Flemish taxpayers can pay less inheritance by donating art pieces

Flemish taxpayers can pay less inheritance by donating art pieces
Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon during a visit to the S.M.A.K. Museum of Modern Art, in Ghent. Credit: Belga.

From next year, the Flemish Government will allow people to pay part of their inheritance tax through art donations in order to expand their collection of cultural heritage pieces.

The decree, which takes effect on 1 July 2023, will seek to target wealthy citizens who have a large private collection of renowned works of art, as well as archaeological finds, jewellery, manuscripts, and scientific objects.

To make this initiative more appealing, the Flemish Government will value any donations at 20% more than their market value. For example, if a person donates a painting worth €35,000, they will owe €42,000 less in inheritance tax.

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This is part of the governmental mission to acquire €700,000 worth of pieces of Flemish heritage and make them accessible to the general public.

Until now, they had been unable to do so, because "the budgets are too limited to acquire them through the market," according to the decree.


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