Government agrees on budget and tax shift

Prime Minister Michel announced that his Government had reached an agreement on the budget for 2015 and 2016 and on a “tax shift” of €7.2 billion.  The government had to find an additional € 978 million to balance the budget for this year and to reduce the deficit to 2.5 percent as promised to Europe. An additional € 800 million …

mypension.be for self employed

mypension.be is the pension portal where Belgian residents can obtain information about their entitlement to a The website has existed since 2010, but to this date only employees could access their pension file on line . From now on self-employed can review their pension career and pension contributions during their working career, apply for retirement and send and receive emails from the …

About shifty tax shifts

The buzz word in Belgian politics these days is ‘tax shift’. Forget about reducing taxes or cutting expenditure, the tax burden is to be shifted. The question is how and where. For many years, AmCham Belgium has been lobbying the government to reduce employment costs. As Eurostat’s figures show, Belgium has the highest labor cost within the eurozone, and within the …

French Social Charges and Non-Residents

The Court of Justice of European Union has ruled that it was illegal for France to charge social charges on the income and capital gains of non-residents from within the European Economic Area. In the French system of taxing income from assets and capital gains, the taxpayer does not only pay income tax, but also social security contributions (“prélèvements sociaux”) …