Pension Matters

Retirement Enlarge image Retirement (© dpa/pa) 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 and (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.

German old age pension

Many persons residing in Singapore 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 payments for the pension authority. Read more...

Taxation of German 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. Read more...

Life certificates

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. Read more...

Compensation payments (Wiedergutmachung)

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 compensation. Read more...