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    KBC responds to entirely inaccurate presentation of facts in Workers' Party of Belgium (PvdA) study

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 — The Workers' Party of Belgium (PvdA) today published its research centre's top 50 largest tax breaks and top 1 000 biggest profits in Belgium. According to the PvdA, KBC is number one in their top 50 largest tax breaks list, with KBC only paying 5.8 million euros in tax on profits of 2.2 billion euros. The way in which KBC Group's tax situation is described in the PvdA study is, however, a total misrepresentation of the facts.

    • In 2015, KBC realised a consolidated profit of 2.6 billion euros (and not 2.2 billion). The consolidated result is for KBC Group NV and all its subsidiaries worldwide, not just in Belgium.

    • These profits are taxed for each of our subsidiaries according to the legislation of the country in which they are established. As clearly published in our Report to Society (available at www.kbc.com – see figures shown below), KBC paid a total of 424 million euros in income tax in the countries in which it mainly operates.

    • If the relevant subsidiaries pay out dividends from already taxed profits, those dividends must remain largely tax-free in Belgium under the European Union's Parent-Subsidiary Directive. However, this directive only applies to distributed profits the subsidiary (whether in Belgium or abroad) has actually been taxed on and is purely a means of preventing double taxation.

    • The PvdA study also only refers to income tax, with no mention of the many other taxes KBC pays, including:

       

      • Substantial bank taxes to the tune of 417 million euros, 229 million euros of which were paid in Belgium in 2015 (with bank tax in Belgium to go up from this year onwards following recent changes in legislation)

      • Unrecoverable value added tax (VAT) and various taxes on goods and services KBC uses, due to banking services being virtually exempt from VAT

       

       

      The table below summarises at a glance the 2015 taxes KBC paid in the countries in which it mainly operates (also given in our 2015 Report to Society available at www.kbc.com):

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    General Manager KBC Corporate Communication / Spokesperson