Why private basic pensions often lead to losses for policyholders

A marketing expert remarked: “The best marketing agency is in Berlin – that is, the government”. First came the Riester pension with subsidised allowances, then the increasingly tax-deductible basic pension – also known as the Rürup pension. One financial services provider said: “The shift from state to private retirement provision is a growth market for […]

Statutorily insured without occupational abandonment

The most important information on compulsory health insurance and pension insurance for the self-employed The Federal Social Court (BSG, ruling of 29.07.2015, Ref. B 12 KR 4/13 R) ruled that the mere performance of duties as a body of a corporation (AG, GmbH) without further active involvement in the GmbH beyond that does not constitute […]

Compulsory insurance in KV and RV for self-employed persons

– How the self-employed can take out statutory insurance even if they do not have a job –   The Federal Social Court (BSG, ruling of 29.07.2015, Ref. B 12 KR 4/13 R) ruled that the mere performance of duties as a body of a corporation (AG, GmbH) without further active involvement in the GmbH […]

The fairy tale of the unprofitable German pension insurance scheme

– When a funded pension would be comparable –   The Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund (DRV) lets its insured know that voluntary contributions in particular lead to an annual pension of 5.18%. In many cases, it is nonsensical to compare returns, as this would require consideration of the increasing payouts, including increasing life expectancy. The answer […]

How the self-employed can take out statutory insurance

In the case of the Federal Social Court, the owner of a clothing chain was to be treated only as a “part-time self-employed person” after he had received a widower’s and standard old-age pension, so that in future he would not have to pay the higher voluntary contributions but only compulsory contributions to the statutory […]

Insured in the statutory health insurance without minimum premium payment

Self-employed persons with a very low income can apply to pay less than the so-called minimum contribution to the statutory health insurance (GKV). But Dr. Johannes Fiala and Dipl.-Math. Peter A. Schramm think that you have to come up with this on your own, because hardly anyone will tell you voluntarily. What the tariff change […]

Opportunities for a reduction in contributions or a return to statutory health insurance

– What the tariff change broker never reveals and rarely knows – A recent study by a lobby organisation proposes to make statutory health insurance (GKV) more attractive for lower earning self-employed persons, as reported by a newspaper from Southern Germany. For self-employed persons there would be a minimum contribution of 342 euros per month. […]

What the tariff change broker never reveals and rarely knows

The Ministry of Economic Affairs has submitted a draft bill to transpose the EU Insurance Distribution Directive IDD into German law. Accordingly, the ban on commissions remains in force and in future there will be “fee-based insurance consultants The SHI system should become more attractive for the self-employed. In the guest article, attorney Dr. Fiala […]

Company pension scheme: Pension insurance obligation with GGF?

The ruling of the Federal Social Court: Before the Federal Social Court (BSG) a GGF with its Unternehmensberatungs-GmbH lost: After the wording of the reasons for the judgement (Az. B 12 RA 1/04 R) also a GmbH managing director active only for its own GmbH is subject to the pension insurance obligation. The Federal Minister […]

Optimization of pension equalization – even during a current marriage

In the case of direct commitments and support funds, external splitting in accordance with VersAusglG is an option. A transfer to the Deutsche Rentenversicherung is more profitable than a new capital cover. A commitment to the company pension scheme (bAV) increasingly contains a higher pension promise than is paid out.   With regard to pension […]