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Tax impact for Belgians who take in refugees


The war in Ukraine and the subsequent flow of refugees have generated a huge wave of solidarity. Many Belgian citizens have offered accommodation as a result of the #placedispo campaign. This situation raises several questions about the possible tax impact on Belgians who altruistically host refugees in their homes. We answer below the most frequently asked questions.

  1. If I open my home to refugees, is my home still considered as my own for tax purposes?

    If you open the doors of your own home to refugees altruistically and share the use of it under normal circumstances, it remains your own home.

  1. Are the refugees I am hosting to be considered as my dependants?

No, only your children, ascendants and collaterals up to the second degree, as well as the persons who were solely or mainly responsible for you when you were a child, can be your dependants.

  1. If I take in refugees, do I lose the increase in the tax-free income quota as a “person living alone” with dependent children or as a tax co-parent?

No, if you benefit from the increase of the tax-free quota for a “person living alone” with dependent children or as a tax co-parent, the administration considers that in this case, you do not intend to form a family. Taking in refugees in your home has an exceptional and temporary nature, which allows you to keep the increase.

  1. Is the income support granted to refugees considered a resource?

    Yes, in the eyes of the refugee.