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Teleworking for Belgian cross-border workers extended



The accord has been extended until the end of the year. Nader Ghavami

The accord has been extended until the end of the year. Nader Ghavami

The accord allowing Belgian cross-border workers to continue teleworking without risking double taxation has been extended until 31 December 2021.

Finance minister Pierre Gramegna (DP) confirmed the agreement in a tweet on Wednesday morning. This means that a cap limiting employees to 24 days of working from home a year or face being taxed in their country of residence as well as where they work will continue being lifted.

Belgium and Luxembourg first scrapped the limit during lockdown last year. At a summit in August, they agreed to increase the limit to 34 days a year.

 

 

Belgian member of parliament and mayor of Attert, Josy Arens said on Tuesday evening that he was informed that the accord was going to be extended. The current agreement was going to expire on 30 September.

A similar agreement regarding social security also extends until the end of the year. Under EU rules, employees of companies in Luxembourg risk losing their social security affiliation if they work more than 25% of their time outside the country.

This is the case for German cross-border workers as well. In terms of the accords with France however, the fiscal one runs until the end of the year but the one regarding social security, for now, is scheduled to expire on 15 November.