Airbnb will have to communicate the income of Belgian rental companies to the tax authorities
By the editorial staff
THEa Belgium will oblige community housing rental platforms like Airbnb to with the tax authorities. Concretely, these companies must each year communicate to the tax administration the amounts received by Belgian individuals who send their property to a location via their platform, write Het Nieuwsblad and De Standaard on Thursday.
Among the 15,000 individuals in Belgium who use AirBnb to set up accommodation, not all of them declare the income generated in this way to the tax authorities. And it is difficult for the administration to control the car Airbnb gives little information.
Based on these findings, the Minister of Finance, Vincent Van Peteghem (CD&V), wants to take a legislative initiative to impose a series of obligations “which will allow more transparency”.
Digital community platforms such as Airbnb or Booking.com will have, from next year, to inform all rental companies of their “fiscal and social obligations. “
These companies will also be obliged to have a Belgian representative who will have to communicate to the lessors each year a summary of the amounts they have received. And this document must be sent to the tax authorities.