Payroll in Belgium

Payroll in Belgium

Local Information

Local Time (LIVE):10:12 PM
Local Currency:$1 = €0.86
Business Language(s):Dutch, French, German, English
Tax Year Dates:1st January – 31st December


Best known for its beautiful towns and medieval architecture, Belgium is home to both the EU & NATO headquarters. It is also a tempting location for foreign investment.

Belgium’s free-market system has always been attractive to foreign investment. With a competitive corporate income tax rate and simple process of delivering Belgian payroll, this small European kingdom has proven lucrative for many businesses.

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Details correct at time of publication. You should not rely on these details without first seeking professional international advice.

Employer Must-Dos

In Belgium, you must arrange the following for employees

  • Labour Accident Insurance
  • Social Security
  • Child Allowance Fund
  • Protection & Prevention at Work

Payroll in Belgium

Foreign companies are not required to be legally registered in Belgium in order to deliver Belgian payroll. They also do not have to set up in-country bank accounts to make payments to employees and tax authorities.

Once established, foreign businesses need to register with the social security authority to secure a VAT number, then register for Labour Accident Insurance.

To manage their regulatory obligations, companies should use Belgium’s online Ondernemingsloket system.

Taxation in Belgium

The tax rate for Belgium ranges from 25% to 50% based on income. This variable rate changes annually, while the social security rates change every quarter. Companies must pay employer and employee contributions to the National Social Security Office quarterly, with employer contributions averaging between 32-38% and employee contributions amounting to 13.07% of gross salary.


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What are the regular working hours in Belgium?

A common Belgian working week is Monday through Friday, with a maximum 8-hour workday and 38-hour workweek. Belgium has the second highest legal minimum wage in Europe, at €1,502 ($1,608) gross per month. Overtime is paid at time and a half, or double pay on Sundays and public holidays.

Uniquely, Belgium’s overtime laws do not generally apply to night work in the hotel or entertainment histories.

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