Any alien who, under a totalization agreement, wishes to apply for exemption from U.S. Social Security and Medicare taxes must obtain a certificate of coverage from the social security authority of their home country and submit that certificate of coverage to their employer in the United States according to the procedures set out in Income Procedures 80-56. 84-54 and Revenue Ruling 92-9. Another procedure is provided for in these revenue procedures for a foreigner who is unable to obtain a cover certificate from his country of origin. At the signing of today`s social security agreement between the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany, the plenipotentiaries of the two States Parties stated that they agreed on the following points: to claim United States or German benefits under the agreement, follow the instructions in the “Entitlement to benefits” section. If you do not wish to assert the right to benefits, but would like more information about the contract, write to: Please note that insurance periods can only be added together within member states and separately between the Federal Republic of Germany and its contracting countries, but not between them. For example, if you worked in the Federal Republic of Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada, German insurance periods can be added to British and Irish periods under European law or German periods can be added to Canadian insurance periods under the German-Canadian agreement. It is not possible to add up all the accumulated periods (German, British, Irish and Canadian) to fill, for example, the 45-year waiting period. The table below shows the different types of social security benefits to be paid under the US and German social security schemes and briefly describes the eligibility requirements for each.
If you do not qualify for these benefits, the agreement can help you qualify (see the “How to pay for benefits” section below). Periods of insurance from a State with which the Federal Republic of Germany has not concluded a social security agreement may not be added to german periods of insurance in order to fulfil the legal conditions. The Federal Republic of Germany has currently signed reciprocal social security agreements with 20 countries. These agreements essentially govern the acquisition of pension authorisation and the payment of pensions in the countries concerned. The agreement covers Social Security taxes (including the Medicare portion in the United States). As a result of an addendum beginning on 1 May 1996, it also contains the taxes which finance the health insurance and care programmes of the Federal Republic of Germany. The agreement also covers retirement, disability and social security survivors` benefits. It does not cover any benefits in the United States. Medicare or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transitional period until 31 December 2020, renewable once for one or two years if the United Kingdom and the UNION agree on this until 30 June 2020. . .