With this tweet in the early hours of July 23, Prime Minister Michel announced that his Government had reached an agreement on the budget for 2015 and 2016 and on a “tax shift” of €7.2 billion. The government had to find an additional € 978 million to balance the budget for this year and to reduce the deficit to 2.5 percent as promised to Europe. An additional € 800 million will be needed for 2016, and the government has the intention to get the budget in balance by 2018.
It may be the case that the taxman sent you an advance warning saying he had found undeclared income. You subsequently sent him a lengthy explanation showing that your figures were in fact correct. He may have simply replied that he was sticking to his guns. And before you know it, you will receive an official envelope with a tax bill.
You do not have to leave situations like this unchallenged. In order to set the record straight, you need to file a réclamation or bezwaar. This means that you file a request to have the assessment declared null and void.
If you have chosen to file your tax return online rather than on paper, you have an additional two weeks to file your tax return, but D-day is tomorrow, 15 July. You still have plenty of time, in theory but you should expect that things may not run as smooth as they should.
When your tax return is filed, the ball is in the taxman’s court. He has a year to assess the tax and send you the notice of assessment, the aanslagbiljet or avertissement extrait de rôle. The name is reminiscent of the days when taxes were ‘enrolled’. Of course, nowadays, these rolls are digital, and all the tax officers have to do is print out the demands to pay tax. If you have paid too much tax during the year or if you have tax deductions, you may be able to get some tax reimbursed. The bills are usually sent by mail but you can chose to receive your bill online via Zoomit.