Belgian Prime Minister says first step towards tax reform can be taken

Belgian Prime Minister says first step towards tax reform can be taken
Credit: Belga

Belgium can take the first steps towards a tax reform, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said on Sunday at the “Zevende dag” programme on VRT, cautioning it must not burden the budget.

In an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, Open Vld chairman Egbert Lachaert, a party colleague of Prime Minister De Croo, said that “the big reform with which you will make people happy – and with which (the government) takes less taxes – is for later.”

Following the interview, Lachaert was more specific on where he stands on the tax reform.

Translation: “Our ambition is bigger than a shift in taxes. In the long term, the tax should fall for those who work, save and do business. This is only possible with a more efficient government. Flemish, federal and local, so that people can pay less taxes.”

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, meanwhile, said that his government could take the first steps. However, these must not put a strain on the budget. “We have to continue to work in a very disciplined way to ensure that the path to a sound budget is maintained,” the Prime Minister said, clarifying the he was “ideologically in favour” of reducing the tax burden, but current budgetary constraints do not allow for it.

He added that these initial measures must ensure that “the people who make this country work will benefit and not suffer.”

Related News

Copyright © 2024 The Brussels Times. All Rights Reserved.