Tax-on-web gaining popularity
The number of people who filled in their tax declaration forms electronically for the first time has more than doubled to 54,000.10 June 2008
BELGIUM - The number of tax payers who fill in their yearly tax declaration electronically is increasing significantly.
Registration figures show that 54,000 first-time users have filled in their tax declaration via the Internet by 4 June.
This is more than double the number of first-time users in 2007. On 4 June 2007, 24,000 had filled in their documents electronically for the first time.
The total number of declarations via Tax-on-web 2007 was 241,000 by June 4 against 149,000 in 2006.
However, despite efforts to bring down tax burden in Belgium, it remains the same.
Tax auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers has calculated the so-called 'Tax Freedom Day'. Tax Freedom Day is the day on which the average tax-payer has finished paying his/her yearly taxes, and starts working for him or herself.
For the third year in a row, Tax Freedom Day in Belgium is on 10 June. The tax burden in Belgium remains high compared to other countries.
The Dutch’s Tax Freedom Day is on 27 May, the Swiss’ on 14 April and the Americans’ on 23 April. The British have to work until 2 June to pay off their taxes.
In France and Germany, people have to work about as long as in Belgium for the government before they start making money for themselves.
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]