AOW pension

Exceptions: when will you be able to get a supplementary allowance again?

If your partner's income exceeds the limit for no more than 3 months

If your partner's income exceeds the limit for payment of a supplementary allowance for no more than three months and then drops below the limit again, you can get a supplementary allowance again. The applicable income limits are:

  • € 1,473.17 gross per month for income from work
  • € 818.55 gross per month for other income

If your partner's income exceeds the limit for more than 3 months due to unrelated one-off increases

If your partner's income exceeds the limit for payment of a supplementary allowance for more than three months due to a succession of unrelated one-off increases and then drops to the usual amount again, you can get a supplementary allowance again.

Examples of one-off increases:

  • working extra hours for more than 3 months in a row
  • arrears payments
  • end-of-year bonus
  • bonus

If your partner has varying income

If your partner has an employment contract with flexible hours or a flexible component resulting in a varying income, and the income exceeds the limit for payment of the supplementary allowance for more than three months, you can get a supplementary allowance again if the income drops below the limit again within 12 months. This involves the following types of contract: 

  • on-call contracts without a fixed number of hours (on-call contracts involving a preparatory agreement, zero-hours contracts, minimum/maximum-hours contracts)
  • contracts for seasonal work
  • contracts with supplements varying per period
  • contracts on a commission basis

If your partner is self-employed or a freelancer

If your partner's profit or result from self-employment or freelance activities over the past year was too high for a supplementary allowance to be paid, the supplementary allowance will be stopped permanently.

You may be able to receive an AIO supplement

If you live in the Netherlands, do not receive a full AOW pension, and have little or no income apart from your AOW pension, you may qualify for a supplement on top of your pension: the AIO supplement.