Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance
- Applying for Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance
- Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance and Additional Earnings
- Supplement to the Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance
- Additional Earnings for Recipients of the Supplement to the Childcare Allowance
- Declaration of Waiver of Childcare Allowance and Supplement
- 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)
- The Social Insurance Institution from which maternity allowance or temporary help (for farmers and entrepreneurs) is or was received
- Otherwise the Social Insurance Institution at which a parent is (co)-insured or was most recently (co)-insured
- In all other cases: The Regional Health Insurance Fund [Gebietskrankenkasse]
- 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.
- Entitlement to Childcare Allowance in Cross-Border Cases (Federal Ministry of Families and Youth)German text (e.g. for citizens of the EU or EEA or where one parent works in another EU state or the family lives in another EU state)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Mothers and fathers who are married or cohabiting
- Adoptive or foster parents subject to the same eligibility requirements as the aforementioned groups
The Health Insurance Provider to which you will apply or have applied for childcare allowance
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.
- Childcare Allowance Information Sheet (Federal Ministry of Families and Youth)German text
- Supplement to the Childcare Allowance (Federal Ministry of Families and Youth)German text
- The Childcare Allowance Online Calculator of the Federal Ministry of Families and Youth will help you work out how much you are allowed to earn on the basis of your individual situation
- Your Tax Office will be able to provide you with information regarding your tax situation
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.
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).
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.
You must make your waiver to the Social Insurance Institution where you applied for the supplement.
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.
There is no charge for waiving a claim.
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.
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.
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Federal Chancellery – HELP Editorial Staff