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Significantly lower salary costs for R&D researchers

In Flanders, you can benefit from an exemption of payment of 80% of the personal income withholding tax for researchers and other qualified personnel. It goes without saying that this significantly lowers your salary costs.


To obtain this cash-in-hand benefit, the researchers you employ must:

  • have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in science, and
  • be engaged in an R&D program.

25% tax exemption for night/shift work

Flanders offers a major tax exemption of 22.8% of total taxable wages, including bonuses, for working at night or in shifts. This is extended to 25% in case of continuous work.