The application for child benefit can also be processed online via the Internet

The application for child benefit can also be processed online via the Internet
The application for child benefit can also be processed online via the Internet

Child allowance can be applied for online from the beginning of September. It is a voluntary alternative, not the only form. Anyone who wants to can still go to the office in person – however, this will only be necessary in some specific cases.

Electronic identity of the citizen is required to process the application via the Internet. The simplest is the bank identity, which allows you to verify your identity as easily as you log in to electronic banking, without further arrangements and without fees. The service is currently offered by Česká spořitelna, ČSOB, Komerční banka, Air Bank, Fio, Moneta and Raiffeisenbank. Another option is an eCitizen with an activated chip (and reader), a data box or the mojeID service with a security key.

You only need to submit the application once, and the allowance is then paid regularly every month. In order to obtain and continue to be entitled to the allowance, household income for each calendar quarter must be documented. It is possible to apply up to three months in advance.

Families whose income does not exceed 3.4 times the subsistence minimum for the family are entitled to child allowance. For example, a single mother with a small child is entitled to an allowance if her income does not exceed CZK 22,474 per month.

The amount of the allowance depends on the age of the dependent child and whether at least one of the parents works or has another income. It ranges from 630 to 1380 crowns per child per month.

The child allowance can be drawn on a child from birth up to the age of 18 and possibly up to the age of 26 if they are studying. A parent submits an application for a minor child, dependent adults aged 18 to 26 submit the application themselves.

You can already apply for a housing allowance online from July. An online application for parental allowance has been added since August, and the amount of the allowance can be changed online every three months according to the parents’ needs.

Online acceptance of applications for a one-off contribution of 5,000 crowns per child for parents with a gross income of up to one million crowns per year also started in mid-August. In this case, it is possible to apply either electronically or through some contact points of the public administration (Czech Point) – not in person at employment offices.

Petr Kučera

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