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Childcare benefit contributes to the cost of childcare. As an entrepreneur you are also entitled to this benefit.
Conditions for childcare benefit
If your child is attending a registered childcare centre or creche, you may receive childcare benefit as an entrepreneur, freelancer/self-employed professional if you:
- have profit from business activities
- income from other activities (for instance as a freelancer or artist)
Do you have a partner for benefits (benefit partner) for the Dutch tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst, in Dutch)? You must both work to be eligible for the childcare benefit.
Calculating the childcare benefit
You only receive childcare benefit for the hours you spend on your business. These are, for example, the hours that you spend:
- working and which you charge to your customers;
- attending to your business administration;
- writing quotations or keeping your website updated;
- following courses or training for your business.
Travelling time for commuting purposes are not deemed to be worked hours. You must be able to show proof of the number of hours you work. For example, by recording the number of hours you spend on an assignment.
How much childcare benefit will you receive?
The amount of childcare benefit you receive, depends on your income, the number of children, and the type of childcare. You can perform a test calculation (in Dutch) to determine for how many hours you may be entitled to childcare benefit. You can find the current amounts for child care benefit on the website of the Dutch government (in Dutch).
How to apply for childcare benefit?
You apply for childcare benefit yourself to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, within 3 months after your child starts going to a childcare centre.
Checking and submitting changes in childcare benefit
You should check regularly if your details for the childcare benefit are still accurate. Are there any changes in your situation, for example if something changes in your income, the number of hours you work, or the number of hours your child spends in a childcare centre? You should change your details to make sure you do not receive too much or too little childcare benefit. You can submit changes online with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration or call the Tax Information Line. You can also use the Tax and Customs Administration's Dutch-language childcare benefit app.
Ending the childcare benefit
If you are no longer eligible for childcare benefit, you must inform the Tax and Customs Administration within 4 weeks. You are no longer eligible for childcare benefit if:
- your child no longer attends a childcare centre
- you have stopped working
If there is a change in your income, you must notify the Tax and Customs Administration. You should supply a new estimate of your income.
Childcare benefits affair
Are you in (financial) trouble as a result of the childcare benefits affair (in Dutch)? You are entitled to reparations, for which you can make use of restoration schemes. You can pass on your personal debts to Sociale Banken Nederland (Social Banks the Netherlands, SBN). They will contact your creditors for you and help them making sure the debts will be paid off.
If you are uncertain which steps you need to take, contact the Service Team Childcare Allowance for Affected Parents.