You are going to start working in the Netherlands
You live in Belgium and will be working in the Netherlands
If you work in the Netherlands exclusively, you will pay tax and national insurance contributions in the Netherlands. You will be insured in the Netherlands for:
- medical expenses
- child benefit
- incapacity for work
- old age pension and survivor benefit
You will therefore receive payments and reimbursements from these insurance schemes from the Netherlands. As an exception, if you get an unemployment benefit, it will be paid by your country of residence, i.e. Belgium.
Family benefits from the Netherlands or Belgium?
Family benefits may include child benefit, child budget, and childcare allowance.
You will get Dutch child benefit if:
- your partner also works in the Netherlands, or
- your partner does not work or receive a pension or benefit.
If your partner works in Belgium, you will get Belgian child benefit. If the Dutch child benefit rate is higher, you will get supplementary Dutch child benefit in addition to the Belgian child benefit so that you receive the child benefit rate that is applicable in the Netherlands.
Child budget is an extra monthly contribution from the government for parents with children under 18. The amount you receive depends on your income. Child allowance is paid by the Dutch Tax Administration (Belastingdienst).
Childcare allowance is paid by the Dutch Tax Administration as a reimbursement for childcare expenses.
As you work in the Netherlands, you should register with a health insurer of your choice. You will then get reimbursement for the costs of medical care in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Reimbursements in Belgium are sometimes higher than in the Netherlands.
If you also wish to stay covered under Belgian health insurance, ask your Dutch health insurer for an S1 form (previously form E106) and register with a Belgian health insurance fund.