Beltug meets Cabinet Van Peteghem on copyright for software developers

In Belgium, ‘creative professionals’ can benefit from an advantageous tax rate for a portion of their earnings from their copyrighted work. For many years, this has included software developers, as well as journalists, photographers, etc., whether self-employed or working for a company.


Minister of Finance Vincent Van Peteghem (CD&V), Minister of Social Affairs Frank Vandenbroucke and Minister of the Economy Pierre-Yves Dermagne, are concerned about possible abuses of the system. Specifically, that the system may be being used by some people solely to take advantage of the tax breaks, and not in the spirit of the original intention.

They want to reconsider the extensive scope of the definition of which ‘creative professionals’ benefit from the tax-friendly scheme.

We received quite a few reactions from concerned members, so we met with the Cabinet Van Peteghem. Our findings from the meeting include: