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Employing R&D staff in Flanders comes with many (tax) benefits

Significantly lower salary costs for 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 at least a master’s degree in science, and
  • be engaged in an R&D program.

25% tax exemption for night/shift work in high-tech production

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% if the employee is involved in the production of high-tech products or in case of continuous work.

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