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 copy the codes and numbers …

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 online until 16 July. Plan …

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 live together but have not …

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 on 1 January 2020. You …

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 WFO-experience as the tax administration …

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 may come in handy. We …

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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’ rule to determine whether you …

End of Tax on Securities Accounts

On October 17, the Belgian Constitutional Court ruled that the tax on securities accounts is unconstitutional (Decision 138/2019). For budgetary reasons the court did not make the decision retroactive and taxpayers must still pay the tax for 2018 and 2019. Individuals who own certain financial instruments on one or more securities or brokerage accounts must pay the tax if the average value of the accounts is over …

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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 guide (see p. 10). You …

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2019 Tax Return : the Guide

28 June is when the taxman wants your tax return; if you file online, you have another two weeks, until 11 July. It’s time to file your tax return again. Whether you are new to Belgium or have been filing your tax return here for years, you may have a number of questions. We will address some of these questions and we will address some …