TN 3 (01-03)
GN 01713.110 Scope of the U.S. - Belgian Agreement
A. Policy — Benefit programs included
The provisions of the agreement that permit people to qualify for benefits based on combined U.S. and Belgian coverage credits apply to the following types of benefits:
1. U.S. retirement, survivors and disability benefits
The agreement does not apply to Medicare benefits or Supplemental Security Income.
2. Belgian retirement, survivors and disability benefits
The agreement does not apply to other contributory benefit programs such as health insurance, short-term sickness benefits, family allowances, etc.
B. Policy — taxes included
The provisions of the agreement that eliminate dual Social Security coverage and taxes apply to:
U.S. Social Security taxes (FICA and SECA) including the Medicare portion, and
Belgium’s Social Security taxes that finance retirement, survivors and disability benefits, sickness insurance, unemployment and work accident insurance and cash family allowances.
Agreement provisions for the elimination of dual coverage and taxation,