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Employer reimbursement for prescription monitor glasses 2023

Jeroen de Groot


There is a high demand for information on reimbursement Screen glasses. The law requires employers to ensure that screen work does not endanger the safety and health of their employees. Screen glasses prescription lenses are ideally suited for screen work. The lenses are ground in a special way, so you always see sharply on the screen. Even the papers on the desk can be read effortlessly. But what rules are associated with reimbursement for monitor glasses?

Computer glasses can be tax deductible. In this blog you will read more about the conditions on tax according to the Payroll Tax Manual.

Screen glasses reimbursement by employer

In many professions, it is impossible to imagine life without computer work, nor is it possible to avoid it. This can lead to all sorts of unpleasant health complaints, such as arm, neck and shoulder pain or eye complaints. Because the eyelids hardly blink during intensive monitor work, the eyeballs become too dry and eye fatigue can occur. It is important for the employer to intervene in time when eye complaints arise and to lay down the rules for the reimbursement of computer glasses. This is in order to prevent the complaints from getting worse or from occurring in the first place. Because that's what we want to be ahead of, right?

Monitor glasses Reimbursement by employer

Working Conditions Act on prescription screen glasses

Under the Working Conditions Act, every employer is obliged to ensure that employees can do their work safely. VDU work must not endanger anyone's health and safety. In order to protect employees, a number of rules have been drawn up: prior to working with a computer screen or in the event of eye complaints, employers must offer their employees the opportunity to undergo an eye examination. If it is found that computer screen glasses can help with the complaints, the employer is obliged to reimburse the costs of the computer screen glasses. Employees who need reading glasses and who perform screen work are routinely entitled to have their computer glasses reimbursed by their employer.

Source: Working Conditions Decree Article 5.11 Measures relating to the protection of workers' eyes and vision.

Are screen glasses an occupational health and safety precaution?

Yes, monitor glasses are an occupational health and safety provision according to article 22.1.9 of the manual for wage tax 2021, October 2021 edition. A targeted exemption applies to health and safety provisions which is not at the expense of your free space under the work-related costs scheme.

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Are computer glasses tax deductible?

Yes you can, but under certain conditions.

A health and safety provision always falls under the work-related costs scheme (WKR). The work-related costs scheme allows you, as an employer, to make untaxed payments to your employees. However, the health and safety provision must meet the following conditions:

As of 1 January 2022, the targeted exemption for occupational health and safety provisions has been changed, clarifying that only provisions directly related to the employer's obligations are exempt.

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Health and safety provisions are only specifically exempted if they meet the following conditions:

  • The facilities are a direct result of the Working Conditions Act. In short, these are facilities that ensure the safety and health of the employee.
  • The employee uses or consumes the facilities at the (home) workplace (fully or partially) or at a place where you implement the Working Conditions Act.
  • You do not charge any costs to the employee. In other words, the employee is not allowed to pay an own contribution for the facilities. Even the exchange of a taxed wage component for an untaxed provision is an own contribution in this context, for example in cafeteria arrangements.

Own contribution

If your employee wants a more luxurious, equally safe version of the same provision or an upgrade of a health and safety provision (a more expensive frame for monitor glasses), this is possible, but the targeted exemption does not apply to the additional costs involved. For these additional costs or a non-compulsory occupational health and safety provision, you can request a contribution from the employee. You deduct this contribution from the net salary. Instead, you can opt to designate the additional costs or non-compulsory health and safety provision as a final taxable benefit and charge it to the tax-free allowance, subject to the customary use criterion. The provision will then remain untaxed for your employee. You can also use a cafeteria scheme for the additional costs or the non-compulsory health and safety provision (see section 4.15 of the Payroll Tax Handbook 2021).

Source: Payroll tax manual 2021 edition October 2021 article 22.1.9, Newsletter Payroll Taxes 2022

It is always advisable to consult with the tax authorities or contact your tax advisor to find out in your specific situation whether the monitor glasses can be compensated untaxed and whether the monitor glasses compensation is deductible for your employee.

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