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‘No status for childminders, but for professional footballers, it can’

“This system is shameful,” says CD&V Mp Roel Deseyn. Yet, no one won for a complete abolition of the SOCIAL security discount that professional footballers enjoy.

Not less than a half a billion euros to SOCIAL security discount got the Belgian football over the last ten years, calculated The Newspaper still in march, in a dossier on the (para -) fiscal benefits that the Belgian …

Not less than a half a billion euros to SOCIAL security discount got the Belgian football over the last ten years, calculated The Newspaper still in march, in a dossier on the (para -) fiscal benefits that the Belgian football enjoy. And even then, it can be for different clubs and they take their refuge in dark constructions to meet their obligations towards a country to comply. As shown in the Operation ‘Clean Hands’.

The RSZ-contributions of a football club are calculated on a capped gross salary monthly salary of 2,281,09 euro, and not on the real wage. This while, as well as all professional footballers are a lot more earn: on average 337.000 euros per year, according to het Nieuwsblad. That RSZ-discount was founded in 1977.

But in addition enjoy football clubs and football players also have tax advantages. As the withholding tax that are not fully paid must be a lower tax for players under the age of 26, and a fiscaalvriendelijke benefit of the group on their 35 years.

‘Set in order, or else….’

Competent minister Maggie De Block (Open VLD) remains cautious about who benefits. “If the football world is no order to things can, we must the system of SOCIAL security-discount dare to rethink it,” she says today. In march, it announced them in parliament even though that she is prepared to the debate.’ More comments, the minister wants about that for the time being not to lose.

The system should be adjusted, but not with the blunt axe’, says Open VLD Mp Egbert Lachaert. ‘The problem is that Belgium is just the showcase for the bigger competitions. That is because Belgium is much more than other countries non-EU players.’

Lachaert warns also that not only the soccer ball goes. The system applies to all professional athletes. ‘In many sports is far less earned and that resources are needed for a good youth groups. But maybe the RSZ-a discount of more conditions to be connected, so that the money certainly socially useful spent, such as in the youth groups.’

Why not for childminders?

‘We don’t manage to get a good statute, for example, childminders, but for footballers it can be, ” says CD&V Member of parliament, Stefaan Vercamer. “What happens now raises a lot of questions,” says Vercamer, which also calls for a revision of the system. “We would still need to better ensure that the money to the youth groups and are not used to young people abroad to get them to sell.’

His colleague, Roel Deseyn (CD&V) thinks that the ceiling up to which SOCIAL security is paid. “You could, for example, to the “premiernorm” can think.” This is the salary of the prime minister as a guideline taken – 290.000 euros per year.

Deputy prime minister Kris Peeters (CD&V) supports the idea to evaluate the system. “We need to ensure that the support we give to the sport, properly used. The following weeks we will be together with colleagues to view what measures in the matter can be taken. We need that in a sensible way, because, especially for small sports clubs are the measures of great importance.’

To populist

‘The abolition of that discount proposals as the solution is a little bit populist response to a flame’, it sounds on the cabinet of deputy prime minister Jan Jambon (N-VA). “It is not that this is the only problem. The sector as a whole needs a good look at.”

“We should not paniekvoetbal play’, says Mp Jan Spooren (N-VA). “We ask that minister, and The Block with a comparative study to see how the scheme in other countries. But the argument that some RSZ-discount is needed to the competitiveness of our clubs to safeguard, I do not longer hold. Maybe the ceiling up, but there I go now not to pre-empt.’

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