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Old-Age Farmers Welfare Allowance Program Last Modified:2017-09-29

1. Forwards



 

The Old-Age Farmers’ Welfare Allowance was implemented by the government to improve the life quality of the aged farmers, considering the fact that no old-age pension benefit is in place for the participants of the Farmers’ Health Insurance program, whilst such insurance coverage is provided to all military personnel, civil servants, teachers and labors who have attended the relevant insurance programs. On May 31, 1995, therefore, the government promulgated the Temporary Statute of the Old-Age Farmers’ Welfare Allowance, based on which a monthly payment of NT$3,000, has been paid since June 1, 1995. It is specifically prescribed in the Statute that individuals who have received old-age benefits from other social insurance programs are not qualified for the Old-Age Farmers’ Welfare Allowance. At a later stage, the government further included aged fishermen into the insurance coverage and addressed to the issue that some of the farmers had been excluded from the Old-Age Farmers’ Welfare Allowance simply because they had received a meager old-age benefit from other social insurance programs in the early years. On November 11, 1998, therefore, the regulations were relaxed to offer the Old-Age Farmers’ Welfare Allowance to all Class-A members of the Fishermen’s Associations who have enrolled in the Farmers’ Health Insurance Program or the Labor Insurance before November 12, 1998 and have received the old-age benefits from the relevant social insurance programs. The Class-A members of the Fishermen’s Associations who enroll in the Farmers’ Health Insurance Program or the Labor Insurance after November 13, 1998, however, are not eligible to the Allowance.
Also, to ensure effective utilization of the nation’s resources and maintain social justice, a regulatory change was made on December 21, 2011 to incorporate a wealth exclusion clause. The purpose is to render proper support to those elderly farmers who are genuinely disadvantaged in finance. To allow sufficient time to communicate about this with the farmers, fishermen and the public, the government has provided a one-year buffer period. The new regulations, therefore, are applicable to those individuals who apply for the old-age farmers’ welfare allowance after January 1, 2013. To further improve quality of life for farmers who have been making practical contributions to agricultural development for many years, the government has, as of July 16, 2014, increased the seniority requirement for the old-age farmers’ welfare allowance from 6 months to 15 years. Other qualification requirements are that the applicant must be a citizen of the R.O.C. who has his or her legal domicile therein and has stayed in the country for over 183 days in each of the last three years.

2. Eligibilities for Application

  (1) Farmers:
1.
 Applicants must be a citizen of the R.O.C, 65 years of age or older, with a legal domicile in the R.O.C., and who has stayed in the country for more than 183 days in each of the last three years.
2. Applicants who have been participating in the farmers’ health insurance program for 15 years or more at the time of application shall be entitled to the full payment of the allowance at NT$7,256. Applicants who were enrolled in the farmers’ health insurance program on or before July 17,  2014 and have been continuously participating in the program shall be entitled to a 50% payment of the allowance (NT$3,628) if they have been insured for more than six months but less than 15 years at the time of application. 
3. No applicant shall, in the meantime, receive any living allowance or subsidies from the government within the same period they are receiving the old-age farmers’ welfare allowance.
4. If the applicant is already receiving the old-age benefit of a social insurance program, the applicant should already have been participating in the farmers’ health insurance program as of November 12, 1998 or before, with no interruption in the period of insurance.
5. For applicants who start to apply for the old-age farmers’ welfare allowance on or after January 1, 2013, the applicant shall be entitled to the allowance if his/her total non-farming income for the preceding tax year does not exceed NT$500,000, or if the total value of house and land owned by the applicant does not exceed NT$5 million after deducting the value of “farm land”, “farmhouse” or the “sole house and land serving as the actual residence of an applicant who does not possess any farmhouse”.  (In case the sum of the assessed standard price and the publicly declared present value of the “sole house and land serving as the actual residence of an applicant who does not possess any farmhouse” does not exceed NT$4 million, the amount may be deducted in full; if the sum exceeds NT$4 million, only NT$4 million shall be deducted.) 

