PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEMPart RS – Retirement and Survivors InsuranceChapter 020 – Coverage Under International AgreementsSubchapter 01 – International AgreementsTransmittal No. 42, 10/01/2020
This is a quick action transmittal (QAT) to update the address of the German liaison institution responsible for coverage issues.
Summary of Changes
RS 02001.145 How a Certificate of Coverage Is Issued Under the U.S. - German Agreement
Subsection A2 we update the address of the German liaison institution responsible for coverage issues.
Advise inquirers that to obtain a certificate of coverage from the United States, the employer or self-employed person should contact SSA at:
NOTE: This fax number is only for requesting U.S. certificates of coverage or letters stating that workers named in the letters are exempt from foreign social security coverage and taxation.
Advise inquiriers that to obtain a certificate from Germany, they should contact:
Advise inquirers that when writing to obtain a certificate of coverage, they should provide the following information:
Social Security number (U.S. number for U.S. certificate and German number for German certificate);
country of citizenship;
date and place of birth;
country of permanent residence;
name and address of employer in both countries (if self-employed, address of trade or business in both countries);
date and place of hire by sending company, if employed; and
beginning date and ending date (if known) of employment or self-employment in the other country
NOTE: If the worker will be an employee of a German affiliate of an American employer, the request must indicate whether the American employer has entered into an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service under Section 3121(l) of the Internal Revenue Code and, if so, the effective date of such an agreement.
OEIO or the German authority takes the following steps to issue a certificate of coverage:
The employer (in the case of employment) or the worker (in the case of self-employment) writes to the appropriate authority requesting a certificate.
NOTE: For requests for U.S. certificates of coverage, the employer or worker's representative (attorney, accounting firm, employer services firm, etc.) may request the certificate on the employer's or worker's behalf. If an employee requests the certificate, OEIO will need to contact the employer to confirm the accuracy of the information provided.
The United States or Germany issues the certificate, if appropriate.
The issuing agency sends the original and one copy to the requester.
The employer or worker presents the certificate to the tax authorities in the other country upon request.
If the worker is a self-employed U.S. citizen or national who is subject only to German laws under the agreement, the self-employed worker must attach a photocopy of the German certificate of coverage to the Schedule SE filed with the U.S. income tax return each year.