The Brussels-Capital Region aims to modernize its tax legislation to adapt to social developments. Two measures are being considered to improve inheritance taxes.
Starting from January 1st, 2024, it would be possible to bequeath a property to a close relative at a favorable rate of 3%.
Moreover, de facto cohabiting partners would be treated the same as married and legally cohabiting partners concerning inheritance taxes.
Currently, only direct line heirs and partners benefit from favorable rates, while other heirs must pay higher rates.
De facto cohabiting partners could also be exempted from inheritance taxes on the family home after a minimum cohabitation of three years.
These measures still need approval from the Brussels Parliament before they come into effect.