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Wallonia Assumes Competencies For Belgian Car Taxes

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

20 January 2014

Since January 1, 2014, Wallonia's Operational General Directorate for Tax Affairs (Direction générale opérationnelle de la Fiscalité du Service public de Wallonie) has been responsible for managing the Belgian Region's vehicle road tax, first registration or circulation tax, and Eurovignette.

In Belgium, road tax (taxe de circulation) is due annually, and the amount of tax is related both to engine size and vehicle use. An additional annual tax is payable for diesel and LPG vehicles, and there is a separate tax for scooters and mopeds. Circulation tax (taxe de mise en circulation) is due following the purchase of a new or used car, with the amount again based on engine size. The Eurovignette is a road user charge payable by heavy goods vehicles for the use of motorways and toll roads in Eurovignette countries, namely Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

According to Belgium's Federal Public Service Finance (FPS Finance), all administrative acts and competencies relating to these taxes have now been transferred from federal to Walloon level, including requests for payment, reminders, the initiation of prosecutions, and claims.

These provisions affect all taxpayers resident or headquartered in the Walloon Region of Belgium. Consequently, existing points of contact, such as the Contact Center FPS Finance, and the collections office "Contributions Autos Bruxelles," will no longer be responsible for assisting or providing information relating to these levies to Walloon taxpayers. Taxpayers are requested to contact the Walloon Public Service directly.

Competency for these taxes passed from federal level to the Flemish Region on January 1, 2011. As a result, Belgium's FPS Finance is now the only responsible authority for taxpayers resident or having their corporate headquarters in the Brussels-Capital Region.

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