Tax Information for Parents:
All families where both parents are working in The Netherlands are eligible to receive financial support from the Dutch Government to help with the cost of childcare. It is available to parents working in The Netherlands irrespective of nationality, income or the type of day-care centre they choose to use.
This is called the Dutch childcare allowance and parents can receive up to 80% of their costs back from the taxman. . This includes tax-exempt Diplomats and employees of International Organizations (see Protocol Guides below).
Parents using formal childcare (day-care centres) are entitled to the childcare allowance. There is also no minimum income required. Even if one parent is studying, the other is working and if they have children between the ages 0 - 12 years - they are eligible to receive this allowance to assist with their childcare costs.
Basically the various conditions are as follows:
1. Both parents are legally employed during the fiscal year or one parent is working and the other studies;
2. The applicant parent is working legally in The Netherlands and their spouse or partner (if living at the same address as the applicant parent) works in the European Union;
3. Single parent families also qualify to receive the allowance;
4. Your child needs to be attending a registered day-care or after-school centre.
Say for instance that you and your partner work and earn €40 000 per annum in 2011. Your children attend a creche three days a week and your hourly rate at the creche is €6,85. That would be:
3 days of 11 hours = 143 hours per month x €6,85 = €979,55 per month per child = € 1959,10
Your income = €40 000 per annum gross
Childcare allowance based on the above: €1537,95 per month
Difference: € 421,15 (This is the only amount you will pay in a month and already includes our fee of € 50 a month)
Essentially the only information GlobalParentz requires in order to claim the childcare allowance is Sofi numbers for all family members and the aggregated annual family income.
The application takes approximately 6 weeks but GlobalParentz will carry the costs of the childcare until the allowance is received, Once the parents have agreed to work through GlobalParentz we will pay the monthly childcare costs to the creche on behalf of the family, claim the childcare allowance and the parents only pay the difference (as mentioned in the example above). We are able to back-claim all childcare allowance for the months in which the children had childcare. This is paid in a lump sum to the parents once the Tax Office has paid this to GlobalParentz.
There are no specific statistics on the percentage of working parents who make use of the allowance. However, all Dutch parents make use of this benefit to assist them with their childcare costs.
Essentially the childcare allowance is received monthly in advance, but as I mentioned parents are able to back-claim the allowance in months that they haven't claimed.
More money… Other allowances that parents are able to receive are indeed the kinderbijslag (the child benefit) This is received monthly from the SVB (Social security bank). Although this amount is not as nominal as the childcare allowance ALL parents living in the Netherlands, whether employed or not, are elligible to receive this benefit. GlobalParentz does assist our clients in applying for this benefit, no fees charged for this service.
Many international parents battle to find a suitable creche for their children, simply because of the language barriers and long waiting lists. GlobalParentz can assist international parents in their search.
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