New reduction thresholds for provisional ONSS contributions starting in 2018

Posted May 11th, 2018 in Expenses, Independent by Louise

In the past, self-employed workers who wanted to reduce their contributions after experiencing a drop in income were often unable to do so. To try to make it easier for people to take account of fluctuations in their income, the Government has introduced 4 new reduction thresholds (to add to the 2 existing thresholds) so that more people can adjust their contributions to match their actual income.

The new thresholds are applicable to contributions from the first quarter of 2018.

Source: Partena Professional

Come and work for Local Knowledge!

Posted February 12th, 2017 in Jobs by Louise

We have a vacancy for a part time HR coordinator (maternity cover) from 1 April – 15 July 2017 with the possibility of extension. Precise hours/days are negotiable.

As our HR coordinator you will file payroll for clients, keep our clients’ work regulations up to date, advise clients on HR questions and undertake a range of administrative and organisational tasks.

You should be known for your organisational capacity, your attention to detail and your ability to work without close supervision.

For more details of what the role entails, read the Job Description.

To apply, please email with your CV and a one page letter setting out why you should have the job in English.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Have you overestimated your state pension in Belgium?

Posted November 10th, 2016 in Expenses, Useful stuff by Louise


According to a study by Securex, most self employed people in Belgium overestimate the amount that they think they will get when they retire by 25%.

A survey showed that most freelancers thought they would get over €1000 per month whereas the true figure is closer to €800.



Do you use your own car for work?

Posted October 27th, 2016 in News, Useful stuff by Louise

pexels-photo-125514The amount you can claim per kilometre is currently 0.3363€. As long as you stick to this amount, no tax or social security is due on the payment although you need to keep a record of where you went and when. This amount applies until June 30 2017.

Paid education leave

Posted October 27th, 2016 in News by Louise

pexels-photo-24873All employees in Belgium are entitled to paid education leave. Each region has now identified a list of sectors and jobs where a labour shortage exists. If an employee follows a course linked to one of these jobs where there is a labour shortage they are now entitled to 180 hours per year of paid education leave. (The previous limit was 100/120 hours per year). The list for the Brussels region is here; ; for Flanders here: ; for Wallonia here:

New tax for lazy people (we’re talking bikes here)

Posted October 27th, 2016 in Expenses, News by Louise

summer-sport-bikes-bicyclesSince 1 October 2016 fast electric bikes (top speed 45 km/h), have been allocated a new legal status – they are now considered as mopeds (bike with an engine) rather than bicycles. The major consequence of this change is the end of the total tax exemption for the employer on the bike allowance. Electric bikes can still open the right to an allowance of 0.22 EUR per kilometer but this amount is only tax exempt up until 31.70 EUR per month. There is no ONSS (social charges) to be paid on the allowance. Electric bikes with a top speed of 25km/h are in a separate category and they still retain the total tax exempt status (along with classic bicycles).

Don’t get burnt by the burn out rules

Posted October 27th, 2016 in Belgian Law, News by Louise

Overwhelmed by work?

The burn out epidemic continues and the Ministry of Employment is starting to organize regular inspections to ensure employers comply with legislation regarding burn out prevention (Since September 2014 every employer must develop a set of measures to prevent burn out and other psychosocial risks at work by doing a psychosocial risks analysis, creating processes for employees to submit requests for intervention, selecting a prevention advisor and informing and training all the required staff on the issue). Check your work regulations to make sure they are up to date. (required since March 2015).


Posted October 27th, 2016 in Belgian Law, News by Louise

StudentsFrom 1 January 2017, students can work up to 475 hours per year (up from 50 days per year regardless of the number of hours per day worked). The effect will be to enable students to work for more hours whilst remaining within the limits for reduced social contributions (which are paid by the employer). A new online system will come into operation at the same time enabling students to check easily from their mobile phones how many hours they have left.

Should you set up in Belgium post BREXIT?

Posted August 18th, 2016 in News by Louise


eu-1473958_1280The UK’s vote to leave the EU will inevitably mean several years of detailed neg-otiations on everything from technical guidelines for thousands of products,  rules on whether and how British people can live in work in the EU in the future and vice versa.

One of the surest ways of insuring your business against years of uncertainty is to set up a company in Belgium now. This is simple and straightforward. Yo
u can be sure that you can continue to trade unencumbered by new rules with your current EU clients, you can invoice your clients in euros and incur your expenses in euros. Following the UK’s exit, your goods and services won’t be affected by BREXIT.

For more details contact Louise Hilditch: or telephone +32 495 160 845





Start your own Business 2016

Posted March 6th, 2016 in Events by Louise

Our annual seminar where you can find out for free in English all you need to know about setting up a business in Belgium will take place on Tuesday April 26th this year.

Further details to follow but save the date and email me to pre-reserve yourself space.

See you there,