This month, a letter from the Tax and Customs Administration lands on about 536,000 people.

It calls for filing a tax return for 2020. The reason: probably the recipients can still get money back because they had a part-time job or only worked part of the year.

Five questions about this 'money-back letter'.

Who will receive a letter?


The letter from the Tax Authorities is sent to more than half a million people who did not receive an invitation to file an income tax return in the spring. That is, for example, almost 150,000 letters to young people between the ages of 13 and 21. They have had a part-time job or done holiday work and have probably paid too much payroll tax to the tax authorities through their employer. In addition, 385,000 letters are sent to people aged 22 or older. Even if you have only worked part of the year, have a low pension or have many deductible items, it is possible that the tax authorities still owe you money.

What kind of amounts should you think about?


The tax authorities themselves say that you can earn an average of 150 euros in half an hour.

That may be even more if you also file a tax return for previous years.

You can still complete the income tax return up to five years ago, so up to and including 2016.

"We think that in all these cases there is a money back situation, but you may also have to pay."

Spokesperson for the Tax and Customs Administration

Do you always get money back with this letter, or may you also have to pay?


Unfortunately, it may indeed be the case that you do not get a refund, but that you have to pay tax.

"We think that in all these cases there is a money back situation, but you may also have to pay," said a spokesperson for the Tax Authorities.

You can 'try it out' on the site by entering your details.

"As long as you do not send the data, you will not file a declaration", the website states.

"After you have completed your declaration, you will immediately see the outcome."

See also: Pocket money by walking dogs: should the tax authorities know?

Are you actually obliged to file a tax return?


If you received a tax return letter at the beginning of this year - a blue envelope with the call to file a tax return for 2020 - you are legally obliged to do so. Do you not receive a letter and do you know that you do not have to pay an additional 48 euros or more? Then you do not have to file a declaration. Is that the case? Then declaration is mandatory. Yet that is often difficult to estimate, the Consumers' Association writes on its site. There are, however, a number of guidelines; for example, you are not allowed to earn more than 7,000 euros on which no payroll tax is applied. And even if you have more than 30,000 euros in assets or savings, or two or more jobs, you probably have to pay extra.

When will you receive the money

if you file a tax return now?


"If you file a tax return now, and there are no crazy things, you will probably have the money in your account before the holidays," said the spokesperson for the Tax Authorities.

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