Toeslagen: Child Tax Credit / Subsidy

November 21, 2010 | NEW TO NL INFO | By Lynn Morrison

The basic costs associated with raising a child (from diapers to food to clothing to books and games) definitely add up! To help offset some of these costs the Dutch government provides a quarterly allowance to parents or care-givers of children under the age of 18. This is called the child-related allowance (kindgebonden budget or kinderbijslag).

HOW MUCH IS THE CHILD-RELATED ALLOWANCE?

The amount of the allowance that you receive depends on the combined income of yourself and your official partner (partner for tax purposes) and the number of children you have under the age of 18. The more children you have, the higher the amount of allowance you can receive. As the children grow older, the amount of the child-related allowance increases. For example, children between the ages of 12-16 qualify for a higher allowance than those younger than 12. Families with high incomes may not qualify for the child-related allowance. You can find out exactly how much allowance you would qualify to receive by using the online calculator available on the subsidies page of the Tax office (Belastingdienst).

WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE CHILD-RELATED ALLOWANCE?

To qualify for the child-related allowance you must be either a citizen of the Netherlands or else have a residency permit to live in the Netherlands from the Immigration and Naturalization Office (IND). You must have one or more children under the age of 18 and be responsible for paying for their costs. There are some special circumstances which can impact your ability to qualify for the child-related allowance, such as living with parents/grandparents, living or working outside of the Netherlands, co-parenting without living together, or living with someone where you both have children from previous relationships. If one of these cases apply to you, it is best to contact the Toeslagen office and discuss your circumstances to see if you qualify.

HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR THE CHILD-RELATED ALLOWANCE?

When you first arrive in the Netherlands, you can submit an application for the child-related allowance. The application can be completed online or via a paper application. The online application is available through the Toeslagen website as a software package that you download. Although it is only available in Dutch, it is relatively simple to use if you have an online translator or dictionary nearby to help you. Paper applications can be requested via phone directly from the Toeslagen office of the Tax Office. The phone number is available on the Toeslagen website. Once you have been approved for the allowance, you do not need to reapply each year. However, you will need to update your application if any of your circumstances change such as number of children, household income, and/or residency in the Netherlands.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS THE APPLICATION?

Once you submit your application it can take up to eight weeks for the Tax Office to respond.

HOW IS THE ALLOWANCE PAID?

If you are approved for more than 60 Euros per year, allowances are paid directly into your bank account once per quarter on the 20th of the month. If you are approved for between 24-60 Euros per year, you will receive a single deposit to cover the entire year in December of the year prior (i.e. December 2009 for 2010 allowance) or as soon as you are approved. Allowances for less than 24 Euros per year are not paid out.

–> Visit the Child-Related Subsidies website

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There are two additional allowances for low income families available through the tax office that are not covered here: the health insurance allowance and the rent allowance. You can find information on them through the Subsidies website. The application process is similar to those of the child and daycare allowances.

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The tax office will deposit all allowances directly into your bank account if you have an account in the Netherlands. For this reason, it is helpful to wait until you have a bank account before applying for the allowances.

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