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Jan 18th
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Why?

With stocks hitting rock bottom, and the banks speculating with the money of their clients, many of us wonder what they have to do to protect their savings. Do we sell our stocks? Or is it the moment to buy? Do we keep our savings safely in a bank account? How do we spread our risk?

I am not going to tell you what you have to invest in. I have no crystal ball. I’m just a tax lawyer, and my investments have dropped in the last weeks as well. What I propose to do is to make a survey of the different forms of investment: savings accounts, bonds, stocks, unit trusts insurance bonds, etc.  I will give special attention to the tax side of these investments. How much tax do you pay on the return? Which investments are tax-exempt? And which ones help you pay less tax?

And then there is the international dimension. Do you have to declare overseas bank accounts? How do you avoid the double taxation trap? And what do you have to consider when you plan to move abroad?

I can only try to anticipate what you want to read.  I can anticipate a large number of the questions, but not all of them. And the internet enables us to make this an interactive series.  If you have questions or comments, you can leave those on www.taxation.be (under Money).  I cannot answer all questions individually, but I will try and integrate the answers in the text.

 

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