Press Release

Simplified tax return for 4 out of 10 Belgians

On a proposal from the Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt and the State Secretary in charge of Administrative Simplification Theo Francken, the simplified tax returns procedure will be extended. Three million taxpayers will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of the simplified tax returns. 
 
A simplified tax return is a tax declaration in which the known tax data of taxpayers has been automatically filled out by the tax administration.  Citizens will be invited to verify their data and return any missing information to the tax administration. 
 
The condition of the maximum amount of remunerations will now be abolished for this simplified tax return. Consequently, taxpayers will receive a proposal for a simplified tax return, irrespective of the remunerations at their disposal. In this way, the target group of the simplified tax return will be significantly expanded. 
 
The condition of the maximum amount of remunerations will thus be abolished, but other restrictions will continue to apply. For example, taxpayers having a loan or enjoying a foreign income, will still be obliged to file a tax return themselves.
 
An estimated 3 million proposals for a simplified tax return will be sent in 2018, 800,000 more than last year. This implies that about 40% of the personal income tax returns will consist of simplified returns. 
 
Minister of Finance, Johan Van Overtveldt: “This measure marks an important step forward in the administrative simplification for citizens as well as the tax administration.  After all, in 94% of all cases, citizens will agree with the simplified tax return, and they will not have to fill out or return anything.  As from this tax assessment year, 4 out of 10 people will receive the simplified tax return.”
 
State Secretary in charge of Administrative Simplification, Theo Francken: "The main objective of administrative simplification is to simplify the life of citizens and companies. This measure is an essential example of simplification. It will significantly reduce the administrative burden  involved in tax returns, which will simplify the life of many citizens.  The annual tax return can hardly be made more attractive, but it can be simplified and made easier."
 
The Council of Ministers has adopted the draft royal decree today. It will first be submitted to the Supreme Administrative Court of Belgium for its opinion.