In regard to tax, a taxpayer who has one or more children in their household can obtain a tax reduction for dependent children.
The tax reduction can be granted in various forms, namely as:
- family benefits (tax bonus for children until July 2016) paid by the Children's Future Fund (Caisse pour l'avenir des enfants - CAE); or
- financial aid for higher education paid by the Centre for Documentation and Information on Higher Education (Centre de documentation et d'information sur l'enseignement supérieur – CEDIES); or
- aid to volunteer workers paid by the National Youth Service (Service national de la Jeunesse – SNJ).
To be entitled to these tax reductions, an application must be sent to the CAE, the CEDIES or the SNJ.
A 4th form of tax reduction, known as tax relief, is paid by the Luxembourg Inland Revenue (Administration des contributions directes - ACD).
Unless they are in tax class 2, taxpayers who obtain a tax reduction for children, regardless of the form of the reduction, are taxable in tax class 1A.
Taxpayers who have lost their entitlement to the tax reduction may, in certain circumstances, enjoy tax relief for children for the 2 tax years following the year of expiry of their entitlement to the tax reduction.
Who is concerned
A tax reduction in the form of tax relief is available to taxpayers whether they are married, in a civil partnership or single.
The child in question must belong to the applicant's household and must not be entitled to any other form of tax reduction. Such is the case, for example, if an adult child is under the age of 21 and is not a student or doing voluntary work.
A child is held to belong to the household of the taxpayer with whom they live, even when they live elsewhere for a reason other than that of essentially lucrative work.
Example: when the child lives outside of their parents' home for the purposes of education, and comes home for the holidays, or lives in a specialist institution for disabled people.
It is not possible to receive the benefit for the same child in 2 different forms.
The tax reduction is an integral part of the family benefit, State financial aid for higher education and the financial aid paid by the National Youth Service.
Consequently, the tax reduction in the form of tax relief can only be granted for children who belong to the taxpayer's household and who are not entitled to any other form of reduction.
Furthermore, during the tax year in question, the child must:
- be under the age of 21; or
- be at least 21 years old on 1 January; and
- be studying (at university or full-time professional development training); or
- be doing voluntary work; or
- suffer from a handicap or disability.
How to proceed
Application for tax relief
Taxpayers can apply for tax relief by:
- submitting an income tax return (form 100, page 2); or
- applying for an adjustment of the tax withheld on their salary using the annual adjustment procedure (form 163 for residents or non-residents).
Amount of tax relief
The amount of tax relief available to eligible taxpayers is EUR 922.50 per year per eligible child, and is to be set off against the tax owed by the taxpayer.
Individual taxation of parents
During the same tax year, a child may only be held to belong to the household of one of their parents.
When a child conferring entitlement to a tax reduction moves from one household to another during the tax year, they are considered to be part of the household of the taxpayer who first received the reduction for the year in question.
When the parents are taxed individually, the tax relief is granted to one of the parents if:
- the child themselves receives the family allowance or State financial aid for higher education or aid from the National Youth Service; or
- no family allowance, financial aid for higher education or support for volunteers has been paid.
In these 2 specific cases, one of the parents may waive their right to the payment in favour of the other parent, or one of the parents may be designated by both parents as the recipient of the benefit (form 104).
Additional tax deductions
A taxpayer who obtains a tax reduction for children during the tax year, regardless of the form of the reduction, may claim additional tax deductions for certain investments or expenditures incurred during the year.
The Luxembourg Inland Revenue reserves the right to request supporting documents as part of the process of verifying any information, statements, applications, declarations, claims or appeals submitted to its offices.
Forms / Online services
Décompte annuel de l'année 2018 (personnes physiques résidentes salariées ou pensionnées non soumises à une imposition par voie d'assiette - 163 R)
Lohnsteuerjahresausgleich für das Jahr 2018 (ansässige steuerpflichtige Arbeitnehmer und Rentner die nicht einer Besteuerung durch Veranlagung unterliegen - 163 R)
Décompte annuel de l'année 2018 (personnes physiques non résidentes salariées ou pensionnées non soumises à une imposition par voie d'assiette - 163 NR)
Lohnsteuerjahresausgleich für das Jahr 2018 (nichtansässige steuerpflichtige Arbeitnehmer und Rentner die nicht einer Besteuerung durch Veranlagung unterliegen - 163 NR)