Postcode lottery in Tax inspections
Your chances of receiving a visit from a tax inspector vary greatly according to where you live.
13 November 2008
According to statistics from the office of the secretary of state responsible for tackling fiscal fraud Carl Devlies (Flemish Christian democrat), your chances of receiving a visit from a tax inspector vary greatly according to where you live. The daily ‘De Standaard’ published an article based on Devlies figures in its Wednesday edition. The secretary of state asked the Business and Income Taxation Administration (AOIF) where its inspectors had carried out checks.
Statistically more inspections are carried out in Flanders than in Wallonia or Greater Brussels.
In 2007 there were a total of 11,645 so-called thorough inspections carried out by the AOIF across Belgium.
70.2% of these were carried out in Flanders, 9.6% in Brussels and just 20.2% in Wallonia. In 2007 56% of Belgium’s 6.5 taxpayers lived in Flanders.
There are also large variations within the regions.
For example, residents of Bruges (West Flanders) and Ghent (East Flanders) are more likely to be visited by an AOIF inspector than those living in the Limburg city of Hasselt.
Meanwhile, the area that tops the list when it comes to the number of tax inspections is the Walloon city of Charleroi (Hainaut province)
Secretary of state Devlies says that he wants to iron out these differences so as to ensure the same treatment for tax payers wherever they live and thus bring an end to the postcode lottery in tax inspections.