Product innovations in German life insurance
With the resolution of the draft of the Annual Tax Act 2020, the government has initiated the introduction of a new reporting procedure for companies in the private compulsory health and care insurance sector. The previous paper-based certification procedures for the tax-free allowance and for the calculation of income tax are to be replaced by a computerised process in order to reduce the workload for private health insurance companies, employers and employees. To this end, a comprehensive data exchange between private compulsory health and care insurance companies, the tax authorities and employers will be introduced.
The new procedure uses the existing data infrastructure and the proven procedure for electronic wage tax deduction features (ELStAM process). It completely replaces the procedure using paper certificates and will be compulsory for all companies from January 2024 following a pilot phase.
As part of the procedure, the data relevant to the following year for the calculation of the tax-free employer’s allowance and the partial amount ‘compulsory health/care insurance’ of the lump-sum provision must be submitted to BZSt by 20 November of each year. In the case of premium changes during the year, the changed data must also be transmitted to the BZSt at the same time as the policyholder is notified of the fixed premium change.
msg life has extensive experience with similar reporting procedures and has a tried-and-tested BZSt connection with which extensive tests can be carried out under real conditions even before the software is delivered. Based on this, the new reporting procedure will be implemented completely and on schedule in the standard software component msg.Tax Data – private medical insurance certification process. All legally required processes and messages can be carried out completely in background processing, so that manual processing is generally not necessary. Any necessary manual corrections can be made conveniently at any time via the user interface.
msg.Tax Data – private medical insurance certification process provides private medical insurance companies with a complete solution for all reporting obligations to the ZfA and BZSt in a single, modern software component. You too can benefit cost-effectively from our many years of experience in implementing regulatory requirements.
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