Give the gift of relaxation
Happy employees are proven to be more productive, ambitious and motivated. Give your employees a healthy work-life balance and subsidize them once a year for some time off. Stay ahead in the war for talent and stand out from your strongest competitors with the help of the relax allowance.
The relax benefit covers both vacations and any other activity that serves as recreation.
The relax benefit is reimbursed once a year. After the first submission, the reimbursement is automatic.
Flat rate taxation of 25% and free of social security contributions, tax & social security exempt for employees.
Minimum €156 more net earned per year
Increase the salary of your employees with a minimum of €156 per year for vacations and other recreational activities with the help of the relax benefit.
Low costs, big impact
The relax benefit is taxed at a flat rate of 25%. Increase the salary of your employees and save money compared to a traditional salary increase.
Save time and minimize the administrative burden for your employees (and yourself). Employees submit their vacation in the mobile app and the allowance is automatically reimbursed.
Relaxed and motivated employees
As a healthy work-life balance is becoming more and more important to maintain a modern healthy work environment. The tax-optimised relax subsidy enables employers to increase the quality of life of their employees, simply and inexpensively. Support your employees relaxation time and motivate them in the long term.
For the entire family
Perfect for a family vacation: in addition to the recreation allowance for employees, an allowance of €104 for spouses and €52 per child can be submitted.
After this benefit is unlocked, invite your employees to Circula, they are now able to submit their vacation days once a year to receive the lump sum.
No more administrative hassle: After verification by Circula, the relax allowance is automatically reimbursed.
Standard payroll integrations
Relax lump sums can be seamlessly routed to LODAS, LuG or any other payroll system for payroll purposes.
Do you have any questions?
- 156€ for every employee
- 104€ addition for spouses
- 52€ additional for every child
Example: Mr. Zukowski is married and has three children. He goes on vacation with his family for two weeks. A week after his return, he claims his relax allowance via the Circula app. In the following month, Mr. Zukowski receives a one-time reimbursement of €416 from his employer.
In general, any form of recreational activity can be subsidized with the help of the relax allowance. However, the prerequisite is that a "vacation" has been taken for at least 7 consecutive working days.
The total allowance amount can be used only once in a calendar year. The amount cannot be split in instalments over the year.
No, vacation allowance and relax allowance are not the same and may be paid in parallel. They are not mutually exclusive and are both voluntary measures taken by the employer.
Paragraph 40 of the Income Tax Act (EStG) on the lump sum wage tax in special cases regulates the relax allowance. Under paragraph 2, sentence 1, number 3 of the EStG, it is stated that the employer may levy wage tax at a flat rate of 25%, insofar as he grants relax allowances, if these, together with relax allowances granted earlier in the same calendar year, do not exceed €156.00 for the employee.
In addition to the allowance of €156.00, employers are entitled to an additional €104.00 Euros per year for spouses of the employee and an additional €52.00 per year for each child as a recreation allowance.
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