The Dutch tax system has been going through quite a big reform lately. To compensate income loss for specific groups of people, the tax administration has introduced several benefits. These benefits can be applied for on the website of the Tax Administration concerning benefits, Toeslagen. (Only available in Dutch).
General tax credit
All employees are entitled to the so-called general tax credit (algemene heffingskorting). This is a credit on your taxation through your employer. For non-working partners it is also possible to receive this tax credit, which can amount to €2007 a year. Main condition is that you are at least 6 months living with a partner who is subject to Dutch taxes and has paid taxes on at least €15.000. The general tax credit is applied through the provisional tax return form, which is available on the Tax Administration website (only available in Dutch).
Rent Benefit - Huurtoeslag
Are you planning to rent a home in The Netherlands? And do you spend a large portion of your income on rent? Then you may be eligible for a subsidy for the rental costs: the rent benefit. Whether you are eligible for the rent benefit depends on, among other things, your age, and living situation. You can apply for the rent benefit at the Tax Administration website. Or read more about rent benefits on the Monetos website.
Childcare Benefit - Kinderopvangtoeslag
Will your children be going to day care after you move to The Netherlands? Then you are most likely eligible for a childcare benefit. This is a subsidy to help cover the costs of childcare. In order to receive a childcare benefit, both you and your benefit partner must be employed or studying. You can also receive the benefit if you are not employed, but your chances of finding work are increased if you follow, for example, a re-integration programme via UWV (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen / Employee Insurance Implementing Body) or the municipality. Furthermore, your child must go to a registered childcare organisation. Do you want to apply for a childcare benefit? You can do this at the Tax Administration website.
Health Care Benefit - Zorgtoeslag
Do you have a Dutch health care insurance? Then you may be eligible for a health care benefit. You must be over 18, have the Dutch nationality, and your income may not be too high. If you do not reside in The Netherlands but work abroad, and you do not have a Dutch health care insurance, you are not eligible for a health care benefit. Would you like to apply for a health care benefit? You can do this at the Tax Administration website. On the website of EURAXESS you can find a guide in English on how to apply.
Child benefit (Income-based) - Kindgebonden budget
Kindertoeslag Will you be residing in The Netherlands and do you have children under the age of 18? Is your income less than € 46.700 per year? Then you are most likely eligible for a child benefit. You are required to receive or start to receive a family allowance. Alternatively, if your child is 16 or 17 years of age, you have to provide the majority of the child's care.
You will receive the child benefit from the Dutch Tax Administration. Applying for a child benefit is usually not necessary. You will automatically receive information if you qualify for a child benefit. However, the Tax Administration does not have sufficient data regarding some groups of society and is therefore not always able to determine automatically who qualifies for a child benefit. If you have not yet received information regarding a child benefit, but you think that you are eligible, you can apply for a child benefit yourself at the Tax Administration website.
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