Some of the recipients of a Wajong benefit do not have to pay municipal and water board taxes this year or next.
Residents with an income up to social assistance level do not normally have to pay taxes from municipalities and water boards. But due to the additional increase in the statutory minimum wage and the social assistance standard, a number of Wajongers will have an income that is too high for remission from this year onwards. As a result, this group is losing purchasing power, even though nothing has changed in their situation.
Municipalities, water boards and the National Ombudsman previously raised the alarm about this unintended effect of the government’s purchasing power measures.
Outgoing Minister Carola Schouten (Poverty Policy, Participation and Pensions) has asked municipalities and water boards to exempt this group from these taxes this year and next.
In some cases there will be no remission, for example if a Wajonger has assets. The government is working on a structural solution by 2025.