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Brussels residents to face 10% property tax rise

08:48 03/08/2023

Homeowners in Brussels will have to pay at least 9.6% more property tax in 2023 than in 2022, because of increased costs, authorities have announced, as they begin their campaign to deliver 400,000 tax bills to Brussels residents by the end of September.

The Belgian capital’s tax administration said owners would pay more than last year due to the rise in the indexation coefficient. This is linked to the consumer price index and therefore to inflation.

In 2023, this indexation rose to 2.0915, compared to 1.9084 in 2022. This is “a historic record”; Liege-based tax lawyer Aurélien Bortolotti told De Tijd newspaper.

Meanwhile, in their annual budgets, some Brussels communes decided to raise their property tax even more than this minimum 9.6% increase.

The tax in Forest will go up by an additional 28%, Anderlecht will up its property tax by 18%, Ixelles and Molenbeek by around 16%, Saint-Gilles 13% and Watermael-Boitsfort and Schaerbeek by 10%.

However, the municipality of Forest has announced that the pill will be made easier to swallow with a €200 reduction due to a ‘Be Home’ bonus.

This benefit is in addition to the regional Be Home bonus of €153 given by Brussels Taxation to ease difficulties caused by the significantly higher property tax, the combination of the two tax breaks meaning that people living in the commune should not notice a real difference in their bills.

Brussels municipalities receive most of the property tax, with a smaller portion paid to the region.

Written by Liz Newmark



10%? My property tax (for a modest flat in Watermael-Boitsfort) has gone up by 28%. I received the good news last week and am still trying to recover from the shock. So between the 10% Brussels increase + the 10% Watermael increase mentioned in this article, there is an extra 8% thrown in for good measure? My property tax has gone up by over €400, minus the €153 bonus, which means my tax has gone up by over €300. How can a person not notice this very real difference??

Aug 3, 2023 10:24

I wonder why this tax is even applied for one residence owners. Some of us already struggle to buy just the one property to live in, so we can have a decent life, and this is how the system pays us back for just surviving? What a joke.

This tax should not even exist for one residence owners.

Aug 3, 2023 13:33