You would like to apply for parental allowance? Here you can find out how parental allowance is calculated.
If you have applied for parental allowance, the amount of the parental allowance will be calculated by the responsible parental allowance office.
The parental allowance is based on the average monthly net income available to the parent providing care in the relevant assessment period before the birth. The relevant assessment period for non-self-employed persons is the last 12 months before the birth, for self-employed persons (and mixed income) the last assessment period (calendar year) before the birth.
The following months are not taken into account
Instead of these months, months further back are taken as a basis in the case of non-self-employed persons. In the case of self-employed persons and in the case of mixed income, the previous tax assessment period (or the profit determination periods on which this is based) is decisive upon application.
A maximum of EUR 2,770 is taken into account as the average monthly net income before the birth of your child.
To determine the relevant net income, the following is required as proof of income:
Other payments (especially one-time payments) and tax-free income are not considered as income.
Deductions for taxes and social security contributions are calculated on a flat-rate basis. In addition, a lump sum of EUR 83.33 is deducted each month for work-related expenses.
Amount of the basic parental allowance:
Claimants receive a minimum of EUR 300.00 and a maximum of EUR 1,800.
As a basic parental allowance, you normally receive 65 percent of the net income you had before the birth and which ceases after the birth. This means:
Amount of ElterngeldPlus:
The amount of ElterngeldPlus is calculated in the same way as the basic parental allowance.
You receive parental allowance for twice as long, but at most half of the full basic parental allowance.
Sibling bonus and multiple child supplement:
You receive a sibling bonus in addition to the calculated parental allowance if and as long as an older sibling under age three or two older siblings under age six live in the household with you. The sibling bonus amounts to 10 percent of the parental allowance to which you are entitled, at least EUR 75.00 per month if you receive basic parental allowance, and at least EUR 37.50 per month if you receive ElterngeldPlus.
In the case of multiple births, the parental allowance increases by EUR 300.00 for each additional multiple child in the case of basic parental allowance (by EUR 150.00 in the case of ElterngeldPlus).
Tip: As an aid to planning and calculation, you can use the parental allowance calculator of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs. You can find the link for the parental allowance calculator under "Further information" - "Where can I find out more".
The statements of account may also be submitted as copies.
If you have applied for parental allowance, the responsible parental allowance office will calculate the amount of parental allowance.
You can find out how to apply for parental allowance under "Further information" - "Where can I find out more" - "Apply for parental allowance".
Benefits are granted at the earliest from birth and retroactively for no more than the last 3 months of life before the month of application.
Parents can receive parental allowance from the day of birth until the child reaches the age of 14 months.
Parents of particularly prematurely born children receive additional parental allowance months for births after 01.09.2021.
If children are taken into the household with the aim of adoption, the 14-month period begins on the day the household is taken in. (Not with the date of birth and also not with the date of recognition of the adoption). Entitlement ceases once the child reaches the age of eight.
If the documents are complete, usually 5-7 weeks.
There are no costs involved.
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Last update at 08.09.2023