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Belgium Issues Circular On COVID-19 Teleworking Tax Relief

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

17 July 2020


The Belgian Finance Ministry has released guidance on a COVID-19 tax relief measure on offer for employer-paid expenses for teleworking.

The circular confirms that employers can pay, tax free, an amount of EUR129.48 (USD147.80) per month to employees to cover costs associated with remote working. This amount was EUR126.94 prior to April 1, 2020. These amounts are deductible for companies.

The allowance applies to all workers, including civil servants and government employees.

Employers must be able to show that the allowance is intended to cover specific costs, and that the amount was spent on such costs. These costs include office expenses, such as the fitting out and use of a home office, computer and printing equipment, basic supplies, such as water and electricity, maintenance costs, and insurance, among other things.

Employees must work at home at least five days per month to qualify for the allowance. Those on part-time contracts are also entitled to the full allowance.

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