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Germany and Belgium Sign Agreement on Taxation of Cross-Border Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

The German Ministry of Finance has published an agreement signed with Belgium on 6 May 2020 concerning the taxation of cross-border workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement is made under the 1967 Germany-Belgium tax treaty and provides that in cases where a cross-border worker is required to work from home due to COVID-19, the days spent working from home will be treated as working days in the Contracting State in which the worker would normally be working, if not for COVID-19.

The agreement entered into force on 7 May 2020 and applies to working days in the period 11 March to 31 May 2020. It can be extended to the end of the following month if the competent authorities agree.

Note, Germany has signed similar agreements with Austria, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, and Belgium has signed similar agreements with France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

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