2023 : permitted income for retirees

Author: Anne Ghysels (Legal Expert)
Read time: 2min
Publication date: 29/12/2021 - 08:34
Latest update: 06/01/2023 - 12:19

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 2023.


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 € 9,236.00 No limit € 21,505.00 No limit € 26,678.00
  With a dependent child € 13,854.00 No limit € 26,881.00 No limit € 32,451.00
Self-employed (or working simultaneously as an employee and a self-employed person) With no dependent children € 7,389.00 No limit € 17,204.00 No limit € 21,342.00
  With a dependent child € 11,083.00 No limit € 21,505.00 No limit € 25,960.00

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


Source: Ministerial Order of 22 December 2022 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, 30 December 2022.

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