Am I entitled to receive Dutch or German child benefits?

In the Netherlands, we have three kinds of grants: child allowance (kinderbijslag), supplementary child allowance (kindgebonden budget) and childcare allowance (kinderopvangtoeslag).

In Germany, a child allowance is granted. You might be entitled to child-related benefits in both countries, or the benefits are offset against each other.

Netherlands: Child allowance

Whether you are entitled or not to receive this allowance depends among other things on where you and the other parent of the child live and work. The Dutch child allowance is paid by the Social Security Institution (SVB). In any case, if you work abroad, always contact both the Dutch Social Security Institution (SVB): www.svb.nl and the German Family Benefits Office of the Federal Employment Agency: www.arbeitsagentur.de.

Netherlands: Supplementary child allowance and childcare allowance

If you are employed in the Netherlands, you may be entitled to receive supplementary child allowance and a childcare allowance. These benefits are paid by the tax authority. That is also where you have to apply for them. If you are employed in Germany, you must inform the tax authority accordingly. In that case, you may lose your entitlement to child-related benefits from the Netherlands.

Germany: Child allowance

Whether you are entitled or not to receive this allowance depends among other things on where you and the other parent of the child live and work. In Germany, the child allowance is paid by the Family Benefits Office of the Federal Employment Agency. In any case, if you work abroad, always contact both the Dutch Social Security Institution (SVB): www.svb.nl and the German Family Benefits Office of the Federal Employment Agency: www.arbeitsagentur.de.

(Source: www.startpuntgrensarbeid.nl).