6 things that have changed in Germany since 1st of January 2017

1. Increase of the Minimum Wage

The minimum wage increases in Germany since 1st of January 2017  from 8,50€ up to 8,84€ per hour. This means that the minimum wage that a employee can receive for a full time job in Germany is 1.532€ monthly gross salary.

2. New cycling rules for parents

Since 1st of January 2017, parents that ride a bike jointly with their children are allowed to ride on the pavement. Before, parents have to ride on the road while children could use the pavement.

3. Temporary employees

Those employees that are temporary hired by an extern company are not permitted to work under this status more than 18 months. Morever, after 9 months working, their salary should be put on the same level as other employees.

4. Increase in Hartz IV

The Arbeitslosengeld II, most well-know as Hartz IV, is a social benefit that perceive unemployed people in age of working (between 15 and 67 years old), which income is considered too low to cover the minimum living standars. This monetary support can include the health insurance fee and hause rent. The Hartz IV increase from 404 to 409€ per month.

5. Increase of Kindergeld fee

The Kindergeld or child benefit is a monery help that families in Germany receive from the German Goverment. This social benefit is granted for all children until the age of 18. Since 1st of January 2017, families will perceive 2€ more per child, reaching 192€ per child, 200€ for the third one and 225€ for the fourth one. This monthly sum is paid directly to the parents in a German bank account.

6. Annual Tax Return

Most of the people living in Germany are subjected to the German taxes regulation, and at the end of the year you make your annual tax return. The deadline is now until 31st of July and not 31st of May as it used to be. Would you like to know which expenses are in Germany tax deductible? Please check this article.

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