Brief overview of Notfall-KiZ (emergency child supplement)
Families on low incomes are entitled to child supplement (Kinderzuschlag) payments of a maximum of 185 euros per month and child. This is in addition to child benefit (Kindergeld). Whether an income is low or sufficient for a family depends on many factors. These include, for example: the question of how many parents and children there are in the family, the age of the children and the cost of accommodation. For example, a couple with two children, accommodation costs of 700 euros and a family income between around 1,600 and approximately 3,300 euros of joint gross income (net income of approximately 1,300 to 2,400 euros) is considered to be on a low income. If the cost of accommodation is higher, families on higher incomes might also be eligible. If your family income falls within this range, it is highly likely that you are entitled to child supplement.
So far, the average income of the previous six months has been providing the basis for calculation.
In the context of the coronavirus crisis, child supplement has now been adapted and turned into an emergency child supplement, called Notfall-KiZ. It is to provide rapid help in situations where families suffer a loss of income and suddenly have only a low income. The following regulations apply:
- For applications made between 1st April 2020 and 30th September 2020, only the income of the month preceding application is checked as opposed to the income of the previous six months. This means that for applications made in April, the income of March is relevant, and for applications in May, the income earned in April. In this way, we can react more quickly to loss of income at short notice.
- Furthermore, parents no longer have to provide information on their net worth if they do not have considerable net worth. This regulation makes application easier. It might therefore be possible for child supplement payments to be higher.
Only families on low incomes are entitled to child supplement. This remains unchanged. The income ranges do not change.
Furthermore, the fact that information has to be provided on the income of the children and on the cost of accommodation of the families when applying continues to remain unchanged. This information is taken into consideration when entitlement is assessed and the amount of child supplement is calculated.
All regulations concerning Notfall-KiZ are planned for the period between 1st April and 30th September 2020. They are part of the social protection package of the Federal Government. They also relieve the pressure on the Family Benefits Office of the Federal Employment Agency so that it has more capacity to deal with Notfall-KiZ.
Using KiZ-Lotse at www.arbeitsagentur.de is a simple way of finding out whether child supplement or Notfall-KiZ is an option for you. You can apply online for Notfall-KiZ with the Family Benefits Office at www.kizdigital.de. For additional information go to www.notfall-kiz.de.