(2)

Fishermen:
1.
 Applicants must be a citizen of the R.O.C, 65 years of age or older, with a legal domicile in the R.O.C., and who has stayed in the country for more than 183 days in each of the last three years.
2. If the applicant is already receiving the old-age benefit of a social insurance program at the time of application, the applicant should have been participating in fishermen’s association as a category A member under the labor insurance program as of November 12, 1998 or before, with no interruption in either labor insurance coverage or as a Category A member of the fishermen’s association.  
3. No applicant shall, in the meantime, receive any living allowance or subsidies from the government within the same period they are receiving the old-age farmers’ welfare allowance.
4. For applicants who start to apply for the old-age farmers’ welfare allowance on or after January 1, 2013, the applicant shall be entitled to the allowance if his/her total non-farming income for the preceding tax year does not exceed NT$500,000, or if the total value of house and land owned by the applicant does not exceed NT$5 million after deducting the value of “farm land”, “farmhouse” or the “sole house and land serving as the actual residence of an applicant who does not possess any farmhouse”.  (In case the sum of the assessed standard price and the publicly declared present value of the “sole house and land serving as the actual residence of an applicant who does not possess any farmhouse” does not exceed NT$4 million, the amount may be deducted in full; if the sum exceeds NT$4 million, only NT$4 million shall be deducted.)
 

3.Standards of Payments

  (1) Farmers or fishermen eligible for the benefit will receive a monthly payment of NT$7,256 or 3,628, starting from the month of the claim till the month when the insured person dies.
  (2) The amount will be adjusted once every four years by comparing the accumulated growth rate of the consumer price index for the most recent fiscal year against the consumer price index of the preceding year published by the central budget, accounting and statistics institutions. No adjustment will be made when the accumulated growth rate is zero or negative.

4. Procedures for Applications

 

For those persons who are eligible, they shall, in the month they have reached the age of sixty-five, prepare the following documents and materials, and go to the farmers' or fishermen' associations they are affiliated with to fill out the application forms for payment of allowance for old-age farmers and fishermen:
  (1) The formal copies of I.D. cards of the applicants and each Xereoxed copy for the front and back page of the I.D.
(2) Seals.
(3) Passbooks for the account held by the farmer/fisherman with the credit departments of the farmers’/fishermen’s associations or the banks/post offices assuming the business of such credit departments.

5. Other Matters that Attention Should Also be paid:

  (1) The living assistances or allowance paid by the Government mentioned above mean: living subsidies for low-income households; living allowance for senior citizens of semi-low income; living subsidies for disabled persons; payments of living for veterans and those who have received subsidy or sheltering arrangement from the government;and other living subsidies or allowance payable monthly under other titles.
(2) The old-age benefits from social insurance programs mentioned above mean: old-age payments for the Government Employees' and School Staffs' Insurance(before May,31,1999); old-age benefits of the Labor Insurance; retirement payments for Military Personnel Insurance; and National Pension Insurance old-age pension benefits.(It’s applicable to old-Age farmers while filing their applications after August 18,2013)
(3) When those farmers and fishermen receiving the Old-Age Farmers Welfare Allowance die, their statutory successors shall, within thirty days of the occurrence of the specific events, submit all the related documents and materials, and report to the grass-root farmers' or fishermen' association they were affiliated with. The associations concerned shall fill out the application forms of disqualification and inform the Bureau.
(4) In the event that an individual has received the allowance which he/she is not qualified for, the money received should be reimbursed within 30 days after the occurrence of the event, either by the insured person or by his/her statutory successor. The insurer may refer to the court for compulsory execution under law if the insured fails to reimburse the money as required.
(5) For those unclaimed allowance belonging to the deceased old-age farmers and fishermen, their statutory successors may, within six months after the days of their death, prepare copies of the registration of households with the registration of the death of the recipients and copies of the registration of households of the successors, to apply for receiving these allowance. In the event that there are over two successors, they shall additionally prepare joint authorization and acknowledgement documents and only one of them is able to apply for receiving these allowances.
(6) Currently, the designates accounts for receiving the Old-Age Farmers Welfare Allowance are limited to accounts opened with the credit departments of the farmers’ or fishermen’s associations or the post offices. Bank accounts can be accepted, however, if the bank has assumed the business of the aforementioned credit departments. If the insured person wishes to change the designated account with the credit departments/banks/post offices for receiving the allowance, he/she should, before 5th of the month, submit the following documents in person or by mail through the farmers’ associations to the Bureau ( Finance Section, Delegated Functions Department, TEL: 02-23961266 Ext. 2347) at No. 4, Section 1, Roosevelt Road, Taipei City (FAX: 02-23956649). Please mark on the document: “Application for Change of Designated Account” and the contact method for the applicant.
1. Photocopy of the passbook cover.

2.Photocopy of personal ID (both sides)
   

 

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