kwijtschelding/reprieve (BsGW)

Once a year every household in Maastricht will be asked to pay municipal taxes by the BsGW (municipal tax office). These taxes are put toward the house’s sewage system and trash collection. The bill is sent to the person that has been registered at the house’s address for the longest but, nevertheless, it should be paid equally by all residents of the property. If you qualify as ‘poor’, which indeed most students do, then you may be eligible for a tax exemption.

Please bear in mind that you cannot have more than 1400€ on any of your bank accounts and that you may not be in possession of a car.

Below, those who are applying for Kwijtschelding for the first time will find a dedicated guidance document that will take you through filing a request step-by-step, and hopefully help save you a lot of money.

Not your first time applying for Kwijtschelding? Read on to find out more…

Re-applying for Kwijtschelding

Those who have applied for Kwijtschelding in previous years will have to follow a different process, which mostly involves uploading the relevant documents to prove your low-income status. Follow the process until Step 5 of the guidance document below, until you see the heading ‘Aanvullend bewijs inkomen’, where you will have to upload the following:

  • Proof of income (e.g. payslips) for the last three months for you and/or your potential partner
  • Health insurance policy in the Netherlands (if any)
  • House/flat/studio rental contract
  • Proof of received or paid alimony (if any)
  • Proof of having a debt payment agreement with the Dutch Tax Office

When you are done, choose ‘Uw aanvraag controleren’, and then ‘Uw aanvraag afronden’ to confirm your application. You’ll have to wait 12 weeks for your application to be processed, but on the bright side, during that time your payment obligations will be suspended!

Lastly, it is possible to apply for a Kwijtschelding application form over the phone. We made a super simple video to help you through this process. Watch below!

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