Slovak Republic

Individual - Deductions

Last reviewed - 10 February 2022

Employment expenses

No deductions are available from income from employment, except for statutory health and social insurance contributions. Sums received by way of reimbursement of expenses incurred in connection with employment are exempt from tax, provided they do not exceed the statutory limits and are not aimed for private use.

Deduction from certain income from capital

An annual deduction of up to EUR 500 is available from certain types of income from capital, including gains on the sale of shares, and rental income from real estate.

Personal allowances

The personal allowance of 21 times the minimum subsistence amount announced on 1 January each year is available to all individuals whose annual tax base does not exceed a certain limit. If the tax base of a taxpayer exceeds a certain limit, the personal allowance is reduced to nil progressively, based on a formula.

For 2022, the personal allowance is set at EUR based on the minimum subsistence amount valid on 1 January 2022. Individuals whose tax base for 2022 is higher than EUR 20,235.97 cannot apply the entire non-taxable personal allowance. Their personal allowance is reduced to nil progressively, based on a formula, so that those with an annual tax base equal to or higher than EUR 38,553.01 in 2022 are not entitled to any personal allowance.

A dependent spouse allowance of up to 19.2 times the minimum subsistence amount can also be claimed in 2022 by Slovak tax residents with permanent residence in Slovakia, provided the spouse does not have income in excess of the allowance amount (i.e. EUR 4,186.75 in 2022). The amount of the spouse allowance depends on the level of the individual’s and spouse’s 2021 incomes, and is based on a formula. However, if the individual's tax base is equal to or higher than EUR 38,553.01 in 2022, the individual will not be entitled to any spouse allowance. A Slovak tax non-resident can the claim spouse allowance only if 90% of one’s worldwide income is from Slovak sources.

Personal and dependent spouse allowance can decrease only the income from employment, business, or other self-employment.

The spouse allowance is applied only if the spouse is living with the taxpayer in the common household and is taking care of a dependent child, receives a cash allowance for nursing, is registered with an employment centre and is actively seeking a job, is considered a disabled individual, or is a severely disabled individual.

Business deductions

Private entrepreneurs may deduct ordinary business expenses incurred to maintain, secure, and generate business income, provided they keep accounts recording their income and costs. For rental income, the costs should be recorded in the sequential order.

As an alternative, an entrepreneur (apart from a person having just rental income) who is not a Slovak VAT payer can opt to deduct lump-sum expenses of 60% (up to yearly amount of EUR 20,000) of income in order to determine the taxable income. In this case, actual business expenses or rental costs are not tax deductible.

Tax bonus for young people on mortgage interest paid

Individuals between 18 and 35 may deduct 50% of the interest paid on mortgage during five years, up to EUR 400 monthly and from maximum base of EUR 50,000 per property. Interest bonus is claimed by individuals whose average monthly income is up to 1.3 times the average monthly salary of employees in the economy.

Tax bonus is replacing the current state aid for young people, which is provided by a 3% reduction of the interest rate (2% reduction subsidised by the state, 1% by a bank).

Provision of meals to employees and tax on employment income

The tax-free amount related to the provision of meals to employees has been changed. As of 1 January 2022, only the employer’s contribution of up to 55% of the value of the meal allowance provided for a business trip lasting 5 to 12 hours, i.e. currently up to EUR 2.81, will be exempt from the employees’ employment income tax, regardless of the form in which the meal is provided.

This means that regardless of whether an employer provides meals via its own canteen, in a canteen of another employer, via a third person, a meal voucher, or a financial meal allowance, the amount of the employer’s meal allowance exceeding EUR 2.81 will be the employee’s taxable income, except for the part of the allowance provided from the employer’s social fund.