It is that time of the year again... practically every resident taxpayer in Belgium has received that brown envelope in the mail by now, containing the 2012 individual income tax return with a 28 June filing deadline. By that time, the tax return should be sent back to the tax authorities, duly signed and completed, properly mentioning your taxable income, expenses and deductions for 2011.
If you file the return on time, the tax assessment will most likely arrive around April/May next year. Although this is a long time, especially if you are entitled to a tax refund, any additional taxes due also won't need to be paid until spring 2013.
If you were late for the filing deadline for the paper return, the Tax-On-Web application will give you an extension until 17 July and you will have the questionable advantage of your tax assessment arriving quicker. For those who miss out on both dates, a tax advisor or accountant can prove a way out as they have until 31 October to file your tax return.
Finding one's way around the many tax codes, exemptions and deductions can be a challenge for foreigners in Belgium, especially as most information is only available in French, Dutch or German. To help, TAXPATRIA now provides an English version of (Part 1 of) the 2012 tax return for Belgium. For related questions, feel free to get in touch with one of TAXPATRIA's advisors.
The 2012 tax form can be downloaded here : http://www.taxpatria.be/pages/downloads.php
Gregory Goossens / Expatica
Gregory Goossens is an attorney at TAXPATRIA, an independent service provider for the international community working and living in Belgium. Taxpatria is an alternative to the classic Big Four companies, and its aim is to establish a personal relationship with each client.
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