The Limited Times

Now you can see non-English news...

-24 hours


-24 hours Created: 01/13/2023 10:49 am By: Ulrike Hagen Many employees would like to retire at 63. But who is entitled to an earlier retirement before the standard retirement age? And who has to pay deductions? Update from January 12, 2023: Did you know? Pensioners can also receive child benefit – under these circumstances. First report from January 4, 2023: Berlin - The year is off to a good

-24 hours

Created: 01/13/2023 10:49 am

By: Ulrike Hagen

Many employees would like to retire at 63. But who is entitled to an earlier retirement before the standard retirement age?

And who has to pay deductions?

Update from January 12, 2023:

Did you know?

Pensioners can also receive child benefit – under these circumstances.

First report from January 4, 2023:

Berlin - The year is off to a good start for many consumers - because the turn of the year brought numerous changes in the law.

And there will also be a number of positive changes for pensioners in 2023 – among other things, there will be more pensions and citizen’s income.

But what about those who are thinking about retiring before the standard retirement age, i.e. about “retirement at 63”?

Basically, if you have worked a particularly long time and paid into the insurance fund, you have to accept little or no deductions.

On the other hand, it becomes expensive for a certain generation.

Early retirement pension:

early retirement


Old-age pensions that the insured person can receive before reaching their regular retirement age

Regular age limit:

65 years

Retirement at 63: How long do I have to work to get a pension?

Basically, a distinction is made between the old-age pension for long-term - i.e. over 35 years - insured and particularly long-term - over 45 years - insured.

But when you can retire at the earliest depends not only on the contribution periods but also on your year of birth.

Because the retirement age has been increasing gradually since 2012: by one month per year.

By 2031, the standard old-age pension will be raised to 67 years.

That means: For those who were born in 1964 or later, a standard retirement age of 67 years applies.

Relaxed in retirement at 63: That is possible for many employees.

© Westend61/Imago

Old-age pension after 45 years – pension at 63 years

After an insurance period of 45 years, everyone can in principle retire earlier.

But: The old-age pension for the “particularly long-term insured” is colloquially called “pension at 63”.

De facto, however, only those born before 1953 can retire without deductions at the age of 63.

For those born between 1953 and 1963, the retirement age increases with the year of birth.

If you were born in 1964 or later, you can only retire without deductions at the age of 65, even after 45 years of contributions.

Nevertheless, in the past year alone, 26.3 percent of all new pensioners used this deduction-free "pension from 63", according to the pension insurance report of the federal government


also read

The obligation to replace stoves will take effect from 2025 – these exceptions apply


Poor people photographed Rewe snack shelf: "I left the car, won't buy here anymore"


GEZ: Post service checks payers of broadcasting fees - millions of consumers are now receiving mail


C&A, Primark, Görtz and Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof: Numerous branches are closing - details in the overview


Which trees and shrubs you should definitely cut back in January


Fancy a voyage of discovery?

My space newsletter

In the newsletter, our editors put together content from Hamburg, Northern Germany and HSV.

Every day at 8:30 a.m., six current articles land in your e-mail inbox - registration is free of charge, you can easily unsubscribe by clicking at the end of each sent newsletter issue.

Retirement pension after 35 insurance years - when you can retire

Anyone who has paid into the pension insurance for 35 years benefits from the old-age pension for so-called "long-term insured persons".

This means that everyone born before 1963 can retire before their 67th birthday without deductions.

However, the retirement age is gradually being raised.

For those born in 1964 or later, the retirement age is 67 even after 35 years of contributions.

Exceptions to retirement at 67:

  • The retirement age will gradually be raised to 67 for all insured persons.

    Some old-age pensions are exempt from this.

    But higher entry ages will also apply to them in the future.

  • Old-age pension for particularly long-term insured persons: Insured

     persons who have completed at least 45 years of insurance and have reached the relevant age limit are entitled to this.

    Old-age pension for severely disabled people

    : The age limit for a deduction-free old-age pension for severely disabled people is gradually being raised from 63 to 65 years of age.

  • Old-age pension for miners who have been working underground for many years

    : For those insured persons who were born after December 31, 1951, the age limit will be gradually raised to 62 years of age.

  • Source: German pension insurance

Retire earlier: How to retire at 63

In principle, only very long-term insured persons, i.e. over 45 years of age, are entitled to a “pension at 63”.

But even those who can prove shorter periods of insurance and who are younger have the opportunity to retire earlier.

However, deductions have to be accepted for this.

More and more people are choosing the option of retiring before the standard retirement age and accepting a reduction in the amount of their pension.


Federal Institute for Population

Research states that this group already made up a quarter of all those who retired in 2021: "On average, they retired almost 28 months before the standard retirement age."

Retirement at 63 for long-term insured: How high the deductions are for your year

If you want to take your old-age pension early as a long-term insured person, you can expect a deduction of 0.3 percent per month – up to a maximum of 14.4 percent – ​​of your pension payments: As can be seen in a table from, you have to For example, an employee who was born in 1947 could accept a 7.5 percent deduction.

Anyone born in 1960 can expect a 12 percent drop.

And everyone born in 1964 or later pays a retirement age of 63 with the maximum deduction of 14.4 percent.

The nine biggest myths about retirement

View photo gallery

Deductions for pension at 63: Compensating for deductions can be worthwhile

The good news is that these deductions can be fully or partially compensated for with special payments.

From the age of 50, the payments can be made in the form of a one-off payment or as part payments.

The conditions here are better than with private pension insurance, for example, since the special payments can be claimed for tax purposes, according to

Stiftung Warentest


Another advantage: Those who do not retire early will be rewarded with a correspondingly higher pension.

A pension increase for July 2023 has just been decided - by around 3.5 percent for pensioners in western Germany and by 4.2 percent for pensioners in eastern Germany.

Early retirement: additional income limits removed

Another piece of good news for everyone who is toying with the idea of ​​early retirement: At the beginning of December, the Bundestag decided to abolish the additional earnings limit for early retirement at the age of 63 without replacement.

In the case of recipients of disability pensions, the additional earnings limit increases from EUR 6,300 per year to up to EUR 34,500.

And because unemployment benefit II (colloquially Hartz IV) will become citizen benefit from January 1, 2023 and payments will increase, the basic security for pensioners whose pension is not enough to live on will also increase.

In total, retirees are entitled to eight grants, with which retirees can save many hundreds of euros in 2023.

Source: merkur

All life articles on 2023-01-13

You may like

News/Politics 2022-12-31T05:21:42.941Z
Life/Entertain 2023-04-18T16:14:01.135Z

Trends 24h

Life/Entertain 2023-06-01T21:31:41.063Z


© Communities 2019 - Privacy

The information on this site is from external sources that are not under our control.
The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.