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If you have a child, you can claim child benefit.

The payment of child benefit does not depend on your income. The amount is staggered according to the number of children you have:

  • for the first and second child EUR 219.00 each,
  • for the third child EUR 225.00 and
  • for each additional child EUR 250.00

In principle, you are entitled to child benefit from the birth of your child until the 18th birthday. You may also be entitled to child benefit after that date, but not later than your child's 25th birthday:

  • Children between 18 and 21 years of age: You will get child benefit if
    • your child is not gainfully employed and
    • is registered as a jobseeker.
  • Children between 18 and 25: you get child benefit if
    • your child is in training (school/work/study),
    • your child is in a transitional period lasting a maximum of four months, for example between leaving school and vocational training or a recognised voluntary service.
    • Your child cannot start or continue his/her training because he/she has not found a training place.
    • Your child is doing a recognised voluntary service.
    • If your child has already completed initial vocational training but is still in training, for example, and is working up to 20 hours a week.

If your child has a disability and cannot support himself or herself financially, you are still entitled to child benefit after your child's 25th birthday. However, the disability must have arisen before the child's 25th birthday and must be the reason why the child cannot support himself or herself.

Child benefit will be paid to you if your child lives in your sole household. If the child lives with both parents, you can decide together which of you should receive child benefit.

  • The tax identification number of the child or children,
  • the tax identification number of the parent claiming child benefit, and
  • any additional documents (e.g. birth certificate, proof of the child's school/vocational training, severely disabled person's ID card).

Form: Application for child benefit and child annex

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance necessary: no

Related Links

  • Antrag auf Kindergeld auf der Internetseite der Familienkasse der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
  • Anlage Kind auf der Internetseite der Familienkasse der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
  • Antrag auf Kindergeld für Kinder bei Eintritt der Volljährigkeit auf der Internetseite der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
  • Veränderungsmitteilung zum Kindergeld auf der Internetseite der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
Familienkasse der Bundesagentur für Arbeit

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), Dienststellenfinder

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), Hotline der Familienkasse



Preconditions

Requirements that apply to you as parents:

  • You are subject to unlimited income tax liability in Germany or are assessed as such. This also applies to nationals of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland. A domestic residence is not mandatory.
  • For EU or EEA nationals moving to Germany from August 2019, further requirements apply. In the first 3 months from entry, you must earn domestic income; from the 4th month from entry, the requirements of the Freedom of Movement Act must be met. Citizens of the Union are entitled to freedom of movement if they
    • are self-employed or employed
    • are job-seeking or involuntarily unemployed
    • can derive their right to freedom of movement from a family member
    • have sufficient means of subsistence and adequate health insurance cover, or
    • have acquired a permanent right of residence.
  • You are not a citizen of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, but hold a valid settlement permit or a specific other residence title that entitles you to pursue gainful employment, or
  • You are a legally recognised refugee or entitled to asylum.

Requirements that apply to your child:

  • Your child must be resident or ordinarily resident in Germany or in another EU or EEA state or Switzerland.
  • You may also be entitled to child benefit if your child lives in a household in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, but, for example, you or the other parent is subject to unlimited income tax liability in Germany or is so assessed.

Hints

The responsible family benefits office checks at certain intervals whether you still meet the requirements for child benefit entitlement.

Related Links

  • § 32 Einkommensteuergesetz (EStG)
  • §§ 62 ff. Einkommensteuergesetz (EStG)

Related Links

  • Weitere Informationen zum Kindergeld auf der Internetseite Familienkasse der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
  • Antrag auf erneute Mitteilung Ihrer steuerlichen Informationsnummer auf der Internetseite des Bundeszentralamts für Steuern
  • Informationen zum Kindergeld für Menschen im oder aus dem Ausland auf der Internetseite der Familienkasse der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
  • Informationen zum Kindergeld in grenzüberschreitenden Fällen
  • Informationen zum Kindergeld für Staatsangehörige Bosniens, des Kosovo, Montenegros, Serbiens
  • Informationen zum Kindergeld für Staatsangehörige der Türkei
  • Informationen zum Kindergeld für Staatsangehörige Marokkos
  • Informationen zum Kindergeld für Staatsangehörige Tunesiens

You must apply for child benefit in writing.

If you want to submit the application online:

  • Go to the Familienkasse website, select the appropriate section for them and follow the instructions.
  • Submit the required documents by post.
  • The Familienkasse will inform you by mail whether you are entitled to child benefit.
  • If your application is approved, the Familienkasse will pay you the child benefit each month.
  • If you work in the public sector or receive a pension, you may receive child benefit from your employer or employer's employer, unless the employer has waived its special responsibility. In this case, you must also submit your claim to your employer.

If you wish to apply in writing by mail:

  • Please use the forms for your application that you can obtain from your competent family benefits office or on the Internet at www.familienkasse.de. You can also complete the application online.
  • Send the signed application by post to the family benefits office responsible for you.
  • The Familienkasse will inform you by post whether you are entitled to child benefit.
  • If your application is approved, the Familienkasse will pay you the child benefit each month.
  • If you work in the public sector or receive pension benefits, you may receive child benefit from your employer or employer's employer, unless the employer has waived its special responsibility.
  • You must inform your family benefits office immediately if there are any changes that could affect your child benefit (e.g. if your child drops out of school, or if you or another parent starts working abroad).

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Last update or date of publication
10.05.2021