When the 300 euros of the energy flat rate really end up in pensioners' accounts
Created: 12/26/2022, 3:36 p.m
By: Anika Zuschke
The energy flat rate for pensioners is longed for - and is fast approaching.
When pensioners can look forward to the 300 euro bonus in 2022.
Hamburg – Pensioners initially received nothing from the first two relief packages – which led to criticism from many quarters and an outcry from German pensioners.
That is why the federal government corrected its mistake in the third relief package and launched the energy flat-rate for pensioners.
This should even end up in the accounts of the beneficiaries in 2022.
24hamburg.de knows exactly when the 300 euro energy flat rate for pensioners will be paid out and who gets the relief at all.
Relief from the federal government:
Energy price flat rate for pensioners
Anyone who is drawing a current pension from the statutory pension insurance scheme on December 1, 2022
Until December 15, 2022
Gas and electricity prices have exploded in recent months due to the war in Ukraine.
In order to relieve its citizens, the government has therefore initiated an energy flat rate - initially for all employed persons in Germany and now also for pensioners.
Working people already received the 300 euros with their salary in September, but what about the financial aid for retired people?
When will the energy flat rate for pensioners be paid out - and who won't get it in 2022?
The energy price flat rate for pensioners should be paid out by December 15, 2022.
However, this is not transferred together with the current pension, but as a separate one-off payment by the pension payment offices.
It is not necessary to submit an application, as the payment is made automatically.
However, there is one exception to this rule: people who receive their pension for the first time at the end of December usually do not receive the energy allowance until the beginning of 2023, reports the
German pension insurance
A payment of the relief in December 2022 is therefore not possible for technical reasons.
But even in 2023, those entitled will not have to worry about the energy flat rate - they too will automatically have the 300 euros transferred to their account.
In December the time has finally come: pensioners will also benefit from the energy flat rate.
© Michael Gstettenbauer / IMAGO
Incidentally, the money is paid into the account to which the regular pension payments are also made.
Transfer to another account is not possible.
A total of around 20 million pensioners in Germany will benefit from the cash injection.
Help for pensioners in 2022: who gets the 300 euro energy flat rate?
But who is actually entitled to the energy price flat rate for pensioners?
Everyone who draws a current pension from the statutory pension insurance on December 1, 2022 can look forward to the 300 euros.
It is irrelevant whether the pension is paid for a limited period or for an unlimited period.
Marital status also plays no role in the payment – however, residence in Germany is a prerequisite.
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Anyone who is entitled to an old-age, reduced earning capacity or survivor’s pension from the statutory pension insurance or the old-age pension scheme for farmers as of December 1, 2022 will receive the flat-rate energy price.
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Energy flat rate for pensioners per person or household?
Some can even be twice as happy thanks to the mini job
Each pensioner is entitled to the energy flat rate individually.
In the case of married couples, both can expect the 300 euro relief on their account - of course only as long as both draw a pension.
However, if a person claims several pensions (e.g. the old-age pension and the widow's pension), the energy flat-rate
is still only paid once according to the
German pension insurance .
On the other hand, anyone who had a mini-job as a pensioner in 2022 can look forward to a double energy flat-rate as part of the energy flat-rate for employed persons.
Payout in 2022: is the energy flat rate tax-free for pensioners?
However, there is a catch: Just like the energy flat rate for employed persons, the energy flat rate for pensioners is not tax-free - the 300 euros must therefore be taxed.
Those who receive a lower pension also have to pay less tax and therefore benefit more from the one-off payment.
However , as reported by
, there is still no specific legal regulation on the taxation of the energy allowance for pensioners.
According to merkur.de, pensioners also have to beware of a nasty grandchild trick in connection with the energy flat rate, which scammers are currently using more and more.