Help! I received a tax return from the Belgian taxman…

Pensioner under the sun
I live in Cyprus and I just received a tax return from the Belgian tax authorities that must be filed by 3 December.My husband worked in Belgium years ago, I never lived there. He died seven years ago; I now receive a widow’s pension. I never received an income tax return – and neither did he, as far as a …

Investing in UK real property?

With the Stamp Duty holiday available until 31 March 2021, it may be worthwhile to invest in real property in the United Kingdom. To help buyers who have taken a financial hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Stamp Duty nil rate band in England and Northern Ireland has been increased to ÂŁ500,000. As a result, it is reported that …
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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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The myth of the 183 days

Tax residence can be a difficult concept, in particular if one has many residences. Johnny Hallyday is a French rock star, who died at the end of last year. In fact, he was Belgian but became the French rocker of all rockers, made millions and moved to Switzerland for tax reasons.  In 2013, he took up residence in Santa Monica, California. …

Belgian Supreme Court Clarifies Tax Year for Nonresidents

In a May 20 decision, the Belgian Supreme Court clarified the grounds of taxation for nonresidents. In Belgian tax law, residence starts when the taxpayer takes up residence and ends when he leaves Belgium to take up residence elsewhere. The tax year starts on the day the taxpayer takes up residence. If he takes up residence in September 2010, he …