2021 Tax Return: Box IX – Mortgages

In box IX you mostly report interest and mortgage payments to buy your main residence (under I) or another property (under II). The tax incentives to buy your main residence are a regional matter and you will see that the codes relating to your main residence start with a 3 (for him, on the left) or a 4 (for her). The rules depend on whether …

2021 Tax Return: Box VIII – Maintenance Paid and Losses from Previous Years

Losses If you have made losses in past years, i.e. you had more expenses than income, you can carry forward these losses to later years and deduct them here. Maintenance paid If you pay alimony and/or child support to your ex, you can deduct 80% of these payments from your income. Maintenance paid can be deducted up to 80% if you have a legal obligation …

2021 Tax Return: Box VII – Investment Income

Box VII is for the income of your investments, i.e. dividends and interest. These are normally taxed at source; the (Belgian) bank or the company that pays the dividend deducts 30% tax when they pay out. If that is the case, you don’t have to declare the interest or dividends in your tax return, but foreign banks do not withhold Belgian tax If you received …

2021 Tax Return: Box VI – Alimony and Child Support

If you receive alimony, you must declare it in Box VI under code 1192 and you will be taxed on 80% of the maintenance. There are separate codes for maintenance that is paid retroactively following a court decision (1193) and for maintenance that is paid in a lump sum. In that case, you have to declare every year a percentage of that capital. Child support …

2021 Tax Return: Cross border taxation

If you live in Belgium and you have income from another country, both countries will want to tax the entire income and that may result in double tax. To prevent double taxation, governments sign “conventions for the avoidance of double taxation”. In these double tax treaties, the two states agree which of them can tax business income, rental income, dividends, interest, royalties, salaries, pensions, etc. …

2021 Tax Return: Box V – Pensions

Box V is for pensions and other similar income. Your state pension goes in code 1228/2228 and a survivor’s pension goes in 1229/2229. The tax that has been deducted goes in code 1225/2225. Other pensions such as the complementary pension paid by a pension fund or other pension schemes are to be reported usually under code 1211/2211. Pensions paid by the European Institutions are not …

2021 Tax Return: Box IV – Earnings

Box IV is relevant for most people. It relates to remuneration paid to an employee (A), unemployment benefit (B), allowances paid during illness or invalidity (C) etc. You have received a salary statement (281.10), or a statement confirming other benefits paid during 2017, and next to each figure, you will find a code that corresponds to the codes in the tax return. E.g. your salary …

2021 Tax Return: Box III – Real Estate

In box III, you declare the income from any real estate you may own, that can be actual rental income you receive or the theoretical income from a second or third residence. If you only own the house you live in, you don’t need to declare anything at all, unless you rent out part of your house. If you have a second residence, you need …

2021 Tax Return : Box II – Your Family Situation

This is one box where people make a lot of mistakes. Check box 1001 if you are single, divorced or living separated from your spouse. If you are living with your partner and you haven’t registered your partnership with teh commune, you are also single. Spouses and partners It is only if you are married or in a registered partnership that you file your tax …

2021 Tax Return: Box I – Contact Details and Bank Account

Box I is the easy part. If you expect a tax reimbursement, make sure the taxman has your bank account number. If it is printed on the tax return, you don’t have to give it again, unless you want to change the number. This is also where you can give your telephone number; you don’t have to give your email address anymore. The taxman still …