Understanding your debt

The Danish Debt Collection Agency (Gældsstyrelsen) may offset any refund that you are due from the public authorities, such as a tax refund, against your debt. This is based on the information about your debt provided by your creditor. Your creditor is the public authority to whom you owe money.

When a creditor transfers your debt to the Debt Collection Agency, we receive various information about your debt, the amount of money you owe, the period, when the debt was established, when it should have been paid and the final due date.  We use this information to describe your debt in notifications or decisions about offsetting your debt against something else. We also use the information to check if the final due date of the debt has occurred before we offset any refunds against your debt.

Some claims may be registered with one or more dates that do not correspond with the description in the notification or decision from the Debt Collection Agency. These include the dates that relate to when the debt was established, the period, the due date and the final due date.

Please see the following list of types of debt where we know that the dates registered differ from the dates in our written notifications and decisions. For each type of claim you can see what the dates represent.

In those cases where the final due date is not correct, you will be able to see why the Debt Collection Agency has assessed that the condition for repayment maturity for offsetting has been met.

Please see our legal guide (in Danish) for further legal information.