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Myths about French tax avoidance dispelled
Contrary to popular belief, fewer than 1% of French nationals living in Belgium avoid paying French taxes, La Libre Belqique has found.
A study commissioned last year by the French Consulate in Brussels found that around 1,000 individuals – or less than 1% of registered French nationals living in the Belgian capital – get out of paying French taxes, mainly on wealth.
The number is even more significant given the increase in French residents from 81,608 in 2007 to 121,146 – a jump of 50%.
As for the main tax offenders, the study found that they tend not to be recent arrivals, but individuals living here for some time who are now Belgian citizens.
Sylvain Berger, the former French Consul General in Brussels, told the newspaper that while the number of French expatriates relinquishing their citizenship has risen, it remains “very limited, compared to the number of foreigners living in Belgium who have acquired French citizenship”.