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I wonder if you have miscalculated my salary?

When you apply for adjusted daily allowance, you may receive a decision that may make  your salary appear to be bigger than it actually was. It is understandable that you may think there was a mistake. Often this is due to a specific adjustment period, and the calculations in the decision are correct.

Specific adjustment period

Sometimes your adjustment period may include days for which you are entitled  to a full daily allowance or no daily allowance at all. These days will make your  adjustment period shorter. That will result in so-called specific adjustment period.

According to the law, a specific adjustment period requires that the income paid during the period is converted to correspond to the calculated monthly income.

This is how it is done

First we divide the salary by the number of calculated working days included in the adjustment period. The result is multiplied by 21,5.

Let’s look at a special adjustment period with five calculated working days. The salary of EUR 300 paid for the period is converted as follows:

  1. EUR 300 / 5 = EUR 60
  2. EUR 60 x 21.5 = EUR 1,290

  3. EUR 1,290

So, EUR 300 earned during five calculated working days corresponds to earning EUR 1,290 in a month.

In other words, the earned income mentioned in your decision is not the salary that was actually paid to you, but the calculated monthly income.

However, the reducing effect we applied to the daily allowance is not bigger than the effect of actual income. We only make the conversion when we need to shorten your usual adjustment period. This means that we only apply the reduction, or adjustment to the days for which we pay you an adjusted daily allowance. For the rest of the days in your  application period, you will receive no daily allowance or a full daily allowance, depending on your situation.

Example 1 The effect of the converted salary

In the example, a person's income is EUR 500 during a 10-day adjustment period. When converted, it corresponds to a monthly income of EUR 1,075.

Converted salary and the adjusted daily allowance calculated using the converted salary during the specific adjustment period:

Daily allowance EUR 67.93
Specific adjustment period 10 days
Earned income during the adjustment period EUR 500.00
Exempt amount EUR 300/month
Monthly coefficient 21.5
Earned income per day during the adjustment period EUR 50/day (EUR 500.00/10 days)
Converted monthly income EUR 1,075/month (EUR 50/day X 21.5)
Adjusted daily allowance EUR 49.91 (EUR 67.93 - ((EUR 1,075.00/month - EUR 300.00/month) / 2) / 21.5)

If we did not convert the salary, we would have to convert the exempt amount:

Daily allowance EUR 67.93
Specific adjustment period 10 days
Earned income during the adjustment period EUR 500.00
Exempt amount EUR 300/month
Monthly coefficient 21.5
Calculated exempt amount for a 10-day adjustment period EUR 139.53 (EUR 300.00/month / 21.5 / X 10 days)
​​​​​​​Adjusted daily allowance EUR 49.91 (EUR 67.93 - ((EUR 500.00 - EUR 139.53) / 2) / 10 days)

Although the salary is converted, its effect on the daily allowance is the same as the effect of the actual earned income.

Example 2 The effect of the converted salary

Together with the earned income, the adjusted daily allowance must not amount to more than the salary that is used to calculate the daily allowance. The salary that is used to calculate the daily allowance is defined per month. In order to compare the salary and the earned income, we must convert the earned income to correspond to the monthly income.

Salary that was used to calculate the daily allowance EUR 2,500.00/month
Specific adjustment period 10 days
Earned income during the adjustment period EUR 1,200.00
Monthly coefficient 21.5
Earned income per day during the adjustment period EUR 120.00 (EUR 1,200.00 / 10)
Converted monthly income EUR 2,580.00/month (EUR 120.00 X 21.5)
Comparison EUR 2,580.00/month > EUR 2,500.00/month = no daily allowance will be paid

If we did not convert the earned income, we would have to convert the salary to correspond to the length of the adjustment period:​​​​​​​

Salary that was used to calculate the daily allowance EUR 2,500.00/month
Specific adjustment period 10 days
Earned income during the adjustment period EUR 1,200.00
Monthly coefficient 21.5
Earned income per day that was used to calculate the daily allowance during the adjustment period EUR 116.28 (EUR 2,500.00 / 21.5)
Salary during the specific adjustment period EUR 1,162.80 (EUR 116.28 X 10)
Comparison EUR 1,200.00 > EUR 1,162.80 = no daily allowance will be paid

Although the salary is converted, its effect on the daily allowance is the same as the effect of the actual earned income.​​​​​​​

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