Child benefit changes 2018 and 2019

You are probably entitled to child benefit. What does the child benefit 2018 and 2019 look like, what are the new conditions, changes and amounts for the child benefit from 1 January 2018, 1 July 2018 and in 2019? You may be entitled to double the child benefit. How much can a child earn without being charged to the child benefit? Child benefit is not income-dependent. Child benefit will increase in 2019 compared to 2018.

Child benefit 2018 and 2019

If your child is younger than 18, you may be eligible for child benefit in 2018 and 2019. The amount of child benefit is not income-dependent, but depends on the age of your child. In addition, the General Child Benefit Act AKW distinguishes three ages:
  • Younger than 6 years.
  • 6 years or older, but younger than 12 years.
  • 12 years and older, but younger than 18 years.

Children in the 12 to 17 age group receive the highest child benefit. The amounts for 2018 are as follows, slightly higher than in 2017:

Child benefit 2018 for children born on or after January 1, 2000, amounts per quarter

Age0 to 5 years old6 to 11 years old12 to 17 years old
How much child benefit per child January 1, 2018Ђ 201,05Ђ 244,13Ђ 287,21

A condition is that the child belongs to your household or that you maintain it sufficiently (at least Ђ 416 per quarter). The child benefit is paid afterwards. If a child becomes older than 18 during a quarter, you will still receive child benefit for that quarter, but not the following quarter.
For the 2019 child benefit, the government proposes the following increases from 1 January 2019:
  • The budget for child benefit is structurally increased by approximately € 250 million.
  • For the 12 to 17 year olds category, this means an increase of € 108.12 per child on an annual basis, or € 27.03 per quarter per child. This also affects the younger children (Ђ 18.92 extra or Ђ22.97 more per child per quarter).

Child benefit 2019 for children born on or after January 1, 2001, amounts per quarter

Age0 to 5 years old6 to 11 years old12 to 17 years old
How much child benefit per child January 1, 2019Ђ 219,97Ђ 267,10Ђ 314,24

For whom do you receive child benefit?

If you meet the other conditions, you can get child benefit for:
  • Your own child.
  • Adopted children.
  • A foster child.
  • A stepchild.
  • Another child that you raise and care for as you would raise and care for your own children.

The indexation of child benefits as of January 1 and July 1, 2018

The general rule is that the amount of the child benefit is adjusted when prices rise. The starting point is the development of the consumer price index. If this increases, an adjustment can take place on January 1 and July 1 of a year. The amounts are then increased if the consumer price index gives cause for this.

Payment per quarter by SVB

The child benefit is paid quarterly by the Social Insurance Bank to the entitled parent. For the age, the age of a child applies on the first day of a quarter. If it is a child's birthday in the quarter in question, that may affect the payout one quarter later:
  • If a child reaches the age of 18, the child benefit will lapse in the new quarter.
  • If a child turns six or twelve, you will receive more child benefit for your child in the new quarter.

This also means that if a child is born in a quarter other than on the first day of the quarter, the first child benefit is paid out a quarter later.

Child benefit and student finance

As soon as a child receives a student loan, the child benefit will be stopped in the next quarter. If student finance and child benefit are received at the same time because the study has not been passed on, the child benefit will be reclaimed.

How much can a child earn without losing child benefit?

A child may earn a maximum of Ђ 1,285 net per quarter per quarter without this having consequences for the child benefit. If more is earned in a quarter, the child benefit will lapse for that quarter. Summer work during the summer holidays gives you the opportunity to earn up to Ђ 1,319 extra with impunity.

Reasons for stopping child benefit

The extra earnings or study financing can be a reason to stop the child benefit in a quarter. Some other reasons are:
  • Your child leaves the parental home and you contribute less than Ђ 416 per quarter to the child's living expenses.
  • You are going to live or work outside the Netherlands.
  • The child is going to live abroad.
  • The child is sixteen or seventeen years old but does not attend school during the day to obtain a basic qualification and is not exempted from it in accordance with the Compulsory Education Act 1969.
  • The child dies.

Request double child benefit

A double child benefit is for a child who no longer belongs to his own household in connection with:
  • Sickness or defects of the child.
  • Following education or vocational training by the child.

A double child benefit is also possible for a child aged three years and older who does belong to your household and who is dependent on intensive care. Under certain conditions, if you are entitled to a double child benefit in a calendar year, you are also entitled to an additional amount of child benefit in excess of Ђ 2,000 per year. You must apply for this yourself. The extra child benefit of more than 2,000 euros is income dependent.

Payment days 2018

The SVB transfers the child benefit to your account on the following dates:
  • January 2, 2018: child benefit for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • 2 April 2018: child benefit for the first quarter of 2018.
  • 2 July 2018: child benefit for the second quarter of 2018.
  • 1 October 2018: child benefit for the third quarter of 2018.

Payment days 2019

The SVB transfers the child benefit to your account on the following dates:
  • January 2, 2019: child benefit for the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • 1 April 2019: child benefit for the first quarter of 2019.
  • July 1, 2019: child benefit for the second quarter of 2019.
  • 1 October 2019: child benefit for the third quarter of 2019.

Conclusion of child benefits 2018 and 2019

Child benefit is also a non-income-related instrument in 2018 and 2019 to help you provide for the cost of living of a child up to and including 17 years of age. So make use of this supplement.

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