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rikvanlooy
Mar 19th, 2003, 04:05 PM
Do you believe that the Australian government promised the Clijsters clan massive tax reductions if Kim would decide to adopt the Australian nationality ?

It seems incredible.

E. Blackadder
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:07 PM
yes they did

Volcana
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:23 PM
The Australian government stated a fact. tax rates are lower in OZ than Belgium. They didn't offer to make a special Kim Clijsters tax rate.

Buitenzorg
Mar 19th, 2003, 08:36 PM
The Australian government stated a fact. tax rates are lower in OZ than Belgium. They didn't offer to make a special Kim Clijsters tax rate.

Now, With The GST....Income Tax had reduced from 47.5% to around 37.5-40% (for Higher Income) :D

Buitenzorg
Mar 19th, 2003, 08:37 PM
And I remembered what Kim was saying, at Belgium they apply 62.5% Tax :eek: (this is very high)

DutchieGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:20 AM
Now, With The GST....Income Tax had reduced from 47.5% to around 37.5-40% (for Higher Income) :D

XXX WRONG!!! The highest income tax rate was 47%, and guess what, it still is 47% even with the GST. BUT what the govt did was raise the amount you had to earn before you paid the top rate. For Kim this wouldn't matter. Coz if you earn over $60,001 then you pay 47% tax - but this is still a MUCH better rate than what she's paying in Belgium at the moment. And our GST (VAT whatever you want to call it) is only at 10%, where I believe it's also closer to 20% in Belgium.

DutchieGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:21 AM
The Australian government stated a fact. tax rates are lower in OZ than Belgium. They didn't offer to make a special Kim Clijsters tax rate.This is correct! :D

mboyle
Mar 20th, 2003, 01:33 AM
That is because Belgium is European, and for whatever reason, it seems as if Europeans like to give their governments money to take care of them:o . Aussies seem much more reasonable- they prefer to take care of themselves thank you very much. I think here in the USA it varies. The liberals are IMHO overly trusting of the government (with a country as large as the USA the gov't is vastly inefficient and should be given little money and little responsibility), while the conservatives want to build a huge military monster and screw the rest of the system.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Mar 20th, 2003, 01:38 AM
Rikvanlooy, where are you from?! Your name just makes me think of Ruud Van Nistelrooy. LOL!

rikvanlooy
Mar 20th, 2003, 01:52 PM
I'm from Belgium.

Rik Van Looy is a very famous Belgian prof. cyclist (other names are Van Steenbergen, De Vlaeminck, Merckx, Museeuw). Every Belgian knows who Rik Van Looy is.

Almost all families with a "van" are originally from Flanders (a part of Belgium), ex. Beethoven - Van Beethoven : http://www.xs4all.nl/~ademu/Beethoven/
and Dominique Van Roost, a Belgian ex top ten tennis player

"Van" means "from".

Come-on-kim
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:13 PM
Excuse me, but I don't know Rik Van Looy, and my family is a cycling-family, so who is this man?

Brαm
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:49 PM
I'm from Belgium.

Rik Van Looy is a very famous Belgian prof. cyclist (other names are Van Steenbergen, De Vlaeminck, Merckx, Museeuw). Every Belgian knows who Rik Van Looy is.

Almost all families with a "van" are originally from Flanders (a part of Belgium), ex. Beethoven - Van Beethoven : http://www.xs4all.nl/~ademu/Beethoven/
and Dominique Van Roost, a Belgian ex top ten tennis player

"Van" means "from".
I don't really know him either...

Maybe you should've said: "every belgian over 30"? ;)

Glenn
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:55 PM
Never heard of Rik Van Looy either... :confused:

propi
Mar 20th, 2003, 06:35 PM
Is Australia so desesperate for a top ten player???
Just kidding

Mercury Rising
Mar 20th, 2003, 06:45 PM
Whaha you people don't know who Rik Van Looy is????
This is unbelievable to me too :eek: :confused:

Click this:
Rik Van Looy (http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Tielemans/hp161.htm)
Encore (http://www.dewielersite.net/coureurs/looyvan_r.htm)

Come-on-kim
Mar 20th, 2003, 07:38 PM
Do you all know Claudy Criquielion?

Lleyki
Mar 20th, 2003, 08:11 PM
Never heard of Rik Van Looy either :confused:

Mercury Rising
Mar 20th, 2003, 08:28 PM
Do you all know Claudy Criquielion?
Ofcourse I know him. And I'm not even a fanatic cyclingfan.
And I'm only 21, so you don't need to be 30 to know them ;)

DRE_MY_LOVE
Mar 20th, 2003, 08:32 PM
kim will be soon Hewitt wife..and so!

rikvanlooy
Apr 7th, 2003, 10:16 AM
Never heard of Rik Van Looy either :confused:

Look at this link :

http://www.cyclingranking.com/

Lynx
Apr 7th, 2003, 11:29 AM
"Never heard of Rik Van Looy". *weeps*

I AM old, then... :sad: :sad: :sad:

Lynx
Apr 7th, 2003, 11:42 AM
That is because Belgium is European, and for whatever reason, it seems as if Europeans like to give their governments money to take care of them:o . Aussies seem much more reasonable- they prefer to take care of themselves thank you very much. I think here in the USA it varies. The liberals are IMHO overly trusting of the government (with a country as large as the USA the gov't is vastly inefficient and should be given little money and little responsibility), while the conservatives want to build a huge military monster and screw the rest of the system.It's called "solidarity".

So that people when people they get old, or sick, or when there is no work to be had, don't have to starve.

So that every kid, be it from the poorest family, can get him/herself an education.

So that a society which calls itself "civilized" doesn't have to be ashamed of the amount of people who are forced to live on the streets... like in some other "civilized" societies.

(Plus - a lot of European countries have much more "old" people in proportion to active, working people. That's seriously out of balance... resulting in a much higher cost in health-security and retirement pensions... accounting for the fact that the taxes have gone up, and up...)

But it is called "solidarity".


Although I wouldn't mind paying less taxes, of course. THAT'S called selfishness.

nicky
Apr 7th, 2003, 11:52 AM
"Never heard of Rik Van Looy". *weeps*

I AM old, then... :sad: :sad: :sad:


as a consolation (an an introduction for those "kids" ;) ): there's an interview with Van Looy in Humo tomorrow...

And I do/did know Van Looy, although not being a cyclingfanatic. But being older than average overhere.