The Dutch government provides several kinds of financial contributions for citizens and residents in the Netherlands, mostly via the Belastingdienst (Dutch tax office). The benefit (toeslagen) system is designed to support people on low incomes by helping them cover basic living costs such as rent, health insurance, childcare and raising children.
Below is an overview of the different benefit schemes. The amount you receive for each benefit depends on your specific circumstances.
The most common Dutch benefits & allowances
Here are the most common allowances you can receive in the Netherlands:
Healthcare allowance (Zorgtoeslag)
Rent benefit (Huurtoeslag)
There are several types of child benefits in the Netherlands:
Children’s allowance (kinderbijslag)
The children's allowance (kinderbijslag) is meant to help cover the costs of raising children.
Child benefit (kindgebonden budget)
The child benefit (kindgebonden budget) is meant to cover costs such as children’s clothing, food and school expenses.
Childcare benefit (kinderopvangtoeslag)
If you are a working parent, you might be interested in the childcare benefit (kinderopvangtoeslag). This benefit covers part of your childcare costs and is calculated on an hourly basis.
Unemployment benefit (WW uitkering)
Dutch tax benefits
Additionally, there are two tax breaks that many expats could be eligible for:
General tax credit (algemene heffingskorting)
The general tax credit (algemene heffingskorting) is a tax break on your income tax. The amount you are entitled to depends on your income level.
Labour tax credit (arbeidskorting)
Every working person in the Netherlands is entitled to receive the labour tax credit (arbeidskorting or loonheffingskorting).