Extra child benefit payment for children with extensive care needs

If your child lives at home and needs extensive care, you may qualify for extra financial support under the child benefit scheme. You can get the extra payment if you you have received child benefit at twice the basic rate for a whole year (1 January until 31 December) because your child has extensive care needs. The extra amount is paid once a year.

The amount of the extra financial support

The extra child benefit payment is a fixed amount of €2,200.64 per year. You can only get 1 of these payments, even if you have more than 1 child with extensive care needs.

What are the conditions?

You can get extra financial support if:

  • your child lives at home; and
  • you have received child benefit at twice the basic rate for a whole year (1 January until 31 December) because your child needs extensive care

We also look at your income and whether you had a fiscal partner.

If you are married or in a registered partnership, you are each other’s ‘fiscal partner’. You can also be fiscal partners if you live together.

In order to pay extra financial support under the child benefit scheme, we first have to determine whether you and your partner are ‘fiscal partners’.

If you had a fiscal partner for the entire year, you can get the extra payment if either your or your fiscal partner’s income was €5,072 or less for that year.

If you did not have a fiscal partner or you had a fiscal partner for only part of the year, we will not look at income.

The income we take into account for the extra child benefit payment is different from the ‘total income’ or the ‘registered income’ used by the Belastingdienst. For the extra payment, we look at the following income:

  • wages or benefits from the Netherlands that are taxed minus the ‘reisaftrek’ (commuting allowance). You can find your taxable wages on your annual statement under ‘fiscaal loon’ or ‘loon voor de loonheffing’
  • benefits from the Netherlands that are taxable. You can find this on your annual statement under ‘fiscaal loon’ or ‘loon voor de loonheffing’. If you receive income support (WWB) and you are married, only half of your income support will count as your income. The other half will count as your partner’s income
  • income that is taxable. For example, income from work as a freelancer, home help, performing artist or professional sportsperson
  • profit from your company that is taxable
  • payments you receive from a person’s personal care budget (PGB) because you provide care for that person

Claiming an extra child benefit payment

Answer the questions to find out whether you are entitled to apply for extra financial support under the child benefit scheme for 2020.

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