Allowances

Allowances in the Netherlands

The Dutch tax office (de Belastingdienst) provides allowances to contribute in your costs. There are four different types of allowances which you may be entitled to:

  1. Healthcare allowance;
  2. Rent allowance;
  3. Childcare allowance;
  4. Child-based budget.

 

Frequently asked questions are:

  • Am I entitled to allowances?
  • How much money will I receive from the allowance?
  • Who is my benefit partner?
  • When do I have to apply for allowances?

 

Benefit partner

The Dutch tax office does not only look at your situation, but also at the situation of your benefit partner and your joint situation. If you have a spouse or registered partner, this person will be seen by the Dutch tax office as your benefit partner. If you do not have a spouse or registered partner, a person who you live with at the same address could be your benefit partner.

 

Healthcare allowance (2019)

Healthcare allowance is a contribution in the cost for your health insurance. You have to meet the following criteria to be eligible for healthcare allowance:

  • You are 18 years or older;
  • You (and your benefit partner) have a Dutch health insurance;
  • Your (joint) income is under the limit;
  • The value of your (joint) assets is under the limit;
  • You have the Dutch nationality, the nationality of a EU country or you hold a valid residence permit.

If you are eligible for the healthcare allowance, the maximum is:

  • With benefit partner: €192.- per month;
  • Without benefit partner: €99.- per month.

 

Rent allowance

Rent allowance is a contribution in the cost for a rental house in the Netherlands. You have to meet the following criteria to be eligible for rent allowance:

  • You are 18 years or older;
  • You have a rental agreement;
  • You rent an independent living space;
  • You and your benefit partner or roommate are registered at the same address with the municipality;
  • You (and your benefit partner or roommate) have the Dutch nationality, a EU nationality or a valid residence permit;
  • The rent, your (joint) income and (joint) assets are under the limit.

The amount of rent allowance depends on several factors, amongst others, the rent, the (joint) income, possessions and age.

Childcare allowance

Childcare allowance is a contribution in the costs for childcare or foster parents. You have to meet the following criteria to be eligible for childcare allowance:

  • You (and your benefit partner) both work, are in a reintegration program or following a study or integration course;
  • You receive child benefits, a contribution for foster parenting or you maintain the child to importance;
  • You have a written contract with a child centre or foster parenting agency;
  • You and your child are registered at the same address;
  • You pay a part of the costs for the childcare (the own contribution);
  • Your child does not yet go to secundary education (high school).

However, do take into account that there are certain ‘limitations’. One of these is that you can apply for childcare allowance for a maximum of 230 hours a month and the contribution depends on the number of working hours of the parent(s) and the (joint) income.

 

Child-based budget

The child-based budget is a contribution for parents for the costs of their children. You have to meet the following criteria to be eligible for the child-based budget:

  • You have one or more children under the age of 18;
  • You receive child benefits from the Sociale Verzekeringsbank;
  • You have a Dutch passport, a EU passport or a valid residence permit;
  • Your (joint) income is under the limit;
  • The value of your (joint) assets is under the limit.

 

Applying for allowances

It is reasonably simple to find out whether you are eligible to receive allowances. You can make a concept calculation on www.toeslagen.nl to determine whether you are eligible for allowances. On this website you can also apply for allowances using your DigiD.

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