Bequests: Caritas in your will

Bequests: Caritas in your will

How reassuring is it to think that after your life your will will continue to make the world a better place. Even after your passing, your life will still mean a lot for generations to come.

Caritas International in your will?

For a long time, men and women sensitive to the most disadvantaged, have decided to offer a new future to future generations by making a bequest to Caritas International.

You too can make a radical change in the lives of the most vulnerable.

Your lasting and solidary support will enable Caritas International to continue to help the most vulnerable. Thanks to your gift, infants will receive medical care, disaster victims will be rescued, children will be able to go back to school, and women will be able to cultivate their fields again.

As a humanitarian organization, Caritas International only pays a 7 inheritance tax (in Brussels-Capital en in Wallonia from the 19th September 2019), and 8.5% in Flanders on the bequests that it receives. This way, you can be certain that your money will be spent according to your wishes.

Dual bequests, a way to support your family while also supporting the most disadvantaged

  • Example of an ordinary bequest:

Julien doesn’t have any children. He is leaving €350,000 to his nephew, Thomas, and is not leaving any to a good cause. In Wallonia, Thomas would pay an inheritance tax of € 204,375, in Brussels he would pay € 210,000 and in Flanders he would pay € 178,000.

In Wallonia, Thomas would thus receive € 145,625  out of € 3650,000. In Brussels he would receive € 140,000 and in Flanders he would receive € 172,000.

Caritas would not receive anything.

  • Examples of dual bequests:

In Wallonia
Julien shares his € 350,000 between his nephew, Thomas, and Caritas International: € 175,000 go to Thomas, and € 175,000 go to Caritas International. Thomas doesn’t pay an inheritance tax; Caritas pays in his place in the amount of € 81,875. Caritas International also pays an inheritance tax (7% in Wallonia) on its € 175,000 in the amount of € 12,250.

Thomas then receives € 175,000 (€ 29,375 more than he would have with an ordinary bequest).

Caritas International receives € 80,875 (€ 175,000 – € 94.125 in inheritance taxes).

In Brussels-Capital
Julien shares his € 350,000 between his nephew, Thomas, and Caritas International: € 175,000 go to Thomas, and € 175,000 go to Caritas International. Thomas doesn’t pay an inheritance tax; Caritas pays in his place in the amount of € 87,500. Caritas International also pays an inheritance tax (7% in Brussels-Capital from 19th September 2019) on its € 175,000 in the amount of € 12,250.

Thomas then receives € 175,000 (€ 35,000 more than he would have with an ordinary bequest).

Caritas International receives € 72,250 (€ 175,000 – € 99.750 in inheritance taxes).

In Flanders
Julien shares his € 350,000 between his nephew, Thomas, and Caritas International: € 175,000 go to Thomas, and € 175,000 go to Caritas International. Thomas doesn’t pay an inheritance tax; Caritas pays in his place in the amount of €  81,750. Caritas International also pays an inheritance tax (8.5% in Flanders) on its € 125,000 in the amount of €  14,875.

Thomas then receives € 175,000 (€  3,000 more than he would have with an ordinary bequest).

Caritas International receives €  8,375 (€  175,000 – € 96.625 in inheritance taxes).

Why should you make a bequest to Caritas International?

Because you want to:

  • Guarantee food security for all. You hope that one day no one will ever go hungry.
  • Provide emergency aid during natural disasters or wars so that victims can be rescued.
  • Support initiatives in a country that you have a close connection to.
  • Contribute to the sustainable development of communities, even after a crisis.
  • Act in partnership with the Global South so that local partners can ensure their own development.
  • Offer a dignified life to each human being.
  • Give a second chance to future generations so that they have a better chance at life.

Want to know more?

Questions? See our FAQs.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Gonzalo Dopchie to make an appointment. You can reach him by phone at 0475 76 10 00 or by email at g.dopchie@caritasint.be.