Small online purchases from outside the EU become more expensive
Purchases from webshops located outside the European Union will become slightly more expensive on 1 July. The VAT exemption is abolished for online purchases up to EUR 22. Consumers will have to be careful, because there is a difference between registered and unregistered web shops. For the latter, the VAT will not yet be settled at the time of purchase. It will be up to the courier service to charge the VAT and then forward it to the tax authorities. The buyer will have to pay the courier for the service and the courier may charge for the service.
Benefits go up on 1 July
On July 1, a lot of benefits go up. This is a consequence of the capture of the welfare envelope. This is the case for the lowest pensions, among others. These will go up by 2 percent, on top of the 11 percent increase in four steps previously decided by the government.
The minima for sick and disabled people with a family burden who have worked regularly also rise, by 2.5 percent. An increase of 2 per cent is planned for the other minima for incapacitated persons (also for accidents at work and occupational diseases).
The biggest increase is for the unemployed. The minimum benefit for the temporarily unemployed increases by 3.5 percent regardless of family status. For benefits for the fully unemployed – including SWT and young people on inclusion benefits – the increase depends on the family situation. The minimum benefit of heads of households and privileged cohabitants goes up by 3.5 percent. Single persons show an additional 2.4 percent. Among regular cohabitants, the figure is 2 percent.
Inheriting friends becomes cheaper with “friends legacy”.
As of 1 July, Flemish people can leave a certain part of their heritage to one or more close friends or distant relatives at a reduced rate. With the friends legacy it is possible to bequeath up to 15,000 euros at the most favourable rate of 3 percent.
Practical examination for sailing licence
From 1 July, anyone wishing to obtain a sailing licence will have to sit a practical test in addition to a theoretical exam. The sailing test will test both practical ability and skill. For the new practical test, clear final attainment levels, including manoeuvres, have been listed. There are different types of tests. For example, a distinction is made between sailing license and yachtman, and motor sailing and sailing. Sailing certificates obtained before 1 July remain valid.
Wages for care workers go up
The vast majority of staff in the various care institutions will be earning more from 1 July. This wage increase applies both to personnel who fall under the competence of the federal level, such as hospitals and home nursing, and to personnel who fall under the competence of Flanders, such as residential care centres. The increase does not necessarily apply to everyone, but only to those who enter the IFIC system.
STIB school season tickets now only cost 12 euro
On 1 July the price of a school season ticket with the Brussels public transport company STIB will fall from €50 to €12. The reduction in fares is a way of encouraging schoolchildren and students between the ages of 12 and 24 to use public transport more often.