A temporary increase in the wage limits in the event of attachment and transfer entails that the employee now has more net pay in case of attachment.


The Act of 19 June 2020 is the sequel to an earlier measure that restricted the possibility of attachment until 17 June 2020 (see our article entitled Temporary Curtailment of Attachments). In the end, the government decided not to extend this measure but to protect private individuals who are additionally affected by debts in this time of crisis, in a different way.

Wage limits raised by 20%  

An employee's salary is only partially susceptible to attachment or transfer. This attachable portion of the salary is calculated on the basis of different wage limits. The net pay is thus divided into several brackets whereby a part of the pay within each bracket is attached.

The increase in the wage limits means that, in the event of attachment, the employee is now left with more net pay.  

 

Income limits 2020

Increased limits

Attachable portion

Wages between € 0 and € 1  138,00

Wages between € 0 and € 1  366,00

no attachment

Wages between € 1 138,01 and € 1 222,00

Wages between € 1 366,01 and € 1 467,00

20%

Wages between € 1 222,01 and € 1 349,00

Wages between € 1 467,01 and € 1 619,00

30%

Wages between  € 1 349,01 and € 1 475,00

Wages between € 1 619,01 and € 1 770,00

40%

Wages above  € 1 475,00 

Wages above € 1 770,00

100%

The exempt amount for dependent children is increased to €84 per child.

This temporary increase shall apply from 20 June to 31 August 2020, with the possibility of adjusting the date of expiry.

Source: Act of 19 June 2020 on the temporary increase of attachment thresholds referred to in Article 1409 of the Judicial Code (Belgisch Staatsblad [Belgian Official Gazette] of 19 June 2020).