Simon Watteyne - FNRS postdoctorate reseacher in history at ULB - Raising taxes in Belgium. A history of political battles - 1830-1962.

Thursday 7th December

Raising of taxes is an essential act of sovereignty. The creation, increase, reduction or abolition of taxes and the allocation of the resources needed to collect them… These decisions reflect the main orientations of the government in power and allow it to define its fundamental political choices. They also affect the distribution of wealth and inequalities. In this seminar, Simon Watteyne presents a clear and precise account of the debates that have taken place on this subject from the time of Belgium’s independence until the current system was put in place.