Boosting your salary: child allowances

Boosting your salary: child allowances

Child allowances supplement your income and lighten the financial burden of raising a family. Child allowances start the month the child is born. Submit your application to your employer together with the birth certificate or family record book. The allowance is paid in addition to your net wage and listed separately on your pay slip. Child and education allowances in no case justify the reduction of salary payments. One allowance per child is the rule, so the allowance is not doubled if both parents are employed. Stepchildren, adoptive children and foster children are also eligible for child and education allowances.

Child allowances depend on the parents’ income. Parents must earn a minimum of CHF 570 per month or CHF 6’840 per year to qualify. Each child receives the full monthly allowance (exception: in the month that employment starts or ends, the allowance is prorated based on the number of days worked in that month). Should neither parent be employed, the family may still be entitled to child allowances. Contact your cantonal compensation office (Ausgleichskasse) for further information. In most cases, family allowances are paid by the employer. If you work for an employer who is not liable for contributions, the allowances are paid directly by the family allowances compensation fund (Familienausgleichskasse). Non-employed parents receive allowances from the AHV office of the canton of residence. The following persons are eligible for child and education allowances:

•Employers with a place of business in the Canton of Basel-Landschaft who a liable for AHV contributions according to federal law.

•The self-employed with a place of business in the canton Basel-Landschaftand who are liable for AHV contributions.

•Employees as defined by social security and AHV legislation who are employed in the Canton of Basel-Landschaft.

•Persons working for employers not liable for AHV contributions who are residents of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft

•Non-employed persons (as definedby AHV legislation) who receive neither an AHV-pension nor supplementary benefits and whose taxable income does not exceed 150% of

Switzerland

Addresses and links

  • The "Bundesamt für Sozialversicherungen" informs about family allowances*: www.bsv.admin.ch

  • Familienwegweiser Pro Familia on family allowances for children who are studying or doing an apprenticeship: www.profamilia.ch and for families in general: www.profamilia.ch

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* = Services explicitly offered also in other languages than German.

Aargau

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Basel-Landschaft

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Basel-Stadt

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Solothurn

Addresses and links

  • Family allowances in the Canton of Solothurn: www.akso.ch

  • Supplementary family benefits in the Canton of Solothurn: www.akso.ch

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