Employee 

  • You need to register as a self-employed person with a secondary activity (‘zelfstandige in bijberoep’).
  • Depending on your activity, your earnings will have to be declared as ‘miscellaneous revenue’ or ‘professional income’.  

Self-employed 

  • Depending on your activity, your earnings will have to be declared as ‘miscellaneous revenue’ or ‘professional income’.

Student 

  • You need to register as a self-employed person (and apply for a status equal to a secondary activity ('gelijkstelling met bijberoep'), if need be). In order to retain your right to family benefits, you are not allowed to work for more than 240 hours in the first, second and fourth quarter, and you are allowed to work an unlimited number of hours in the third quarter 3 (summer).
  • In order to remain fiscally dependent on your parents, you need to meet the following conditions: you are officially a part of the family and do not receive a salary that is a professional expense for your parents. Plus, the income you earn, does not exceed the authorized limit, depending on your family situation.

Retired 

  • You need to register as a self-employed person (and apply for a status equal to a secondary activity ('gelijkstelling met bijberoep'), if need be). You need to declare this activity to your pension fund. Otherwise, your pension may be reduced or suspended. Whether you are allowed to earn an unlimited amount of money or are subject to a certain maximum income limit will be determined by your age, your career span and the pension type.
  • If your earnings exceed the authorized income limit, this can result in a reduction or suspension of your pension.  

Unemployed 

  • Contact the RVA/ONEM (National Employment Office) beforehand. It is the RVA/ONEM that decides whether you will be allowed to take on occasional paid activities while retaining unemployment benefits. In that case, your unemployment benefits may be reduced. If you work more than occasionally, you may lose your entitlement to unemployment benefits.  

Welfare receiver 

  • If you receive a minimum income (‘leefloon’), you need to inform the Public Centre for Social Welfare (OCMW/CPAS) to see if a limited amount of personal earnings can be combined with a minimum income.
  • If you receive health benefits, you need to inform your health insurance fund and ask permission from its medical adviser (‘adviserend geneesheer’). Your benefits may be reduced.   

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