Can you combine your income from an artistic activity with a benefit for a career break or time credit?

You can combine an income from your artistic activity with a benefit for a career break or time credit.

Are you entitled to benefit for a career break or time credit if you receive a reimbursement via the small expense compensation system for artists?

If you receive a small compensation for your artistic services, you can retain your benefit for a career break or time credit.

Are you entitled to benefit for a career break if you also receive an income as an employee or self-employed person?

Within certain limits, you may carry on a professional activity during the career break.

  • As a wage-earner: you can continue an additional activity that you already carried on as a wage-earner at least 3 months prior to the start of the career break, provided you do not expand this additional activity. A paid activity is viewed as additional if the average number of working hours does not exceed the number of working hours according to which the activity was suspended or by which the services are reduced. You can combine the income with your career break benefits.
  • As a self-employed personyou can begin or continue a self-employed activity during the career break, for a period of up to 1 year. You can combine the income with your career break benefits. As soon as this period has expired, you can continue your self-employed activity until such time as the career break ends. You will, however, lose your break benefits.

You must notify your activity to the Regional Agency ‘Break Benefits Department’ when you apply for the break benefits using form C61, or in the case of an self-employed activity begun at a later date, when you begin this activity. More information is available on the website of the NEO.

Any activity that is not carried on as an employee or a self-employed person is permitted during the career break. You can therefore combine your income from an occasional activity (sundry earnings), subsidies or income from the exploitation of copyright (if you are not subject to the social status of a self-employed person) with the break benefits without restriction.

Are you entitled to benefit for time credit (private sector) if you also receive an income as an employee or self-employed person?

Within certain limits, you may carry on a professional activity during the time credit.

  • As wage-earner: you can continue an additional activity as a wage-earner if you already carried this on for at least 12 months prior to the start of the complete suspension of the execution of the contract of employment or the reduction in services. The number of hours of this additional activity may not be increased during the time credit. If this happens, you will lose your entitlement to benefit. You can combine the income with your benefits.
  • As a self-employed person you can continue a self-employed activity if you already carried this on for at least 12 months prior to the start of the complete suspension of the execution of the contract of employment, for a maximum period of 1 year. You can combine the income with your break benefits. As soon as this period has expired, you can continue your self-employed activity until such time as the time credit ends. You will, however, lose your break benefits.

You must notify your activity to the Regional Agency ‘Break Benefits Department’ when you apply for the break benefits (www.rva.be). You must also notify the Agency in writing if you want to continue your self-employed activity after 12 months.

Any activity that is not carried on as an employee or a self-employed person is permitted during the time credit. You do not need to notify the NEO. You can therefore combine your income from an occasional activity (sundry earnings), subsidies or income from the exploitation of copyright (if you are not subject to the social status of a self-employed person) with the break benefits without restriction.