Many companies, self-employed people and freelancers have been affected by closures and major revenue losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Comprehensive assistance is available to support them.
Stimulus programme Episode 1: The mayor
The months of crisis since the outbreak of the pandemic have been weighing heavily on the mayor of the northern German city of Kiel, both on him as an individual and as a public figure with responsibilities for the city's inhabitants. Now Ulf Kämpfer, PhD, wants to make Kiel a model city for sustainability and digital technology. In the video, he explains how the stimulus package is helping him …
Stimulus programme Episode 4: The event managers
The Covid-19 pandemic came as a real blow to the events sector. When all events were cancelled, Nadine Bortscheller and Ann-Kathrin Schmidt at first lost sleep over the situation. In the video, the two women explain why burying their heads in the sand was not an option, and what they want future policy to look like.
Stimulus programme Episode 2: The single mother
When the Covid-19 pandemic started, single mother Yasemin Arpaci was caught unawares. She and her son were initially forced to manage the burden all on their own. In the video, she tells the story of how the two of them coped and what support they had.
Stimulus programme Episode 3: The theatre director
When Oliver Tautorat was forced to shut his theatre in March 2020, his first reaction was one of fear: In this video, Oliver tells us how he, as a creative, was able to overcome the shock, which of the stimulus measures have allowed him to stay afloat until now, and how he plans to get back on track despite some big challenges.
Small and medium-sized businesses hit particularly hard by the coronavirus crisis can now apply for temporary aid as part of Germany’s comprehensive stimulus package.
Coronavirus Emerging from the crisis with full strength
VAT in Germany will be reduced for a temporary period starting on 1 July 2020. The German Bundestag and Bundesrat have passed the Coronavirus Tax Assistance Act, which implements key parts of Germany’s unprecedented stimulus package. On top of the reduced VAT rate, measures include a bonus for families with children as well as extensive tax relief for single parents, businesses and other …