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The term foreign pension refers to the pension payments received abroad. The majority of the benefits paid by Deutsche Rentenversicherung in this way (around 86 percent) are aimed at foreign nationals who have mostly returned to their home country after being temporarily employed and paid into the German fund. About 14 percent are Germans who have relocated abroad.
If you spend more than six months a year abroad, other tax rules apply to you (for example, limited tax liability). Health insurance companies can also request additional payments if additional pension payments are determined. The best thing to do is to advise yourself if you are planning a longer stay outside of Germany. The Brandenburg tax office, for example, acts as the central tax office for pensioners residing abroad. You can find out from the Federal Ministry of Finance whether there is a double taxation agreement for a particular country that regulates the country in which your pension is taxed.
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