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Final subsidy statement from the artists' social security fund


As a self-employed artist, or journalist, you are entitled to subsidies from the artists' social security fund under certain conditions. The subsidies cover the costs of your private or voluntary statutory health and long-term care insurance.

You may be eligible for these grants if you:

  • are subject to compulsory insurance through the artists' social security fund and
    • are exempt from the statutory health and long-term care insurance obligation, or
    • no longer have access to statutory insurance.

You will receive the grants on a monthly basis as a provisional grant. In other words, they are advance payments on top of the final grant.

At the end of each year, you will receive a final grant statement. It is based on:

  • your actual contributions to your private or voluntary statutory health and long-term care insurance, and
  • your actual income, if applicable.

The Artists' Social Insurance Fund compares the provisionally paid subsidies with the actual entitlement to the subsidy. This may result in additional payments or reclaims.

If you do not submit the information and documents in time, the Artists' Social Insurance Fund will reclaim the subsidies you have provisionally paid. In addition, you will lose your current subsidy entitlement.

If you submit the documents subsequently, a late grant settlement is possible. In this case, you can again receive a provisional monthly subsidy.

Process flow

The settlement of your provisional grant is possible if you can prove your final costs for private or voluntary statutory insurance. For this purpose, you will receive a letter with a questionnaire from the artists' social security fund in April.

Note: If the Artists' Social Security Fund has all the necessary information and documents, you can receive the statement of the subsidy earlier. To do this, you must submit the information and documents accordingly earlier. This is possible from 01.01 of a year for the previous year.

You can submit the required information and documents to the Artists' Social Insurance Fund either online or by post.

Online Communication:

  • Access the online form on the Federal Portal verwaltung.bund.de. This will guide you step by step through the necessary information, which you can enter electronically.
  • Note: For the online form, you need a valid ELSTER certificate to register. Alternatively, you can use your electronic identity document.
  • It will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete the online application.
  • First, fill in your personal details, including your policy number. These can be found on the letters from the artists' social security fund at the top right.
  • On the next page, you will first find general information on the topic of "Final calculation of the contribution subsidy".
  • In the following, you will be required to provide information on your grant entitlement as well as your actual contributions and upload the corresponding evidence.
  • If you are not insured for a pension through the artists' social security fund, you must also provide information on your actual annual income.
  • You can also adjust your current monthly contributions if necessary and upload proof of the changed amount.

Notification by mail:

  • Fill out the answer sheet for health and long-term care insurance expenses for the past year in full.
  • If you do not have the answer sheet or have not yet received it, it is also possible to send an informal message.
  • If you use the answer sheet, please pay attention to all the information that was sent to you together with the request.
  • Check whether you need to send a certificate of monthly contributions in addition to the total amounts.
    • If necessary, request this certificate from your insurance company. A note to this effect can be found in the letter from the artists' social security fund.
  • If you are asked about your final income, please enter the values additionally.
  • Send the completed answer sheet or your informal message with the attachments to the artists' social security fund.

Upon receipt of the form, the answer sheet or your notification, the Artists' Social Insurance Fund will check your information and the attachments and make a final statement of your contribution subsidies for the previous year. You will receive the invoice from the artists' social security fund by post.

If you have any questions, the Artists' Social Insurance Fund will contact you by post.

Requirements

  • You must have received subsidies for the expenses of your private or voluntary statutory health and long-term care insurance in the past year.

Which documents are required?

  • Completed online application, reply form or informal notification
  • Proof of the actual expenses for your private or voluntary statutory health and long-term care insurance. You will usually receive this certificate automatically at the beginning of the year:
    • from your private insurance company, or
    • in the case of voluntary insurance: from your statutory health insurance company.

If applicable, an additional certificate of monthly expenses if you have not received subsidies for the entire year. You can obtain this certificate from your health insurance company on request.

What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The complete documents for the final grant statement must be submitted by 31.05 of the following year.

Appeal

  • Contradiction
    Detailed information on how to lodge an objection can be found in the notice of the artists' social security fund.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Professionally released on

13.07.2023

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)