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On this page you will find more information about the different types of benefits and taxes in the Netherlands.
There are many different benefits and taxes in the Netherlands. Benefits are financial allowances for costs. Whether you are entitled to these benefits depends on your personal circumstances. Below you will find more information about the types of benefits.
You need a DigiD (a sort of digital passport) in order to apply for benefits and to settle taxes. This document explains everything in Ukrainian step by step.
Creating a DigiD
To apply for benefits and arrange taxes, you need a DigiD. DigiD stands for Digital Identity. With your DigiD you can show who you are when you want to arrange something with a government organisation on the internet. You can apply for a DigiD yourself. If you need help, ask the municipality where you live and/or refugee work which organisation can support you with this. The DigiD manual will help you create a DigiD.
If you have a citizen service number (BSN), you are covered under the Medical Care for Displaced Persons Regulation (RMO). This means you are insured for medical expenses without having to pay.
In a special situation, you may choose to buy your own health insurance. Sometimes you are then also entitled to healthcare benefit. Healthcare benefit is a contribution to the cost of your health insurance. When applying for this benefit, the amount of your income, your own assets and those of your 'toeslagpartner' (allowance partner) are taken into account. You can apply or find more information through the Dutch tax authorities website. If you need help, ask the municipality where you live and/or VluchtelingenWerk which institution can support you with this.
Rental allowance is an allowance from the government to help pay the rent on your home. You must meet the following conditions to be entitled to rental allowance:
Your income must not be too high You must not earn too much. If you live alone or you live together, the amounts are different. On the website of the Dutch tax authorities you can calculate whether you are entitled to rental allowance. If you have children living at home with an income, their income is partially or fully taken into account when applying for the allowance.
Your rent must not be too high This amount changes slightly every year. You can find what the rent limit is on the website of the Dutch tax authorities. If all tenants younger than 23, the maximum rent is lower, unless you already have a child living with you.
You must have self-contained home A self-contained home at least has its own front door that can be locked, kitchen and toilet. However, you cannot get a rental allowance for all self-contained homes. For example, you cannot get a rental allowance for a houseboat or a recreational home. For some non-self-contained homes, however, you can get a rental allowance.
Your assets (savings) must not be too high You must also not have too many assets, such as savings.