Dutch Child Benefit
The Dutch Child Benefit – not to be confused for Ducth Childcare Allowance – is money from the Dutch government paid towards the expenses of raising a child. If you live or work in the Netherlands and you have a child you are eligible to receive this benefit.
Can you get Dutch child benefit?
If you have children up to 18 years old, the government will help you with the costs of bringing them up and caring for them. This financial support is called child benefit (kinderbijslag). The rules on who qualifies for the child benefit and how much child benefit will be paid are set down in the National Child Benefits Act (AKW).
You can get the child benefit if the following applies:
You qualify for the child benefit if you for bring-up and care for a child of your own, but also:
- an adopted child;
- a foster child;
- a stepchild;
- another child you bring-up and care for as if it were your own child
The amount of the child benefit
The amount of your child benefit depends on your child’s age. Children aged 6 and over qualify for a higher child benefit rate. The child benefit will increase again when your child turns 12. If your child does not live at home with you, for example, because he or she is handicapped, you may face high expenses. In such cases, child benefit may be payable at twice the basic rate.
Receiving child benefit
Child benefit is paid on a quarterly basis, i.e. every three months. The first payment you will receive will be for the next quarter after your child’s birthday. In other words, your child benefit will start in January, April, July or October. The SVB (Social Security Bank) pays child benefit after the end of each quarter.
However, if you adopt a child or if you have just come to live in the Netherlands, your child benefit may start at a different time.
Child or children under 18, you will get Dutch child benefit. Dutch child benefit is paid by the SVB.
How to claim child benefit
It is very easy to claim child benefit for children who are born in the Netherlands. When your first child is born, and you register the birth with your local authorities (gemeente / city hall), they will inform us of the birth of your child. We will then send you a claim form within 2-4 weeks.
Child benefit adjusted automatically when further children are born
If you are receiving child benefit and a further child is born to you in the Netherlands, you do not need to do anything. We will adjust your child benefit automatically. You will be sent a letter stating the new amount. If you live outside the Netherlands when your child is born, you must inform us of the birth of your child.
When must you report the birth of your child to us yourself?
You must inform us of the birth of your child yourself if you:
- do not live in the Netherlands;
- come to live or work in the Netherlands with one or more children;
- adopt a child;
- do not report the birth of your child to your local authorities within one month
If you contact the SVB, they will send you a claim form straight away.
Claiming child benefit: via the internet or by post
You can submit a claim via the internet or by post. If you claim child benefit via the internet, you will be informed about your child benefit sooner.
How much child benefit will you get?
The amount of your child benefit depends on the age of your child. You will get a higher amount when your child turns 6. The child benefit will increase again when your child turns 12. The amounts are adjusted every year.
Child benefit at twice the basic rate if you have high expenses
If your child does not live with you, for example, because he or she is disabled, and you are faced with high expenses, you may be eligible for child benefit at twice the basic rate. You can read more about this under ‘your child is leaving home (temporarily)’.
Higher amount for children born before 1995
The amount of child benefit paid for children born before 1 January 1995 depends on the number of children you get child benefit for. The more children for whom you get child benefit, the higher the amount will be for your children born before 1995.
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