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Interfisc achieves breakthrough on insolvency-payments levy

Interfisc has now notched up a significant success for its clients with personnel working in Germany.

Following years of discussion, the German annuity insurance authority has finally adopted Interfisc’s standpoint, namely that companies without an actual registered office in Germany should be exempt from paying a so-called Insolvenzgeldumlage, or insolvency-payments levy, while on the other hand German personnel, or those personnel working in Germany subject to certain conditions, should retain their claim to Insolvenzgeld, or insolvency payments. Put succinctly: a substantial savings in wage and administrative costs has been attained. Furthermore, previously paid levies are to be reimbursed.

The background to this levy was that in 2009, as a result of a rising number of bankruptcies, the Bundesagentur für Arbeit, or Federal Employment Office, was left with a €1 billion deficit as a result of paying out insolvency payments, enabling wages to continue to be paid out for three months following a bankruptcy. To cover this enormous ‘gap,’ the authorities created an insolvency-payments levy, to be paid by companies. The levy has been increased from 0.10% to 0.41%, and the percentage is expected to continue rising. The levy is paid on a monthly basis, together with the other national insurance contributions. Luckily, for a large number of Interfisc clients, this obligation has now been consigned to history!

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