I cannot pay back my benefit in one lump sum

Are you unable to pay back your benefit in one lump sum? Then a repayment arrangement is possible. Two options are possible:

  • You can pay us back in monthly instalments.
  • You can have the amount that you must pay back offset against the benefit that you are currently receiving. This is only possible if this is stated in the letter with the giro payment slip that you received.

Pay in monthly instalments

Pay the first instalment before the payment date. This date is indicated on the letter with the giro payment slip that you received. This states how much you must pay back per month. You may also transfer more than this amount. Ensure that you pay each instalment on time.


Please note!

Paying in instalments is not free: you must pay interest.

Can I offset my debt against the benefit that I currently receive?

Check the letter with the giro payment slip. The front page of this letter states whether you can offset your debt.

Your debt will be automatically offset against your benefit if you do not pay the first instalment on time. After six weeks, you will receive a letter that states that we are offsetting your debt against your benefit. So, you don't have to do anything in this case.

Please note!

Offsetting your debt against your benefit costs money: you must pay interest.

Does offsetting your debt against your income cause it to fall below the minimum subsistence income?

Then you can ask us to account for the protected earnings level. This is the amount of your income that you may keep for your living expenses.

Are you entirely unable to pay the monthly amount?

And are you also unable to have your debt offset against your benefit? Then you may qualify for a personal payment arrangement. Would you like to know whether your situation qualifies? Call the Tax Information Line for Non-resident Tax Issues.

I have to pay back my benefit and do not live in the Netherlands

Even when you live abroad and you have to pay back your benefit, you must do so on time. Are you unable to pay back your benefit in one lump sum? You may then pay us back in instalments. For more information, please refer to the arrangement set out above. Do you not pay on time? We can then request a bailiff from the country where you currently live, to collect the debt.

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