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Family allowances

Family allowance is a state-paid income supplement to assist with the expenses of bringing up a child or children.

According to the law, families living in Switzerland are entitled to a minimum payment per child each month:
  • A child allowance of CHF 200 until the child is 16 years old.
  • A training allowance of CHF 250 for children between 16 and 25 years.

Please note
Family allowances are paid for the children whose parents are in paid employment or whose parents are out of work on a low income. Many cantons do not pay for children whose parents are business-owners.

For more information ask your employer or the local Compensation Office

In this section: Family allowance for children living outside of Switzerland

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