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Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance

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Applying for Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance

Prerequisites

  • Joint household with the child
    (in addition: recipient(s) and child registered as having their primary residence at the same address)
  • Entitlement to Family Allowance and actual receipt of family allowance for the child
  • Centre of vital interests in Austria
    (This means that you and your family have your permanent residence in Austria and have closer personal and economic ties to Austria than to any other country.)
  • Legal residence in Austria
    Parents and children who are not Austrian citizens also have an entitlement to childcare allowance. This applies to:
    • Citizens of the EU or EEA or Switzerland who have confirmation of their right of domicile (certificate of registration [Anmeldebescheinigung])
    • Third-country nationals with residence permits pursuant to §§ 8 and 9 of the Law on Residence and Settlement in Austria (NAG)
    • Persons who are eligible for asylum
    • Persons eligible for subsidiary protection who are in employment or who are self-employed and who do not receive support from the basic services programme or who are ineligible for such support
  • Confirmation that the medical check-ups stipulated in the Mother-Child-Pass have been carried out
    • Five check-ups of the mother-to-be during pregnancy
    • Five check-ups of the infant after birth
  • Any additional income earned may not exceed the individual limit on additional income (60 percent of the income last earned but at least 16,200 euro per calendar year)
PLEASE NOTE
In the case of parents who are legally resident in Austria pursuant to §§ 8 and 9 of the Law on Residence and Settlement (NAG), childcare allowance will be awarded retroactively to the date of birth, or to the date when the child entered the Republic of Austria (generally speaking from the date of registration of residence). This includes also those months in which the child was not yet able to comply with the criteria for lawful residence pursuant to the Law on Residence and Settlement. However, this only applies if the child was born after a residency permit or asylum was granted to one of the parents. This arrangement for the retroactive payment of childcare allowance also applies in the case of children who have been adopted or fostered within the framework of international adoptions. The allowance will not be granted retroactively if the parent making the application no longer possesses a valid residency permit or fails to meet other criteria for eligibility.

Responsible Authority

Required Documents

  • Copy of the child’s birth certificate
  • In addition, in the case of foreign nationals
    • The passport of the applicant and the child (in the case of newborn infants this can be submitted at a later date) and
    • EEA certificate of registration (Anmeldebescheinigung) of the applicant and the child or
    • Residence permit (NAG card) of the applicant and the child or
    • In the case of claimants who are eligible for asylum the notification that asylum has been granted and the notifications for the child or
    • Notifications refusing asylum applications but granting protection from deportation to applicants eligible for subsidiary protection together with the notifications for the child (if possible evidence of employment and non-entitlement to support from the basic services programme)

The Social Insurance Institution may demand the presentation of additional documents or proofs (e.g. Notification concerning entitlement to Family Allowance, Confirmation of Registration of Primary Residence [Bestätigung der Hauptwohnsitzmeldung] of the mother and/or the father as well as the child). Please make enquiries in this regard to the relevant Social Insurance Institution before making your application.

Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance and Additional Earnings

General Information

Since 1 January 2010 an individual limit on additional earnings of 60 percent of the income last earned has applied to all flat-rate options of all childcare allowances. Additional earnings may amount to at least 16,200 euro in the calendar year.

Repayment

If the limit on additional annual earnings (of at least 16,200 euro) is exceeded, only the amount by which the additional earnings limit was exceeded must be repaid (so-called incremental repayment regulation). The remaining childcare allowance does not have to be repaid.

Waiver

A parent may waive in advance his or her right to draw childcare allowance for entire months in order to avoid exceeding the limit on additional earnings.

Supplement to Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance

Low-income individuals drawing childcare allowance on one of the flat-rate options may apply for a supplement to the childcare allowance.

This supplement amounts to 6,06 euro per day or approximately 181 euro per month.

This supplement is granted for a maximum period of twelve months. Parents may choose when they wish to start receiving the supplement. At the latest payment of the supplement ends when payment of childcare allowance ceases.

Prerequisites

The following groups are entitled to receive the supplement to the flat-rate childcare allowance if they also have an Entitlement to Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance and are on low income (i.e. do not exceed the Additional Earnings Limit for Recipients of the Supplement to the Childcare Allowance):

  • Lone parents, provided they make a binding declaration stating that they are single.
PLEASE NOTE
Lone parents are mothers/fathers who are single, divorced or widowed and who are not cohabiting with a partner; also single mothers/fathers who do not receive child maintenance from a spouse from whom they are separated.
  • Mothers and fathers who are married or cohabiting
  • Adoptive or foster parents subject to the same eligibility requirements as the aforementioned groups

Responsible Authority

The Health Insurance Provider to which you will apply or have applied for childcare allowance

Additional Earnings for Recipients of the Supplement to the Childcare Allowance

General Information

The additional earnings limit for recipients of the Supplement to the Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance is 6,400 euro per calendar year (as of 2014) for the parent drawing childcare allowance.

The additional earnings limit for the spouse or partner is 16,200 euro per calendar year.

The additional earnings limit for the parent drawing the allowance and for their partner is calculated using the same method used to calculate the Additional Earnings Limit for Recipients of Childcare Allowance (see the Childcare Allowance Information Sheet).

If the limit on additional earnings is exceeded by no more than 15 percent, the supplement in the calendar year will be reduced by the amount by which the limit on additional earnings was exceeded (incremental repayment regulation).

If the limit on additional earnings is exceeded by more than 15 percent, the supplement received for the entire calendar year must be repaid to the Social Insurance Institution in full.

In the case of a couple, this means that:

  • If the sum of the income of both parents (or of one parent and his or her partner) does not exceed their limit by more than 15 percent, then only the excess amount has to be repaid
  • Should even only one parent (or his or her partner) exceed his or her limit by more than 15 percent, then the supplement received will be reclaimed in full
  • If one parent (or his or her partner) does not reach the limit on additional earnings, this will have no impact on the repayment demand levied because the other parent (or his or her partner) has exceeded the limit

Waiver of the Supplement to Childcare Allowance

A parent may waive in advance his or her right to draw the supplement to the flat-rate childcare allowance for entire months in order to avoid exceeding the limit on additional earnings applicable to the supplement for flat-rate childcare allowance.

However, before making your waiver you should take into account the incremental repayment regulation for the additional earnings limit applicable to supplements, under which only the amount exceeding the additional earnings limit must be repaid and not the entire amount received in the calendar year, provided that the additional earnings limit was not exceeded by more than 15 percent.

Further information regarding the Declaration of Waiver [Verzicht auf Kinderbetreuungsgeld bzw. Beihilfe – Erklärung] can be found on our website.

PLEASE NOTE
A waiver does not extend the period in which the supplement may be drawn.

Declaration of Waiver of Childcare Allowance and Supplement

General Information

A parent may waive in advance his or her right to receive Childcare Allowance or the Supplement to Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance for entire months.

The possible advantage of this is that income generated during the waiver period will not be taken into account for the purpose of calculating the additional income for the year.

EXAMPLE
If a parent decides not to draw childcare allowance in the month of May, income generated in May will not be counted as additional earnings. As a result, total income will have to be divided by one month less.

Information regarding the possibilities for recipients of childcare allowance (Flat-Rate Options and Income-Related Options) and of the Supplement to earn extra income can be found on our website.

If one parent chooses not to claim childcare allowance or the supplement to flat-rate childcare allowance for any period, it may not be claimed by the other parent. If parents plan to switch their claim roles, an application for childcare allowance must be made in good time. The parent who is drawing the allowance must agree to the switch (if he or she would otherwise continue to receive it due to the period for which it was requested).

PLEASE NOTE
The waiver may be withdrawn at any time. However, a waiver is only possible for complete calendar months and may only be made retroactively for a maximum period of six months.

Deadlines

Claims must be waived in good time before payment is initiated. As childcare allowance is paid retroactively (e.g. payment for May is made at the beginning of June), claims may be waived up until the end of May for example (to be on the safe side, you should make a note of 25 as the latest possible date).

Please contact your Social Insurance Institution to find out the latest possible date for waiving your claim.

Responsible Authority

You must make your waiver to the Social Insurance Institution where you applied for the supplement.

Procedure

You must submit your waiver to the responsible agency. This may be done in writing or electronically (using the Citizens Card [Bürgerkarte] or the Mobile Phone Signature [Handy-Signatur] or via FinanzOnline). The waiver form can be obtained from the agency responsible for dealing with your claim or may be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

The signed and completed waiver declaration must be submitted to the relevant agency or electronically signed and sent off.

It is not necessary to make a new claim for childcare allowance or the supplement to flat-rate childcare allowance once the waiver period has ended. Payments will recommence automatically.

Costs

There is no charge for waiving a claim.

Additional Information

Documents that are needed to calculate the limit on additional earnings must be submitted retroactively. For example, it may be necessary for recipients who are self-employed to provide an interim balance or an interim income-expenditure account for the period in which they do not claim the childcare allowance to prevent them from exceeding the additional earnings limit.

Information regarding the possibilities for recipients of childcare allowance (Flat-Rate Options and Income-Related Options) and of the Supplement to earn extra income can be found on our website.

To the Form

The Childcare Allowance brochure, the declaration regarding the waiver of benefits, the application forms etc. can be downloaded on the pages of the Federal Ministry of Families and Youth.

Last update: 18.05.2016
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