IBB program will be technically changed, from April 6th 2020 it will
again be possible to submit applications via the IBB portal. The
program is currently paused. Some of you have not yet applied for
emergency aid. If you are concerned, it is advisable to make this
application. If your position is on hold, the position remains. If
you have already submitted an application for Corona grants, you
cannot apply for another grant.
The federal and state
governments have made further simplifications at the weekend.
Emergency aid (up to 9,000.00 - up to 5 employees - or up to
15,000.00 -10 employees), agreed:
The application deadline for the
emergency aid will be extended until the end of May 2020 and
help according to SGB II is no longer a reason for exclusion from
receiving immediate help.
Emergency aid is
not a loan and therefore does not have to be repaid.
applicants (self-employed, freelancers and small businesses with up
to 10 employees):
You must run a domestic operation
with a German tax office and
to be permanently active on the
The activity must be carried out in the main
The specific liquidity aid is based on the
credibly insured liquidity bottleneck for the application period (3
months). If the landlord has reduced the commercial rent by at least
20%, the subsidy that may not have been exhausted can also be used
for two additional months (i.e. for a total of 5 months ).
applicant must assure that the Corona measures made emergency aid
necessary in March 2020 and that the income is not sufficient to pay
the short-term obligations arising from operating and financial
expenses (e.g. commercial rent, lease, leasing expenses). As of
December 31, 2019, the applicant companies must not have been in
The emergency aid is implemented by
the federal states, LBB is responsible for Berlin and ILB for
The emergency aid program deliberately foregoes a
demanding and bureaucratic application process. However, the
information must be correct. Incorrect information leads to
To ensure that the subsidy
benefits companies in full, it is not taken into account in the tax
prepayments for 2020.
The subsidy is taxable, but will only
have an effect once the tax return has been submitted in 2020, i.e.
IBB Grant: Application is today, March 27th possible:
subsidy from the State of Berlin (€ 5000.00) is granted on top! You
can apply for both grants. It is important:
for self-employed persons (federal government) up to 9,000.00 or up
to 15,000.00 depending on the number of employees (up to a maximum
of 10 employees in the company)
is necessary to specify what, for example rent and other ongoing
costs such as leasing payments, for example: financing investments,
servicing other loans to build capacity
aid package II for companies with up to 5 employees, subsidy max.
5000.00: the application form comprises 4 pages, one reason must be
stated on one page. “Corona” is not enough, for example, the
reason would be: no more revenue, slump in sales
to the current status, the grants are unfortunately subject to income
tax. You must be recorded as tax-free income in your 2020 income
is currently no support package for landlords. However, it is under
discussion and a demand to support this group of people affected.
companies in other federal states, the application must be made via
other portals. Applications were possible here a few days ago.
The government and administration come up with new
regulations and impulses every day to deal with the corona
After the federal government has decided on the aid
package for the solo self-employed, the Bundestag decides today, the
Federal Council is expected to approve on Friday.
It is likely
that it is necessary to prepare and submit a liquidity plan to apply
to IBB. In the appendix you will find a tool with which you can
already prepare it.
link for the
online channels are overloaded. It is recommended that applications
be made early in the morning or late in the evening.
decision on a support package is expected in the next few days for
The grants are expected to flow as early as
April. Funded are companies whose existence is threatened and which
are experiencing a liquidity shortage.
The following amount is
- for companies with up to 5 employees: one-off payment
of € 9,000.00
- for companies with up to 10 employees: one-off
payment of € 15,000.00
It is also planned that partial
amounts may be made available as loans. Whether subsidy or loan will
be checked after the current status.
A total of 3 million has
been earmarked for this support, so applications should be made as
soon as possible.
In addition, KfW's lending has improved.
KfW now has to cover 90% of the risk, up to now it was 80%.
are requested not to cancel loans in the event of corona-related
liquidity shortages. Some banks have already responded and offer
self-employed and freelancers the possibility to suspend the
repayment of current corporate loans for up to 6 months.
and adjustment requests also create liquidity.
