Income permitted to be earned by retired persons – 2019 figures

Author: Anne Ghysels
Date:

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 2019.

 

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

€ 8,172.00

No limit

€ 19,027.00

No limit

€ 23,604.00

With a dependent child

€ 12,258.00

No limit

€ 23,784.00

No limit

€ 28,712.00

Self-employed (or working simultaneously as an employee and a self-employed person)

With no dependent children

€ 6,538.00

No limit

€ 15,222.00

No limit

€ 18,883.00

With a dependent child

€ 9,807.00

No limit

€ 19,027.00

No limit

€ 22,969.00

(*) The amounts also apply to pensioners of whom the spouse benefits from a household rate pension.

Source: Ministerial Order of 4 December 2018 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, 11 December 2018.

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