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. Make sure that you pay the bill on time to avoid further ‘reminder’ fees. Maastricht University provides some more useful information on the subject. If you qualify as ‘poor’, which indeed most students do, then you may qualify for a tax exemption. Please bare in mind that you cannot have more than 1500€ on any of your bank accounts and that you may not be in possession of a car. Our guidance document will help you file your request and hopefully save you a lot of money.

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