Kwijtschelding/reprieve (local tax subsidy)

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 (which is in Dutch – find a translation here) 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.

Not your first time applying for Kwijtschelding? Then a different process applies – scroll down to find out more.

Online Kwijtschelding Application

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

Applying via Letter

Despite the fact that online applications are less work, the International Student Helpdesk highly recommends that students apply for Kwijtschelding via letter; this is because the online process is relatively new, and thus (unfortunately) less organised. Applying in the traditional manner, with a written letter, will significantly increase your chances of getting Kwijtschelding, and so might be worth the extra hassle (which is not much anyways).

We made a super simple video to help you through this process (see below) but in a nutshell, the steps are the following:

  1. Call the BsGW at 088-8420420 and request a paper application form for Kwijtschelding. The BsGW will then send the form to your known/registered address.
  2. You’ll need to fill out the form that was sent to you (the same form can also be found here), provide them with the necessary documentation and send the letter back to the BsGW.
  3. Your application will then be processed.

And you’re done!

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!

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