Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance for Births from 1 March 2017 Onwards (Childcare Allowance Account) [Kinderbetreuungsgeld-Konto]
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- Additional Earnings
- Supplement and Additional Earnings
- Declaration of Waiver and Premature Termination
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In contrast to income-related childcare allowance, flat-rate childcare allowance (childcare allowance account) can also be drawn by persons who are not or have not been in paid employment or persons who are not or have not been compulsorily insured such as:
- Marginally Employed People
- Joint permanent household with the child
(in addition: recipient(s) and child registered as having their principal residence at the same address)
- Entitlement to Family Allowance and actual receipt of family allowance for the child
(in case of separately living parents also proof of custody and receipt of Family Allowance by the applying parent)
- 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 (registration certificate [Anmeldebescheinigung])
- Third-country nationals with residence permits pursuant to sections 8 and 9 of the Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (NAG) or section 54 of the Asylgesetz 2005
- Persons who are eligible for asylum
- Persons eligible for subsidiary protection who are in employment or who are self-employed and who either do not receive support from the basic services programme [Grundversorgung] or the needsbased minimum benefit system [Mindestsicherung] or 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)
Applications for flat-rate childcare allowance can be filed, at the earliest, on the day of birth of the child. In the case of adopted or foster children the day on which the child is taken into care is the first day on which an application can be filed. As parents can only claim childcare allowance and supplement to flat-rate childcare allowance retroactively for up to 182 days, it is recommended that they apply for childcare allowance immediately after birth in order to avoid losing reference time.
- The Social Insurance Institution from which maternity allowance or temporary help [Betriebshilfe] 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] at which the application for childcare allowance is filed
The required documents for application are as follows (photocopies are sufficient):
- Child's birth certificate
- Mother-Child-Pass check-ups: all five check-ups during pregnancy and the first check-up of the infant after birth
- In the case of applicants or children who are not Austrian citizens: Confirmation of legal residence in Austria pursuant to sections 8 and 9 of the Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (NAG) or section 54 of the Asylgesetz 2005
- In the case of persons who are eligible for asylum: documents (cards)
- In the case of claimants and children who are eligible for asylum: notifications that asylum has been granted
- In the case of persons who are eligible for subsidiary protection: documents (cards)
- In the case of claimants and children who are eligible for subsidiary protection: notifications refusing asylum applications but granting protection from deportation
- In the case of foster parents: proof regarding the foster care
- Proof of foreign family benefits or of family benefits from International Organisations
The Health Insurance Fund [Krankenkasse] may demand the presentation of additional documents or proofs (e.g. notification concerning entitlement to Family Allowance, confirmation of registration of principal residence [Bestätigung der Hauptwohnsitzmeldung] of the mother and/or the father as well as the child). Please make enquiries in this regard at the relevant Health Insurance Fund before making your application.
An individual limit on additional earnings of 60 percent of the income last earned applies to all recipients of flat-rate childcare allowance. Additional earnings may amount to at least 16,200 Euro during a calendar year. There are no monthly limits on additional earnings.
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 and Premature Termination
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.
Furthermore, parents can terminate their right to draw childcare allowance prematurely.
Further information on additional earningsGerman text can be found on the German website at HELP.gv.at. Further information on the declaration of waiver and premature termination can be found further below in this text.
Low-income individuals drawing flat-rate childcare allowance may apply for a supplement to the childcare allowance.
This supplement amounts to 6,06 Euro per day or approximately 181 Euro per month.
It is granted for a maximum period of 365 days irrespective of which account option the parents have chosen. Parents may choose when they wish to start receiving the supplement. Payment of the supplement ends at the latest 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 and that their income is no higher than 6,800 Euro per calendar year
- Mothers and fathers who are married or cohabiting, provided the parent who draws childcare allowance has an income of 6,800 Euro at the most and the other parent has an income of 16,200 Euro at the most per calendar year
- Adoptive or foster parents subject to the same eligibility requirements as the aforementioned groups while receiving flat-rate childcare allowance
The Social Insurance Institution 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 6,800 Euro per calendar year (from 2017 onwards) 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 regarding 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 respective 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 respective calendar year must be repaid to the Social Insurance Institution [Krankenkasse] in full.
In the case of a couple, this means that:
- If both parents' incomes (or the incomes of one parent and his or her partner) do not exceed their respective limit by more than 15 percent, then only the excess amount has to be repaid. In this case both excess amounts are added up.
- 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, 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 can be found further below in this text.
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 generally may not be claimed by the other parent. There is only one exception in the case of parents switching their claim roles for the first time.
Parents can also terminate their right to draw childcare allowance prematurely (or ultimately). In this case a repeated claim is only possible after a new application has been filed and a temporary ban period of one month has expired. The other parent cannot draw the allowance during this prematurely terminated duration of allowance.
Claims must be waived or prematurely terminated in written form 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 or prematurely terminated 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 your declaration.
The Social Insurance Institution where you applied for childcare allowance
A written declaration concerning the waiver or the premature termination must be submitted to the responsible authority. The waiver form can be obtained from the authority responsible for dealing with your claim or may be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
The signed and completed waiver or premature termination declaration must be submitted to the responsible authority.
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. However, in the case of premature termination a repeated claim is only possible after a new application has been filed and a temporary ban period of one month has expired.
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 and for farmers who are not in the lump-sum tax category [nicht pauschaliert] 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. Such proof can only be submitted to the Social Insurance Institution up until the end of the second calendar year following the respective calendar year. After expiration of this period of time the right to provide documents retroactively is forfeited. Audits through tax authorities are carried out later.
- Online Calculator for Births from 1 March 2017 Onwards (BMFJ)German text
- Fact Sheet on Benefits Pursuant to the Kinderbetreuungsgeldgesetz (BMFJ)German text
- Information on Childcare Allowance (BMFJ)German text
- Family Service (BMFJ)German text
- Entitlement to Childcare Allowance in Cross-Border Cases (BMFJ)German text
(e.g. for EU or EEA citizens or in cases where one of the parents works in another EU country or where a family lives in another EU country)
- Supplement to the Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance for Births from 1 March 2017 Onwards (BMFJ)German text
- Fact Sheet on the Supplement (BMFJ)German text
- Additional Earnings and Individual Limits (BMFJ)German text
- Applications for Childcare Allowance
- Declaration of Waiver or Premature Termination
- Supplement to Childcare Allowance – Applications
- Kinderbetreuungsgeldgesetz (KBGG)
- Sections 8 and 9 of the Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (NAG)
- Section 54 of the Asylgesetz 2005 (AsylG 2005)
Federal Chancellery – HELP Editorial Staff