Tax-on-Web back online as deadline looms

31st May 2006, Comments 0 comments

31 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian taxpayers can lodge their tax returns via the internet-based programme Tax-on-Web starting on Wednesday, Finance Minister Didier Reynders said.

31 May 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgian taxpayers can lodge their tax returns via the internet-based programme Tax-on-Web starting on Wednesday, Finance Minister Didier Reynders said.

More than 1,500 public servants have tested the system in the past few weeks with their own tax returns.

But to lodge your tax return electronically, you will first need to register online at www.taxonweb.be. A personal access code will be sent out within 10 days.

Once you have filled in the tax return online, you are given an initial estimate on your tax obligations.

The Tax-on-Web system encountered difficulties last year due to problems with the calculation programme that should have given taxpayers an indication of their assessment.

In 2005, some 569,430 taxpayers filed their tax returns via Tax-on-Web.

Tax returns for 2005 must be lodged with the treasury by 19 July, either electronically or by paper.

Minister Reynders said 19 July is attainable because, in principle, all income statements were sent out in May. That gave taxpayers more than a month to fill in their tax return.

Tax returns are slightly different this year in regards deductions.

These changes include the new mortgage tax deduction, an expanded deduction for childcare costs for children up to 12 years old, tax cuts for environmentally-friendly cars and tax cuts for overtime.

Those that still have questions can contact the Finance Ministry's call centre on 02 57 257 57 seven days a week from 8am to 5pm.

A so-called 'fiscal bus' will tour the country in coming weeks as specialists give the public more information on filling in their tax returns.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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