2021 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 …

2021 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 2021. You …

2021 Tax Return: the Guide

In these Covid-19 times, many of us are starting to go back to work having worked from home for over a year now. still trying to work from home. The government is trying to make life a bit easier with some tax measures (see “Taxes in Corona Times”) but they do not give us any respite for filing our taxes. Even the taxmen and women …

Tax Filing in Corona Times

2021 Tax Return: the Guide In these Covid-19 times, many of us are still trying to work from home. The government is trying to make life a bit easier with some tax measures (see “Taxes in Corona Times”). Even in confinement, the taxman wants your tax return by 30 June; if you file online, you have another two weeks, until 15 July. It is time to …

2021 Tax Return: Tax on Securities Accounts

In 2018 Belgium introduced a wealth tax; in 2019, the Constitutional Court declared the tax discriminatory and annulled the tax … for the future.  This means that you had to pay the tax the last time in 2020. This year, the tax is not due. However, the government has introduced a new Tax on Securities Accounts that will be due as of next year. The …

Flanders ends Dual Bequest Route

Yesterday the Flemish parliament introduced a tax break for “bequests to friends” and for bequests to charities. These are just the sweeteners to close the dual bequest route. The route is closed to people living in Flanders, people living in Brussels or Wallonia can still use the dual bequest. Dual bequests A dual bequest allows the testator to engage in philanthropy while reducing the inheritance …

EU Officials after Brexit

It is official now. The UK is not part of the EU anymore. Many people struggle with the new rules that govern how the UK and EU will live, work and trade together. Brexit will also affect many Brits living and working in Belguim, including EU officials, British EU officials living and working in the EU, (non-British) EU officials living and working in the UK, …

France Upholds Broad Interpretation of Permanent Establishment

In a recent landmark decision, the French Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that a French company can qualify as a dependent agent, and as such be the permanent establishment of an Irish affiliated company, if it habitually exercises the authority to conclude contracts in the name of that company, even though formal consent to these contracts can only be given by the Irish affiliate. (Conseil …

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Have Stocks, Must Pay Taxes

If you invest on the stock market, and buy Apple, AB Inbev or Microsoft shares, you must not forget the taxman.
When you buy shares, you pay tax. When you receive dividends or when you sell shares, you pay tax. You pay tax just for holding stocks.

The US ends corporate anonymity

Shell companies that conceal the identity of a company’s true owners facilitate crime and corruption. Most countries have put an end to such anonymity. The U.S.A. has finally followed suit by adopting the Corporate Transparency Act that obliges the true beneficiaries to disclose their identity.