Good news: It’s finally here. The application process for Überbrückungshilfe III started in mid-February, and the coveted Neustarthilfe für Soloselbstständige followed last Tuesday.
We’ve had a look at the application form. If you have done the applications for November and Dezemberhilfe, the process will feel quite familiar:
- you need your Elster certificate to sign in
- you enter all relevant information
- you give your consent to a long list of legal disclaimers.
You’ll need your tax number, your tax office, the industry branch you are working in and your revenue (not your profit!) from 2019. So what’s new?
In this application, they ask for the date when you started working as a freelancer (Datum der Aufnahme der selbstständigen Geschäftstätigkeit). It must be before May 2020. Do you remember this date? You put it down in your tax number application form way back when you first registered your freelance business.
They ask for the income from non-freelance work in 2019. If you earned money from employment (e.g. a minijob, a part-time job with health insurance, etc.) in 2019, make sure you have your total income from that work at hand too. No need to do any further calculating. The website immediately lets you know how much money you will receive, assuming your application gets approved. For any questions about the specifics of Neustarthilfe, feel free to check out our explanation of Neustarthilfe in detail.
And one very important announcement: if you made a mistake in your Novemberhilfe or Dezemberhilfe application, you can submit a request to make changes to your application on the same website in just one click. The authorities will then check your request and possibly send you a proper form to fill out to make the change.