Types of income affecting the basic social assistance

The following types of income count as monthly income for purposes of basic social assistance (on an after-tax basis):

  • Social security payments such as
    • labour market subsidy
    • basic unemployment allowance
    • earnings-related unemployment allowance
    • general housing allowance
    • financial aid for students (study grant, student loan and housing supplement)
    • maternity, paternity and parental allowance
    • child benefit
    • child care allowances
    • child support payments and child maintenance allowance
    • daily allowances payable under the Health Insurance Act and other laws
    • rehabilitation allowance
    • national pension
    • guarantee pension
    • earnings-related pensions
    • pensions received from abroad
    • pension assistance
    • job alternation compensation
  • Earnings such as
    • wages and salaries
    • compensations and shares in profits (e.g., compensations for informal care providers, copyright royalties)
    • benefits in kind
    • payments supplementing a wage or salary (e.g., housing, car or food allowances, or overtime, shift pay or holiday pay)
    • earnings received from abroad
    • Please note: A deduction of up to EUR 150 is made from wage or salary income. This amount does not count as income when calculating the basic social assistance. The deduction is made on an individual basis from each family member's earnings.
  • Self-employment income and business startup grants
    • Self-employment income is estimated on the basis of information submitted by self-employed persons or otherwise available to Kela. Self-employed persons must submit a separate statement of income, including supporting documents, on form TO4e.
    • Please note: A deduction of up to EUR 150 is made from wage or salary income. This amount does not count as income when calculating the basic social assistance. The deduction is made on an individual basis from each family member's earnings.
  • Capital income such as
    • rental income
    • investment income
    • dividends
    • interest on deposits.
  • Other income such as
    • scholarships and grants
    • financial assistance or loans from parents or other private individuals
    • insurance settlements and other one-time payments
    • tax refunds.

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