At the federal level, there are still software problems that make it impossible to forward the applications to the state, said Economics Minister Bernd Buchholz (FDP) in the state parliament’s economic committee. According to Buchholz, these problems should probably be resolved this week.
Much criticism from the Association of Self-Employed
In some cases, there were already payments on account for solo self-employed, whose applications were processed by a tax advisor. But that would not be enough, emphasizes the Federation of Self-Employed in Schleswig-Holstein. It is good that there is help for the economy, but the quality of the regulations is terrible, emphasizes association manager Wolfgang Koll.
The self-employed Hans Frick from Lübeck also sees it that way. He owns a clothing store in the city center and has to pay 15,000 euros a month in running costs. He has three employees who are also waiting for their money. That is why he is now making use of his savings and is currently using them to pay his employees.
17 million euros in emergency aid repaid
The federal corona emergency aid from spring 2020 had to repay around 2,800 applicants in Schleswig-Holstein in whole or in part. A spokesman for the Schleswig-Holstein Investment Bank announced on Wednesday that the applications had been withdrawn, and some recipients also paid back amounts voluntarily. The amount of emergency aid in the northernmost federal state has been reduced by around 17 million euros to 394 million euros.
Individual self-employed persons, freelancers and small businesses could apply for help in spring 2020 until the end of May. The maximum amounts were up to 9,000 euros for a maximum of five employees and up to 15,000 euros for a maximum of ten employees.