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A skat su guide: What you need to know about taxes and student grants


A Skat Su: What You Need to Know About SU and Taxes in Denmark




If you are a student in Denmark, you may have heard of the terms SU and skat. But what do they mean, and how do they affect you? In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about SU and taxes in Denmark, from how to get SU, how to pay skat of your SU, and how to manage your income and expenses. By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of your rights and obligations as a student in Denmark.




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Introduction




What is SU?




SU stands for Statens Uddannelsesstøtte, which means State Educational Support in English. It is a financial aid that the Danish government provides to students who are enrolled in an eligible education program in Denmark or abroad. The purpose of SU is to help students cover their living expenses while they study.


What is skat?




Skat is the Danish word for tax. It refers to the amount of money that you have to pay to the Danish government based on your income and expenses. Skat also includes other fees and charges that you may have to pay, such as TV license, property tax, vehicle tax, etc.


Why is this topic important?




This topic is important because SU and skat are closely related. Your SU is considered as taxable income, which means that you have to pay skat of your SU. However, you may also be entitled to some deductions and allowances that can reduce your taxable income and skat. Therefore, it is essential that you understand how SU and skat work, so that you can avoid paying too much or too little skat.


How to get SU




Eligibility criteria




To be eligible for SU, you must meet certain criteria depending on your age, nationality, education program, study progress, etc. Some of the general criteria are:


  • You must be at least 18 years old.



  • You must be enrolled in an eligible education program that lasts at least 18 months.



  • You must be a Danish citizen or have a permanent residence permit in Denmark.



  • You must not receive any other public support or benefits.



  • You must meet the study activity requirements.



For more specific criteria and exceptions, you can check the official website of SU at .


Application process




To apply for SU, you need to follow these steps:


  • Create a digital signature (NemID) at .



  • Log in to with your NemID.



  • Fill out the online application form with your personal and educational information.



  • Submit the application form and wait for the confirmation email.



  • If approved, you will receive your SU every month at the end of the month.



You can apply for SU up to one month before the start of your education program, and you can change or cancel your SU at any time. You can also check the status of your SU and your payments on .


[SU og skat - Skat.dk](^1^): This is a page from the Danish tax authority that explains how to deal with taxes when you receive student grants (SU) in Denmark. It covers topics such as how to adjust your tax card, how much you can earn beside your SU, and what to do when you stop receiving SU.


[Økonomi og SU - su.dk](^2^): This is a page from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science that answers some frequently asked questions about SU and finances. It covers topics such as how to pay tax on your SU, how much you can earn beside your SU, and which incomes count towards your free allowance (fribeløb).


[Skat - su.dk](^3^): This is another page from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science that provides more information about taxes and SU. It explains that you do not pay labor market contributions (arbejdsmarkedsbidrag) or ATP (a pension scheme) on your SU, and how to change your tax card if needed.


Types and amounts of SU




There are two main types of SU: SU grant and SU loan. The SU grant is the amount of money that you receive for free, while the SU loan is the amount of money that you can borrow at a low interest rate. You can choose to receive only the SU grant, or a combination of the SU grant and the SU loan.


The amount of SU that you can receive depends on several factors, such as your age, your education program, your living situation, etc. The table below shows some examples of the monthly amounts of SU for different scenarios in 2023:



Scenario


SU grant


SU loan


Total SU


You are under 20 years old and live with your parents.


1,020 DKK


3,174 DKK


4,194 DKK


You are over 20 years old and live alone.


6,388 DKK


3,174 DKK


9,562 DKK


You are over 20 years old and live with your spouse or partner.


5,598 DKK


3,174 DKK


8,772 DKK


You are over 20 years old and have a child.


8,578 DKK


3,174 DKK


11,752 DKK


You are studying abroad in an EU/EEA country.


6,388 DKK


4,261 DKK


10,649 DKK


You are studying abroad in a non-EU/EEA country.


6,388 DKK


7,348 DKK


13,736 DKK


  • Submit the form and wait for the confirmation email.



  • If approved, you will receive your final tax assessment by mail or online.



You can report your income and expenses to skat from March to May every year, but it is recommended that you do it as soon as possible after you receive your annual statement.


How to get a refund or pay extra skat




If you have paid too much or too little skat during the year, you will either get a refund or have to pay extra skat at the end of the year. This is determined by your final tax assessment, which shows the difference between your actual skat and your paid skat. To get a refund or pay extra skat, you need to follow these steps:


  • If you get a refund, you will receive the money in your bank account within a few weeks after you receive your final tax assessment. You don't have to do anything else.



  • If you have to pay extra skat, you will receive a payment slip by mail or online. You have to pay the amount by the deadline indicated on the slip, which is usually in July. You can pay online or at a bank.



If you have any questions or problems with your refund or payment, you can contact skat at or call them at 72 22 18 18.


Conclusion




In this article, we have covered everything you need to know about SU and taxes in Denmark. We have explained what SU and skat are, how to get SU, how to pay skat of your SU, and how to manage your income and expenses. We hope that this article has been helpful and informative for you. If you have any further questions or doubts, you can visit the official websites of SU and skat at , or contact them directly.


FAQs




What is the difference between SU grant and SU loan?




The SU grant is the amount of money that you receive for free from the Danish government, while the SU loan is the amount of money that you can borrow at a low interest rate. You can choose to receive only the SU grant, or a combination of the SU grant and the SU loan.


How do I change my address or bank account for my SU?




To change your address or bank account for your SU, you need to log in to with your NemID, go to the section "Mine oplysninger" and click on "Ret adresse" or "Ret bankkonto". Then, make the necessary changes and submit the form.


Can I get SU if I study abroad?




Yes, you can get SU if you study abroad in an EU/EEA country or a non-EU/EEA country that has an agreement with Denmark. However, you have to meet some additional criteria, such as having a strong connection to Denmark, having an approved education program, having sufficient funds for your stay, etc. You can check the specific criteria and apply for SU abroad on .


What happens if I don't pay my skat on time?




If you don't pay your skat on time, you may face some consequences, such as interest charges, penalties, reminders, debt collection, etc. Therefore, it is important that you pay your skat by the deadline indicated on your payment slip or on .


How do I check my skat balance?




To check your skat balance, you need to log in to with your NemID, go to the section "Skatteoplysninger" and click on "Se saldo". Then, you will see how much skat you have paid and how much skat you have left to pay.


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