(Deutsch) Alles was Du über das neue ElterngeldPlus wissen musst – Arten, Höhe, Berechnungsgrundlage und Co.

(Deutsch) Alles was Du über das neue ElterngeldPlus wissen musst – Arten, Höhe, Berechnungsgrundlage und Co.

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40 commentaires
  1. How do they determine if you are calculated as being self employed or not?

    • Thanks for your comment.
      If you are self employed, you need to register as a Gewerbe. If it’s your first year of trading, I assume you would have no tax return stating that you are self-employed and therefore you would need to write a declaration that this is the case, estimate your income over the period in question and then hand in your ‘Steuerbescheid’ once you have it. You can then either get money back from the Elterngeldstelle or you may have to return some of the money, depending on how your estimates worked out.

  2. Hi. Am still confused. ElterngeldPlus allows part time work. I have a permanent full-time contract. To enter into ElterngeldPlus, do I have to sign a new contract for the period of part-time work I do as part of ElterngeldPlus ?.

    For simplicity, let say I have a net income of €3000 per month. I opt for ElterngeldPlus and enter into a 30hours a week contract – Mon(6hrs.), Tue(8hrs.), Wed(8hrs.) and Thur(8hrs.) *OR*, Tue(10hrs.), Wed(10hrs.), Thurs(10hrs.). This means my part-time salary will be €2250. Loss is €750. So ElterngeldPlus = 0.65*750= €487.5

    I can expect €2737.5 per month plus an additional €184 (Kindergeld) ?

    Also, the ElterngeldPlus amount is not taxable (income tax) and is not used to account for Insurance or any other social contribution ?

    My wife is unemployed, but does she have any claim towards Elterngeld or any financial assistance from the government separately ?

    Many Thanks!!!!!!

    • Thanks for your comment.
      No, you don’t need to sign a new contract. You are entitled to work part-time during your Elternzeit and once this period is over, you would go back to work full-time as per your contract. Your calculation seems correct. A useful place to calculate your exact income is here:
      When you claim Elterngeld, you need to do a tax return at the end of the year, despite no tax being charged on Elterngeld. Your Rentenversicherung and Krankenversicherung (if you are on the public insurance system) are covered for you, free of charge (obviously if you’re working reduced hours, this is taken into account).
      Your wife should be able to claim the minimum of 300 Euro, depending on her status.
      If you would like to find out more about paperwork and Elterngeld /Kindergeld etc, we have a workshop this Sunday in Berlin:
      Or drop us a mail if you would like to have a one to one consultation.
      All the best

  3. This is so helpful!.Thank you very much. My husband and I have been going mad trying to figure out how to best do this.

    I just want to make sure i have this correct. Our second child was born in December last year and my husband and I have already taken a total of four months basic Elterngeld (my monthly total was 1,060; my husband 750).

    I have returned to work, working less than twenty hours a week. My monthly income now is 1,113. My husband has also returned to work, at 20-30 hours a week.

    Is this monthly calculation correct with regards to my Elterngeld Plus:

    50% of basic Elterngeld = 530
    Monthly earnings = 1,133
    10% sibling bonus = 160
    TOTAL PER MONTH = 1,823
    Claim period: 24 months

    Thanks so much!

  4. Hi,

    I , as the father would want to take Elternzeit during the 8th and 9th “lebensmonate”. In this case, the elterngeld is calculated based on my earnings in the last 12 months before the 8th lebensmonate or 12 months before the birth of the child ?

    I have not earned complete for 12 months before the birth of the child.

    • Dear Cetan, The income in the 12 months prior to the birth is the income on which your Elterngeld is based.
      I hope that helps. If you would like a personal consultation, please feel free to get in touch!

  5. Hi,

    I am working in a electrical company, the net income for me about 2500 Euros and my wife is not working,I think she will get 300 Euros/ per month. Please give us suggestions which is better in our case Eletrngeld or eleterngeld plus?

  6. Hello! Thanks for the really useful information. One thing we are confused about is the how the max claim amount affects the amount of Elterngeld you can claim when working full time. If you are claiming for 20 hours (half the usual hours of your full time position) for example, would the amount of Elterngeld be capped at €900 (half of the 1800 usual cap) or would the cap for the part time claim still be 1800? Hope that makes sense. Thanks for your advice

    • Sorry, I meant when working PART time

    • Hi Laura, If you take Basis Elterngeld, you would get up to 1800 Euro for 12(14) months. If you take ElterngeldPlus , you would get up to 900 Euro for 24(28) months. If you are working 20 hours, the calculation would be: Amount earned (netto=after tax) on full time salary MINUS amount earned on part time salary (netto=after tax) multiplied by 65%. You can do the more detailed calculation using the Elterngeldrechner here:
      Happy calculating!

  7. Hi,

    I’m canadian and my wife is German. We are expecting our first child in july 2017. We have been in Europe since June 2016. I however, didn’t work until Oct 2016 as I was waiting for the proper visa. That means when the baby is born, I will not have 12 months work in total. Am I understanding this correctly that I am not eligible for Eltern Zeit?

    Also, my wife isn’t working and hasn’t worked. Does she receive anything? I have read and heard that she gets the minimum which is 300, but I find that hard to believe.


    • Hi Tim, Your income from the (10) months before the birth would be divided by 12. You are still eligible for Elternzeit /Elterngeld.
      If your wife is allowed to work in Germany then she is entitled to claim the 300 Euro minimum.

