As a student living in Maastricht, or elsewhere in the Netherlands, you
will be confronted with a variety of tax obligations. However, being a
student, there are a number of ways in which you can apply for tax
remissions, depending on your income and financial status. From 2014 you
will receive the City Taxes and Water Taxes on a single tax bill from
BsGW (‘Belasting samenwerking Gemeenten en Waterschappen Limburg’).
City Taxes (‘Gemeentelijke Belastingen’) and Water Taxes (‘Waterschapsheffingen’):
Once a year (mostly in the last week of February or the first week of
March) BsGW will send all inhabitants of Maastricht a bill for the city
taxes and water taxes. The city taxes are raised to pay for your use of
the sewage system and the garbage collection every week:
- Real estate tax (only applicable if you own a house), indicated on
the bill as OZB
- Sewage tax, indicated on the bill as RIOG
- Garbage tax, indicated on the bill as AFV
- Dog tax (only applicable if you own a dog), indicated on the bill as
The water taxes are raised to compensate your water pollution, e.g. when
you use the shower, toilet and do the dishes.
If you encounter any questions about your tax bill you can check the
website of BsGW: www.bsgw.nl or stop by our office at the
Wilhelminasingel, make sure you bring your tax bill with you.