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Changing the income estimate for the artists' social security fund

Insofar as you are insured or entitled to subsidies as an artist or as a self-employed journalist through the artists' social security fund, you can change your income estimate at the artists' social security fund at any time.

By submitting a new income estimate, you can adjust your contribution amount to your new situation.

When changing your income estimate, please keep the following in mind:

  • Always give your income estimate in full euro amounts.
  • If you expect a loss, enter EUR 0 as your expected annual income.
  • Changes to the income estimate are possible both upwards and downwards.
  • Changes in the income estimate are possible several times a year.

As a rule, a change in your income estimate will affect the calculation of contributions from the month following receipt of the notification.

Process flow

You can submit your request online or by post. Please note that you can only update your income estimate from January to November of each year.

First of all, determine your new income expectations for the current year on the basis of your income earned so far and taking into account your future order situation.

Online Communication:

  • Access the online form on the Federal Portal 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 about 10 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 "income estimation".
  • You can then enter your updated projected annual earned income.

Notification by mail:

  • Fill out the PDF form "Notification of change in expected income from work" on the website of the Artists' Social Insurance Fund.
  • Please also include your insurance number. These can be found on the letters from the artists' social security fund at the top right.
  • Print out the completed PDF, sign it and send your notification of change to the Artists' Social Security Fund.

You will receive written confirmation of the change in your income estimate. You may receive a new post notification.


  • They must currently be subject to compulsory insurance through the artists' social security fund.
  • The income expectation from your artistic or journalistic activities has changed.

Which documents are required?

  • Completed online application or PDF form with changed calculation basis

What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Please inform us immediately of any changes to your estimated annual income from artistic or journalistic self-employment. The change can only be taken into account for the current year if it is received in the period from January to November of a year.

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: No

Online services available: Yes



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



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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