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About willyg

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  1. Drat, looks like social insurance contributions are indeed taxes, but covered by the US-Germany social security agreement and therefore not creditable. Just sharing the link in case the same question pops up again: https://www.ssa.gov/international/Agreement_Pamphlets/germany.html
  2. About to do my first US tax return since moving to Germany. Of the various types of German social charges, it seems to me like health and nursing care insurance contributions might be able to be classified as foreign income taxes and therefore used to take a foreign tax credit in the US. Anyone looked into this before?
  3. In our Kita we have a bit of extra money that the parents have been chipping in for the past year for outings and other special activities. This "Elternkasse" used to be managed by the Kita director but he wants to turn it over to a parent treasurer. Thinking of getting set up as a Verein so we can get a bank account and not have to just hold cash. Are there any banks offering free standard banking for Vereine?
  4. I've lived in the US and UK and in both countries, if you have a problem with a government agency that you can't solve through standard channels, it's considered normal to escalate to an elected official at the corresponding level of government. For instance members of Congress commonly help with immigration cases or Social Security and advocate for the individual citizen in front of the relevant agency.   Do elected reps in Germany also get involved with individual casework in this way, or is that not considered acceptable?
  5. Understood. Although the fact that many other KKs explicitly offer the MenB vaccine for children as an extra benefit does strongly suggest that it must be, if not universal, at least fairly common in Germany to give this vaccine (and not just for families from the UK).
  6. Of course, although they did send a detailed breakdown of the costs they were paying for and it clearly said Men B on there.   But nevertheless, to repeat, this question was about crowdsourcing data points from others' experiences, and speculation about our own case is (in the nicest possible way) rather unhelpful.
  7. They didn't say. We just submitted it as a travel vaccination and they paid for it without explanation. We are just not sure if we will get away with it again.
  8. Reiterating the original post: TK say publicly that they don't cover the MenB vaccine, but paid for one dose in our case with no specific medical indication. Was hoping that other members' experience could illuminate whether they are (quietly) paying for the MenB vaccine in general, notwithstanding statements to the contrary, or if our first case was an isolated exception.
  9. Thanks but doesn't really help. TK officially covers only travel vaccines (in addition to the standard vaccination list) and MenB isn't currently a recommended vaccine for travel to any specific country. The original post was asking for more data points on other folks' success/failure receiving reimbursement for the MenB vaccine notwithstanding its exclusion by TK.
  10. TK officially doesn't cover the Meningitis B vaccine, but with our first kid we submitted one dose of it as a travel vaccination and they paid it. (First two doses were done on the NHS)   Now baby #2 is soon to arrive and looking at which parent's insurance to put the baby on (we are with different Krankenkassen). Trying to guess if we would have the same luck getting MenB paid for the second time around. Did anyone else with TK have success or alternatively failure getting the MenB paid for?