To keep your business up and running, it may help if you can get a payment extension from your financer, or a longer period for paying your taxes. The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, other government organisations and financing organisations such as banks and ROMs have measures in place to help you.
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Tax payment extension at the Dutch Tax and Customs AdministrationUntil 1 October 2021 it was possible to request a special tax payment extension from the Tax and Customs Administration. From 1 October 2021, you will have to meet your tax obligations again. This means that you have to pay your assessments on time again. The taxes that you have not yet paid jointly form your tax debt. The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration offers you a payment arrangement.
Paying your taxes in instalments Businesses will have 36 months in which to pay the taxes they were granted the extension for, starting (at the latest) on 1 October 2021. On the Tax and Customs Administration website, you will find more information (in Dutch) on the special payment extension.
Decrease provisional assessmentIf you pay a monthly provisional assessment for income or corporate tax, you can lower it if you expect less income in the near future. Are your earnings increasing again? Make sure that you change your provisional assessment. This prevents you from having to pay additional costs with your final assessment.
Decrease provisional assessmentRead on Belastingdienst.nl how you can change your provisional assessment (in Dutch).
Unblocking the g-account for payroll taxes and VAT
Companies that post, lend or second employees and use g-accounts, can ask the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration to have these accounts unlocked. Due to the corona crisis, the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration can also temporarily release amounts that are reserved for (additional) assessments of payroll taxes or VAT.
Postpone your payments
Do you have a business loan from the bank? Several banks grant their customers postponement of 6 months on loans of up to €2.5 million.
Request a postponementAsk your bank what the arrangements and options are.
Mortgage repaymentsYour bank can grant you a mortgage payment break of 6 months, which will unburden you both in interest and repayments. Normally, you would have to catch up the repayments before 31 December 2021. Given the exceptional circumstances, it will be made possible for you to spread the eventual repayments over alonger period (for instance, over the entire mortgage period, or over a period of a few years). Discuss your options with your bank. You can make your request until, and included 30 September 2021.
Qredits provides microcredits to small businesses and self-employed professionals. Entrepreneurs who have a loan will receive a 6 month repayment extension for their loan. Qredits also reduces interest to 2% over this period.
Are you a member of a sector organisation? Several sector organisations have prepared templates for requests for extensions of payment for rent, loans and other financial obligations. Or they offer advice and help to businesses that encounter difficulties when asking for payment extensions. Contact your sector organisations to find out how they can help you.
Call the Tax Information Line
Since the information on the tax options offered to entrepreneurs during the coronavirus crisis is mostly only available in Dutch, it would be wise to consult the Tax Information Line if Dutch isn't your primary language. The number for resident entrepreneurs is +31 (0)800 0543; non-residents can call +31(0)55 538 53 85.
It is also a good idea to ask someone - your accountant, for instance - to help you.