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Money matters. From bank accounts to taxes and the cost of living, all information to get you started is listed here.
Branches of the principal Belgian and international banks can be found in all Belgian cities. Among the best known are ING, KBCand BNP Paribas Fortis. A bank account can only be opened after arrival in Belgium. The procedure on how to open a bank account can differ from bank to bank.
As a resident in Belgium, you will yearly receive a tax form in a brown envelope. The tax relates to the income of the previous year. You have to file the tax return, even if you have not earned any income in Belgium in that year. For this, you will need to get the '281.10' form from your employer to be able to fill in the tax form.
If you are awaiting a tax rebate next year when you will have left Belgium already, it is advisable to keep your Belgian bank account or give the Tax Office authorization to transfer the rebate to a foreign account number.
If you need assistance in filling out your tax form, contact the federal tax administration (+32 257 257 57, every weekday from 8AM to 5PM) or email email@example.com.
A great way to find out what the general cost of living in Leuven is, is Numbeo, an independent website which is regularly updated by its users. It shows the cost of living for items of daily use up to rent costs.
You can also use the website to compare Leuven to any other city in the world.