Short-time work benefit 2020
Basically, the goal of short-time
work is that employees temporarily work fewer hours in order not to
be given notice. This can be the case, for example, if deliveries are
missing due to the corona virus and the working time has to be
reduced as a result, or if state protective measures ensure that the
company is temporarily closed. This benefit must be requested by the
based on the order of quarantine
compensation according to the Infection Protection Act exists for
both practice owners and employees, provided that the practice is
prohibited for reasons of infection protection law (Section 56
Infection Protection Act).
compensation claims is the prohibition of employment or the ordering
of quarantine for reasons of infection protection law. The level of
compensation for self-employed people depends on their loss of
earnings. In addition to the loss of earnings, the self-employed can
also be compensated for operating expenses "to a reasonable
extent" (Section 56 (4) Infection Protection Act). Practice
owners must also apply for this.
Compensation for salaried
employees also includes wage payments during the quarantine measure.
There is an incapacity to
work as soon as a practice employee who was previously symptom-free
falls ill during the quarantine. Then the compensation claims (e.g.
entitlement to continued payment) pass to the federal state. In the
event of incapacity to work, an AU certificate is required despite
If workers are quarantined
but show no symptoms, the employer must first pay the compensation.
If necessary, however, it can be reimbursed by the responsible
The claims under the
Infection Protection Act are subsidiary to all other claims for
financial replacement, i.e. supportive. This should definitely be
taken into account when applying! So other claims must first be made.
Help for solo
Help is also offered for
the self-employed. According to Section 56 of the Infection
Protection Act, they too can apply to the competent authority for
"adequate replacement of the uncovered operating expenses that
continue during this period". The prerequisite is that the
company or practice is at rest during an ordered quarantine.
More information can be
A liquidity aid from 19.3.
is being planned. A non-repayable grant in the amount of € 5.000,00
- € 30.000,00 should be applied for as an immediate package for
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State continues to pay
There are proposals for a
temporary basic income.
Measures to strengthen those affected are published
daily and almost every hour. Here is the information taken from the
- You no longer need to register in person to
apply for unemployment benefit and basic security. The application
for basic security can be thrown in by throwing it into the house
mailbox; telephone applications should be possible.
- It is possible to reduce your health insurance
contributions and contributions to the German pension insurance; an
application is required for this. My support for you: I would be
happy to create a certificate of the expected reduced income.
- The application for short-time work allowance is
possible: the employee receives 60% from the employment office, the
employer can increase up to 100%. It could be calculated here
whether the short-time work supplement would be a more favorable
result than the exemption under continued payment of wages.
- Many medium-sized and large companies face
bankruptcy because the going concern principle could no longer be
confirmed as of the balance sheet date on December 31, 2019. Here,
the federal government has suspended the deadline for applications
until the end of September. Until then, the economic situation can
normalize again. Let's hope the best!
- The German Orchestra Foundation has set up a
fundraising campaign for freelance professional musicians - donation
account at: www.orchestersiftung.de
- Applications for bridging loans can be submitted
to KfW Bank.
The economically drastic measures taken by the corona
virus caught us cold.
During this time, the tax office is also
accommodating and understanding. Therefore the following is agreed as
"tax liquidity aid for companies":
- The granting of deferrals is made easier. If the
confiscation would be a severe hardship, the tax revenue offices can
defer taxes. The tax authorities are instructed not to impose any
strict requirements. This supports the taxpayers' liquidity by
postponing the timing of the tax payment.
- Prepayments can be adjusted more easily.As soon
as it becomes clear that taxpayers' income is likely to be lower in
the current year, tax prepayments are reduced quickly and easily.
This improves the liquidity situation. Here, too, I can make an
application for you.
- Enforcement measures (e.g. attachment of
accounts) or late payments are waived until December 31, 2020, as
long as the debtor of a tax payment due is directly affected by the
effects of the Corona virus.
you can find general information about the new SARS
CoV 2 coronavirus. Here you will find answers to frequently asked
questions and hygiene tips.
Here are contact details for important contacts:
Federal Ministry of Health information phone on the
(Quarantine measures, handling suspicious cases,
Telephone: 030 346465100
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to
Hotline for general business-related questions about
the corona virus:
Telephone: 030 18615 1515
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can also find important information and contacts
on the website of the Berlin Senate Administration at
You can also find more information on the IHK Berlin
Important contacts are also:
On health issues:
Corona hotline of the Senate Department for Health,
Nursing and Equal Opportunities: 030 9028 2828
On liquidity support (from March 18, 2020):
Investment Bank Berlin, hotline: 030 2125 4747
For online funding inquiries via the guarantee bank:
Concerning short-time work benefits:
Federal Employment Agency, service hotline for
employers: 0800 45 555 20
For general economic questions in connection with
Corona: Federal Ministry of Economics, hotline for companies: 030