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As an employee family member (Mifa) apply for exemption from compulsory insurance of the agricultural old-age fund

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Service Description

If you wish to be exempted from compulsory insurance with the Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse, you must submit an application.

Insured persons of the Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse are eligible to apply, i.e. also so-called collaborating family members. Collaborating family members are

  • are related to or married to the farmer, and
  • work full-time in the farmer's agricultural enterprise.

They must have a reason to be exempt. Possible exemption reasons include:

  • You regularly earn more than twelve times the mini-job limit per year outside of farming.
  • You are compulsorily insured in the statutory pension insurance, for example because you are raising children.

The exemption usually starts as soon as the exemption requirements are met. To do this, you must submit the application within 3 months. If you submit the application later, the exemption applies at the earliest from the day on which you apply for it.

The Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture can also determine your insurance obligation retroactively. In this case, the application period for exemption begins with the notification of the decision on the current insurance obligation with the Agricultural Pension Fund.

The exemption from compulsory insurance ends as soon as its requirements are no longer met. If the conditions for exemption cease to apply or change, you must report this immediately.


Process flow

You can apply for the exemption in writing, in person, by telephone or online. To meet the deadline, you may initially submit the exemption request informally, for example, by telephone.

Written application:

  • Download the application form for exemption from compulsory insurance on the website of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture.
  • Fill out the form completely and gather the required documents.
  • Mail your completed and signed application with the required documents to the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture.

Apply online:

  • If necessary, register on the service portal of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture. When you register, you will receive your personal access data by mail.
  • Go to the service portal of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture and log in there.
  • Fill out the web form and upload the necessary evidence via the mailbox function. Once your details have been confirmed, your data will be transmitted online to the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture.

Apply in person at the consultation meeting:

  • Compile the documents required for the application.
  • Make an appointment at the Agricultural Pension Fund or a Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture counseling center.

Applying by telephone:

  • Call the service number of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture and ask to be connected to the processing department responsible for you.
  • They will take your application in due time.
  • You will then receive the form required for the complete application by mail or electronically.

At the end of the procedure, you will receive a decision on your exemption from compulsory insurance.

Note: Your application for exemption can also be submitted by a person you trust. To do so, submit a corresponding power of attorney to your agricultural pension fund. As long as the power of attorney is valid, your Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse will only contact your authorized person.

Requirements

You are subject to compulsory insurance with the Agricultural Pension Fund. You have received a corresponding notice.

You can apply for exemption from compulsory insurance if you meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • You regularly receive more than twelve times the mini-job limit annually in remuneration, earned income or comparable income (income in lieu of income, such as unemployment benefit, sickness benefit or pension) outside of agriculture.
  • Compulsory insurance in the statutory pension insurance due to bringing up a child
  • Compulsory insurance in the statutory pension insurance due to care of a person in need of care
  • Compulsory insurance in the statutory pension insurance due to completion of military or civilian service
  • Receipt of unemployment benefit II, if you were not insured in the Agricultural Pension Fund in the last calendar month before receiving unemployment benefit II.
  • You cannot fulfill the waiting period of 15 years required for a standard old-age pension from the Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse because you reach the standard retirement age sooner.
    • The exemption for this reason is final. The periods of insurance with the Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse as well as with other pension schemes such as the statutory pension insurance can be counted towards the waiting period.
Which documents are required?
  • Application for exemption from compulsory insurance
  • written proof of the reason for exemption

You can find out which documents are required in your case from the application form.

  • in case of application by other persons:
    • Power of attorney or
    • order of the court
What are the fees?

There are no fees for processing the application.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The exemption starts as soon as the requirements are met if you submit the application within 3 months.
If you apply later, the exemption begins at the earliest from the day on which you submit the application.
In case of determination of the insurance obligation for the past, the period begins with the notification of the decision on this insurance obligation.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • An appeal against the notice of exemption can be lodged within one month (3 months abroad) of its notification.
  • If the appeal is unsuccessful, there is the possibility of an action before the social court.
Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No

Online services available: Yes

What else should I know?

There are the following indications:

First of all, the application can also be informal in order to meet the deadline.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Process flow

You can apply for the exemption in writing, in person, by telephone or online. To meet the deadline, you may initially submit the exemption request informally, for example, by telephone.

Written application:

  • Download the application form for exemption from compulsory insurance on the website of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture.
  • Fill out the form completely and gather the required documents.
  • Mail your completed and signed application with the required documents to the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture.

Apply online:

  • If necessary, register on the service portal of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture. When you register, you will receive your personal access data by mail.
  • Go to the service portal of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture and log in there.
  • Fill out the web form and upload the necessary evidence via the mailbox function. Once your details have been confirmed, your data will be transmitted online to the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture.

Apply in person at the consultation meeting:

  • Compile the documents required for the application.
  • Make an appointment at the Agricultural Pension Fund or a Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture counseling center.

Applying by telephone:

  • Call the service number of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture and ask to be connected to the processing department responsible for you.
  • They will take your application in due time.
  • You will then receive the form required for the complete application by mail or electronically.

At the end of the procedure, you will receive a decision on your exemption from compulsory insurance.

Note: Your application for exemption can also be submitted by a person you trust. To do so, submit a corresponding power of attorney to your agricultural pension fund. As long as the power of attorney is valid, your Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse will only contact your authorized person.

Requirements

You are subject to compulsory insurance with the Agricultural Pension Fund. You have received a corresponding notice.

You can apply for exemption from compulsory insurance if you meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • You regularly receive more than twelve times the mini-job limit annually in remuneration, earned income or comparable income (income in lieu of income, such as unemployment benefit, sickness benefit or pension) outside of agriculture.
  • Compulsory insurance in the statutory pension insurance due to bringing up a child
  • Compulsory insurance in the statutory pension insurance due to care of a person in need of care
  • Compulsory insurance in the statutory pension insurance due to completion of military or civilian service
  • Receipt of unemployment benefit II, if you were not insured in the Agricultural Pension Fund in the last calendar month before receiving unemployment benefit II.
  • You cannot fulfill the waiting period of 15 years required for a standard old-age pension from the Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse because you reach the standard retirement age sooner.
    • The exemption for this reason is final. The periods of insurance with the Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse as well as with other pension schemes such as the statutory pension insurance can be counted towards the waiting period.

Which documents are required?

  • Application for exemption from compulsory insurance
  • written proof of the reason for exemption

You can find out which documents are required in your case from the application form.

  • in case of application by other persons:
    • Power of attorney or
    • order of the court

What are the fees?

There are no fees for processing the application.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The exemption starts as soon as the requirements are met if you submit the application within 3 months.
If you apply later, the exemption begins at the earliest from the day on which you submit the application.
In case of determination of the insurance obligation for the past, the period begins with the notification of the decision on this insurance obligation.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • An appeal against the notice of exemption can be lodged within one month (3 months abroad) of its notification.
  • If the appeal is unsuccessful, there is the possibility of an action before the social court.

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No

Online services available: Yes

What else should I know?

There are the following indications:

First of all, the application can also be informal in order to meet the deadline.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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