time to use my experience and knowledge to set up my own firm.

My specialist area of international tax law began as a job, but it has since become far more than that. In this field, not only are knowledge and skill vital, but so are diplomacy and pragmatism. An open-minded view and a social attitude to life are crucial, and sometimes really open up new horizons.Right from the outset, I had a special affinity with the tax system applicable to Dutch nationals living in Belgium, whether the issue concerns their pension, their DGA status (Dutch director-major shareholder) or the planning or structuring of their assets. However, the tax system applicable to cross-border workers in Luxembourg or France, providing tax guidance for emigrating or immigrating taxpayers and tax consultancy services for investors or entrepreneurs regarding the worldwide implementation of their plans also fall well within my areas of competence.
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Since 2015, I have been assisting clients at our firm with their issues relating to national and international tax. I previously gained experience with a leading tax law firm. My consultancy and support services cover both private and professional assets and income. In these fields, I also help clients with dispute settlement and procedures.

Over the years, I have built up special experience in providing advice on asset structures (Cayman tax, data exchange), migration and emigration of private individuals and companies,
cross-border investments and assistance for artists and athletes in an international context.

I am happy to share this expertise through articles in specialist journals and as a speaker at various conferences.

Finally, as an active member of AIJA, I maintain a network in various countries to assist our clients.

Gertjan Verachtert

Since 2015, I have been assisting clients at our firm with their issues relating to national and international tax. I previously gained experience with a leading tax law firm. My consultancy and support services cover both private and professional assets and income. In these fields, I also help clients with dispute settlement and procedures.

Over the years, I have built up special experience in providing advice on asset structures (Cayman tax, data exchange), migration and emigration of private individuals and companies,cross-border investments and assistance for artists and athletes in an international context.

I am happy to share this expertise through articles in specialist journals and as a speaker at various conferences.

Finally, as an active member of AIJA, I maintain a network in various countries to assist our clients.
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Over the years I have specialised in national and international tax law with regard to human resources, first in consultancy and later also in two leading law firms.

I focus in particular on internationally mobile employees, business leaders and directors. I delve into tax issues relating to international employment such as salary splits, secondments and the tax-favourable Belgian ‘expat status'. I also have a wide experience of tax on remuneration, focusing mainly on share (option) plans, remuneration packages, costs specific to the employer, cafeteria plans, bonus plans, group insurance and pension plans.
In addition, I have extensive knowledge of exemption from the payment of the advance tax payment for shift work, overtime and research & development. I give advice and regularly assist taxpayers during tax inspections and procedures or with requests for rulings.

Moreover, I have a great deal of experience in the field of regularisation dossiers and advising on data exchange.

I regularly speak at seminars, where I am happy to share my knowledge and try to translate theory into practice.

Tilde Callebaut

Over the years I have specialised in national and international tax law with regard to human resources, first in consultancy and later also in two leading law firms.

I focus in particular on internationally mobile employees, business leaders and directors. I delve into tax issues relating to international employment such as salary splits, secondments and the tax-favourable Belgian ‘expat status'. I also have a wide experience of tax on remuneration, focusing mainly on share (option) plans, remuneration packages, costs specific to the employer, cafeteria plans, bonus plans, group insurance and pension plans.In addition, I have extensive knowledge of exemption from the payment of the advance tax payment for shift work, overtime and research & development. I give advice and regularly assist taxpayers during tax inspections and procedures or with requests for rulings.

Moreover, I have a great deal of experience in the field of regularisation dossiers and advising on data exchange.

I regularly speak at seminars, where I am happy to share my knowledge and try to translate theory into practice.
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I started my career at a law firm in the Kortrijk area which specialises in tax and corporate law. There I supported its tax consulting activities towards companies and private individuals.
In October of 2016, I decided to join the SITL team. The field of international taxation, the professional environment and the accessible and open attitude of SITL encouraged me take this step. At SITL I will support Erik Sansen and Gertjan Verachtert in the handling of cases in the field of international taxation.

DAAN VAN NIEUWENHOVE

I started my career at a law firm in the Kortrijk area which specialises in tax and corporate law. There I supported its tax consulting activities towards companies and private individuals.In October of 2016, I decided to join the SITL team. The field of international taxation, the professional environment and the accessible and open attitude of SITL encouraged me take this step. At SITL I will support Erik Sansen and Gertjan Verachtert in the handling of cases in the field of international taxation.
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I started at SITL to relieve the administrative and organizational burden which allows my colleagues to focus for 100% on their clients.

ISABELLE VERSCHUEREN

I started at SITL to relieve the administrative and organizational burden which allows my colleagues to focus for 100% on their clients.
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After my law degree at KU Leuven, I followed a LLM in International & European Tax Law at the University of Maastricht. I want to keep focusing on these areas of tax law as a lawyer. After having joined the SITL team on September, 3, I will assist my colleagues and clients of the firm by treating all their questions related to international taxation.

Celine Kaura

After my law degree at KU Leuven, I followed a LLM in International & European Tax Law at the University of Maastricht. I want to keep focusing on these areas of tax law as a lawyer. After having joined the SITL team on September, 3, I will assist my colleagues and clients of the firm by treating all their questions related to international taxation.

Vacancies

SITL is always on the lookout for enthusiastic lawyers-tax specialists keen to support the further growth of the firm in the field of interational tax law. Contact us at erik@sanseninternational.tax