For a Hartz IV recipient, a mini-job can be the first step towards full-time employment. If you have not worked for a longer period of time, a mini-job can make it easier for you to return to work. In this article we explain what you have to consider if you receive Hartz IV and want to take up a mini-job.
Income can affect your Hartz IV
Even as a Hartz IV recipient, it is possible to take on a mini-job. However, you must keep in mind that income can be offset against the Jobcenter benefit if it exceeds a certain tax-free amount per month. Therefore, the income from a minijob can also be counted against your Hartz IV.
The basic tax-free amount for single persons is 100 euros per month. As a mini-jobber, you can keep 100 euros per month of your income from the mini-job. Income that exceeds this allowance is counted at 80 percent towards Hartz IV benefits. As a Hartz IV recipient, you have an additional 20 percent of the money from the mini-job left over. Here is a suitable example: