Registration duties: worth knowing

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Thursday 31 October 2019

What are registration taxes?

Registration taxes are a tax that the government levies if you register a document and a register or database has to be updated as a result. The best known, of course, are the land registry taxes charged by the government when buying a house.

On which documents do you pay registration taxes?

For example, you pay registration tax on:

  • deeds relating to Belgian real estate
  • notarial deeds such as wills and donations
  • lease contracts
  • the deeds and official reports of bailiffs
  • the decisions and judgments of the Belgian courts and tribunals

What do registration taxes amount to?

The so-called proportional registration taxes are calculated on the basis of a fixed percentage. This applies to:

  • the sale of real estate (‘stamp duty’ of 12.5% on the value of the property)
  • the letting of immovable property (0.2% of the rent and charges), unless the property is rented for housing. In that case there are no fees.
  • a mortgage registration on a Belgian property (1%)
  • the public sale of tangible movable property, such as a car (5% on the price and the charges)
  • a donation of securities (3%) and real estate. The rate for real estate depends on who is the recipient of the donation.

Specific fixed registration taxes are set at a fixed amount, which depends on the situation. A name change or a deed of protest are such examples.

And finally, for documents that are not enshrined in law, a fixed amount of 50 euros is charged. These include a marriage contract or a will. This is the general fixed registration tax.

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