Pensions: Old age pensions / Compensation pensions
German authorities mainly pay two different kinds of pensions:
|1.||Old age pensions for working in Germany/survivor pensions of persons who worked in Germany|
|2.||Compensation pensions (e.g. for incarceration in a German concentration camp)|
These two forms of pensions are paid by different authorities. Some beneficiaries receive both kinds of pensions. Persons who worked in a Ghetto might fulfill the criteria for receiving an old age pension or a lump sum payment.
On the following sites you can find contact details for the German Pension Authorities, information on what to do when a recipient of a pension passes away, on taxation of old age pensions, on life certificates, on payments for work in a Ghetto and more.
Many persons residing in Canada receive old age pensions from Germany. These payments are not made by the German missions, but by different German pension authorities. In general, banks carry out the ...
German Old Age Pensions
According to the law on taxation of old age pensions that entered into force in 2005, pension from the statutory pension insurance and other forms of pensions shall be gradually carried over to full taxation. These regulations apply for pensioners residing outside of Germany, too. Personens who receive old age pensions from Germany and reside in Canada are therefore obliged to submit a tax declaration in Germany. Tax declaration forms can be downloaded here.
Taxation of a German Pension
Every summer, recipients of a German pension are required to submit a "life certificate" to the pension authority to secure payments for the following year. These forms are mailed out directly to the pensioner by the competent pension authority. Most forms can now be certified by Canadian authorities. In most cases the pensioner does not need to come to a German Foreign Mission.
When a beneficiary passes away the Pension Authority needs to be informed without delay. It will then discontinue the payments. The information can be forwarded by the next of kin/executor of the estate.
Death of a Pensioner
Shortly after Word War II, Germany passed a law on restitution (Bundesentschädigungsgesetz). On the basis of this law many persons who were persecuted by the Nazi-Regime continue receive monthly compe...
Compensation Payments (Wiedergutmachung)