Last year, 238,636 Belgians supposedly “forgot” to submit their their 2014 tax return, amounting to an 8% increase on the previous year. So reports Het Nieuwsblad today (Wednesday). This equates to 3.45% of the total tax returns due, as against 3.19% a year previously.
The Belgian tax authorities have devoted a lot of taxing energy in recent years to increasing the number of returns. Any Belgian citizen, who forgets in send in their return, initially receives a warning letter. These letters have improved the situation initially but this has turned out to simply be a temporary solution. “Maybe we ought to impose more significant fines or better educate the public,” the Federal Finance Department observes.
All individuals who do not submit their tax return lay themselves open to a hefty fine ranging from 50 to 1,500 euros.