I want to apply for a benefit
Check how and when to apply for a benefit.
How to apply for a benefit?
You can also call the Tax Information Line. They can make an appointment for you at a tax office or refer you to a benefits service point. Here, they will help you with your application.
Citizen service number
If you apply for a benefit, you must have a citizen service number (burgerservicenummer or bsn). You will receive this number if you register with the municipality. You must have a citizen service number for your child as well.
My benefit partner lives abroad
Does your benefit partner live abroad? For example, because you do seasonal work? To be able to apply for benefits, you both need a citizen service number (bsn). Please call the Tax Information Line for more information. Or visit Burgerservicenummer als u, uw partner of uw kind buiten Nederland woont (information in Dutch only).
What is the deadline for applying for a benefit?
You can apply for the healthcare benefit, rent benefit and supplementary child benefit for a certain year up to 1 September of the following year. You may, for example, apply for a benefit for 2024 until 1 September 2025, and you can apply for a benefit for 2023 until 1 September 2024.
Do you file an income tax return in the Netherlands and are you granted a postponement for filing the income tax? In that case, you can still apply for a benefit until the end of the postponement period.
Apply once for a benefit
You only need to apply for a benefit once. As long as you meet the conditions, the benefit will be paid to you each year. However, you should notify us of any changes in your situation. Or discontinue the benefit if you are no longer entitled to it.