Hiding the complexity

Flanders News reports that the new tax form has 885 different field boxes, “but most people can do it in 5 minutes”. This is one of those headlines for which I knew what the story would say before I clicked on it:

Those working with Tax-on-Web, will automatically see a tax form which has been almost fully completed by the computer. This virtual knowledge applies to as many as 320 different boxes.

In other words, when using the online tax return it’s largely a question of just checking that the pre-filled numbers are correct and then clicking send.

That said, to use the online version you need an electronic ID card. When we first moved to Belgium, we didn’t have one. The paper tax form is so complex that we had to ask the bank to help us complete it.