      If you would like to talk personally about the options, feel free to drop me an email to and we can arrange a consultation.


  8. Hello!!
    I am receiving elterngeld and will stsrt to work 30h next monday, when my baby will be 7 months old. My doubt is: as i will come back to work on the 20th of the month, i will receive only the proportional of 10 days of work??? Ot worries me as the elterngeld will be already shorter in the first of march and i will receive my salary also 1st of march, but this was not clear, as i had to start working on the “completion of the baby lebensmonat” that is not in the 1st of the month…
    so it would be really a low income – thats what i am afraid.
    What will be the total amount?

    • Hi Cris, You will receive the Elterngeld until the day before the day of the month your baby turns 7 months (if you have claimed it until then) and then the salary pro rated for the month (so in proportion to the number of days you worked) It shouldn’t be too complicated. i.e. Elterngeld til the 20th of the month and then salary from 20th-28th of the month.
      Hope this helps!

  9. Hi,

    We recently arrived in Munich with my family and I came from India. We have 6 months old child and my wife is house wife (even when she was in India).

    I hold a permanent contract in Germany and it is valid from 01.03.2017. Whether my wife is eligible to get Elterngeld since the kid was not born in Germany but kid age is 6 months now?

    Please suggest us and let me know if you need more info.


    • Hi Santhosh,
      Yes, you can apply for Elterngeld even if your child wasn’t born in Germany. If your wife lives in Germany and would be eligible to work, was she not at home with the baby, then she can claim 300 Euro / month until your child is 14 months old.
      Hope this helps!

      • Hi Lorna,

        Thanks a lot for your reply.
        But I have 1 doubt in your reply. What do you mean by “would be eligible to work”? Can you please clarify this so that it would be really helpful for us.

        Currently my wife is in Germany along with me on family visa (dependant visa) and taking care of my son.


  10. Dear Lorna,

    Thank you very much for these very helpful comments.
    Is it possible that I take 2 years elternzeit and only work in the second one? How would the elterngeld be calculated?
    During the time someone is taking elternzeit, the employee is protected from lossing the job, right?

    Thank you
    Kind regards

    • We offer workshops regarding the Elterngeld (allbeit in Berlin) and individual consultations in person or via Skype/phone. I would be happy to talk you through this in more detail.

  11. Hi,
    Our baby was born 14th june. My wife plans to take 12 months elterngeld and I 2months.
    However, after the first month i am now back at work. I want to take the second month elternzeit in july next year. (So total of 2 months)

    Question is, can I still get elterngeld for both 2 months by splitting them up this way? Do i have to send in two separate applications? Thanks

    • Hi Joey, You can split the two months. You don’t need to send in separate applications but you should make sure you tell your employer (in writing) 7 weeks before you want to take your Elternzeit and get a written confirmation of this. This confirmation needs to go to the Elterngeldstelle along with any other supporting documents they require.
      If you need any help with the process, we offer skype consultations and would be happy to give you some tips 🙂

  12. Hallo!!
    Thanks for sharing this!!
    Two doubts:
    1) in case I separate while receiving elterngeldplus, my tax class will change from 5 to 2? (Nowadays I am 5 and husband 3). Or during this time it doesn’t change? Only after finish the elterngeld? He wants us to change so he can receive a bit more, but for me changing from 5 to 2 would mean more than 500 shorter…
    2) if I declare taxes next year, due to be receiving elterngeldplus for one year, I will need to pay taxes back?

    • Hi Cristina,
      Unfortunately we are not able to give specific advice regarding taxes. We recommend that you speak to a qualified tax accountant in order to address these questions.
      All the best!

  13. Hi, Thanks for the article. If I take the basic elterngeld is there any small amount of work I can do at this time?

  14. Hi Lorna,

    Two quick questions:
    1. is it possible for a mother to, after Mutterschutz period, star working part-time and receive elterngeldPlus, and then take the full parental leave, without work? This is in no connection or combination with father’s options as he has no contract in Germany. I was told that this order (first work then leave) is rather unusual.

    1. in general, does the elternzeit start (and elterngeld is paid) starting from the end of Mutterschutz period?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Tamara,

      Elodie here, one of the concierges at maternita. In answer to your questions…

      1. Yes it is possible, unusual but possible.
      2. Yes Elternzeit starts when Mutterschutz ends (if you’re taking Elternzeit that is).

      All the best!

  15. Hi,

    Can I choose elterngeld plus and still work 40hours per week (30hrs in the office and 10 hrs as work from home)?

    Or Should I not work more than 30 hrs per week?


  16. I have a net income of €2200 per month. I apply for ElterngeldPlus and enter into a 30hours a week contract. Could you please help to calculate the expected income per month?

  17. Hi Lorna,
    Really good article, thanks!
    Do you know how the ElterngeldPlus work with Kita Gutschein when a baby is younger than 12 months?

    My daughter is 6 months old. This month I went back to work full time, and she started Kita, with a Kita gutschein 7-9h/day. I’m considering now limiting number of hours at work (most likely to 30h/week), but I’m afraid we’d loose a place in the Kita.


    • Hi Karolina,
      Working 30h / week should not change anything to your Kitagutschein. The Gutschein takes into account travel time from home to Kita to work and back again so most parents who work 30h / week get a 7-9h Gutschein when they request it.
      All the best, Elodie

  18. Hi again,

    I couldn’t find any information about what would be the minimum number of hours if one wants to work part-time during parental leave. Max is 30hrs/week, but the minimum?


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