A net pension down for some retirees in January

USome of the 2.3 million pensioners in Belgium will receive a slightly lower net pension amount in January, write Het Nieuwsblad and Het Belang Van Limburg on Saturday. But this is not a reduction in pensions, assures the Federal Pensions Service.

A slightly higher withholding tax is actually withheld from the pension, so retirees will have to pay less or no additional tax.

But this change was not communicated, only a message was published on the websites of the FPS Finance and the Federal Pensions Service. “We were not informed until late,” adds Vic Beullens of the Federal Pensions Service.

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