2020 Tax Return: Filing on Paper

Let’s open that brown envelope; what will you find? The tax return You cannot miss it; it is the document with a little text and columns in red. It resembles a lotto form, and just like a lotto form it is scanned. Just seeing it is quite disheartening, with columns to complete. It is all a question of putting the …

2020 Tax Return: Filing Online

To file online, you log in with your electronic id card, a token or via Itsme. Itsme is a Belgian app that you can use to identify yourself with the tax office and other government services. You download the app from the AppStore or Google Play and you activate it once with your bank card or electronic identity card. With …

2020 Tax Return: on Paper or Online?

Why file online? What are the advantages of filing online? first of all, you have more time to file, until 16 July. it is more user-friendly than completing the paper form. You work on a traditional tax return where you see clearly what you are doing. If you file on paper, you have to make a draft first and then …

2020 Tax Return: When do I need to file?

The tax return on paper must be filed by 30 June. This means the tax return must hit the letterbox of the scanning centre in Jambes or in Ledeberg on that day. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Putting the tax return in the mail on the 27th may be too late. If you forgot the deadline, you can file …

2020 Tax return: Couples and Children

In Belgium, the tax return is a tax return for the whole family. Parents file jointly and declare their children’s income, unless they receive maintenance or had a student job. Filing jointly or separately? Spouses and registered partners (in Belgium they are called legal cohabitants / wettelijke samenwonenden) don’t get to choose whether they file jointly or separately. Couples who …

2020 Tax Return: is this your first time?

If this is the first time you file a tax return, here are a few things you need to know. The first time, you will receive a brown envelope with a tax return and some documents to help you file (see Filing on Paper). Whether you receive a Brussels, Flemish or Walloon tax return depends on where you were registered …

2020 Tax Return: the Guide

In these Covid-19 times, many of us are still trying to work from home while educating our children. The government is trying to make life a bit easier with some tax measures (see “Taxes in Corona Times”). Even the taxmen and women have been confined at home and non-essential tax audits have been put on hold. However, they had some …

Tax Filing in Corona Times

2020 Tax Return: the Guide Even in confinement, the taxman wants your tax return by 30 June; if you file online, you have another two weeks, until 16 July. It is time to file your tax return. Whether you are new to Belgium or have been filing your tax return here for years, you may have a few questions. This brochure …

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Ten myths about the 183 days’ rule

In The myth of the 183 days, we wrote that there was no such thing as a 183 days’ rule. In this post , we will say that there is a 183 days’ rule. Is that a contradiction? Not really. There is no 183 days’ rule to determine whether you are a Belgian resident. There is, however, a 183 days’ …

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2019 Tax Return : if this is your first time …

If you are new to Belgium, or if this is the first time you have to file a tax return, these are a few of the things you need to know. The first time you receive a tax return, it comes in the form of a brown envelope with a tax return and a form to prepare the tax return …