Pensioners may carry on an occupation, but the resulting income may not exceed certain thresholds, otherwise pension benefits will be lost.
The thresholds have now been indexed for 2021.
|Maximum permitted income for work as||Before statutory pension age (< 65 years)||
A pensioner who has reached the statutory retirement age (65 years and over)
|A pensioner on a retirement and/or survivor’s pension||A pensioner who is only entitled to a survivor's pension||A pensioner on a retirement and/or survivor’s pension||A pensioner who is only entitled to a survivor's pension(*)|
|Career < 45 years||Career≥ 45 years|
|Employee, other activity, position, post or office||With no dependent children||8.496,00 EUR||No limit||19.782,00 EUR||No limit||24.540,00 EUR|
|With a dependent child||12.744,00 EUR||No limit||24.728,00 EUR||No limit||29.850,00 EUR|
|Self-employed (or working simultaneously as an employee and a self-employed person)||With no dependent children||6.797,00 EUR||No limit||15.826,00 EUR||No limit||19.632,00 EUR|
|With a dependent child||10.195,00 EUR||No limit||19.782,00 EUR||No limit||23.880,00 EUR|
(*) The amounts also apply to pensioners of whom the spouse benefits from a household rate pension.
Source: Ministerial Order of 24 December 2020 amending the annual figures referred to in article 64, §§ 2 and 3 of the Royal Decree of 21 December 1967 introducing general regulations on the retirement and survivor’s pension for employees, Belgian Official Gazette, 05 Januari 2021.