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The child bonus is a "bonus child benefit" which is a special payment for the same basic requirements as for child benefit. The bonus is part of the federal government's Corona stimulus package in order to support families with financial help, as they are exposed to particular stresses due to the Corona crisis.

Child benefit is an important source of money for most parents which is paid every month regardless of the income in Germany.

An employee normally has the main household where his center of life is. However, expats who start working in Germany may keep the main household in their home country and this especially happens if the family stays back home.

If you have a child living outside of the EU, you can still be entitled to German child benefit. To do this, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • You are a national of one of the following countries: Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Morocco, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia or Turke...

The rules for non-residents of Germany differ from residents. Filing a tax return may be more complicated if a person comes from a country with which Germany does not have an agreement to avoid double taxation.

To get your taxes back you will probably need to attach a local income certificate to your tax return. Here is the list of the forms to download.

Under certain conditions, people who live abroad and largely generate their income in Germany can be treated as subject to unlimited income tax in Germany.

You work in Germany and when filing your tax return you don’t know the answer to the key question:

“Am I or am I not a tax resident of Germany?”