Tax rebate after leaving Belgium
I left Belgium to return to the UK last summer and have today received (much to my surprise) a tax rebate from the Belgian tax authorities for my final half-year in Belgium.
From what I can understand from reading the letter, I will receive in a couple of months an ‘assignation postale’ which can be exchanged for cash at a Belgian post office. This is in spite of the fact that I gave the tax authorities the number of my Belgian bank account (which is still open) into which they could pay any rebate.
They do however state that if I send them details of my bank account together with a copy of my identity card, they could transfer the money directly to the account. However, I am asked to do this within 8 (calendar?) days of the date their letter was sent, and this period has unfortunately already passed due to the inefficiency of either the Belgian or British postal services (or both).
Just wondered if anyone has been in a similar situation and has any advice as to what to do. Obviously I no longer have a Belgian ID card as I am now resident in the UK. Will a photocopy of my passport suffice? Are they likely to refuse any instructions after this (very tight) 8-day period, or are they likely to relax this for foreigners?
I can obviously go over to Belgium and collect the money from a post office in cash if really necessary, but I’d rather not be walking around with over €2,000 on me if at all possible. And would a post office have this amount of money available to hand out without prior warning anyway?