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The coronavirus and your company: Dutch government measures to help businesses

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Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK | Government.nl | Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

The coronavirus COVID-19, and the measures taken to restrict the spreading of the coronavirus in the Netherlands, mean significant loss of turnover for many businesses. This article lists the measures the Dutch government is taking to help entrepreneurs affected by the crisis. Check this page regularly for updates.

Second set of economic measures

On 20 May, the government announced new and additional economic measures for businesses. In a nutshell:

  • The extra support for self-employed professionals Tozo is extended: both the cost of living support and the business loan. The conditions for applying for Tozo 2 have changed; for instance, a partner income check will now be part of the procedure if you apply for support for the cost of living. Runtime 1 June – 31 August.
  • The Reimbursement Fixed Costs Scheme for SMEs aims to compensate selected SMEs with up to 250 employees for fixed costs other than wage costs. Applications is possible from mid-June, runtime 1 June – 31 August 2020.
  • The wage cost compensation scheme NOW is extended. The conditions for NOW 2 have been altered; one change if especially beneficial for businesses that rely on seasonal work. Businesses can apply for NOW 2 for the months June, July and August.
  • The corona modules of the credit guarantee schemes BMKB, GO, and KKC are extended. The budget for the Microcredit scheme is increased.
  • New funding is available for the startup scheme COL.
  • The tax measures (payment extension, no fines, hours criterion relaxed) are extended until 1 September. The tax collection and tax interest rates will remain close to zero until 1 October.
  • The government is launching several support measures for the career development and training of employees, self-employed professionals without staff (zzp-ers) and flex workers who have less or no work due to the corona crisis. The crisis programme 'NL leert door' (The Netherlands keeps learning) people will be able to take online courses and find self-development advice to help them cope with the new economic situation.

Financial aid

Coaching by Entrepreneurs Sounding Board

The Foundation Entrepreneurs Sounding Board (Stichting Ondernemersklankbord, OKB) offers free coaching to SMEs that have been affected by the corona crisis. Read how to apply.

Credits and guarantees

Expected measures

These measures have been announced, but have not yet been fully worked out or launched. Check this page regularly for changes.

  • Extra support for the cultural sector: The government is working out measures to provide extra support for crucial cultural organisations and events.
  • Flex workers: The government and the UWV have been working on a scheme to compensate flex workers that have been laid off after 1 March due to the corona crisis, and who cannot claim benefits. It is undecided as yet if the scheme will go ahead.
  • Small Credits for Corona Guarantee Scheme: SMEs with relatively small financial needs may be eligible for a bridging loan of up to €50,000 under the Small Credits for Corona Guarantee Scheme (Klein Krediet Corona garantieregeling or KKC). The scheme first has to be approved by the European Commission before you can turn to your credit provider.
  • Compensation for legal aid: Legal aid lawyers, mediators and curators who experience more than 20% income loss due to the corona crisis will receive additional compensation.

Closed measures

Tax options for entrepreneurs

The Dutch Tax Administration has taken several measures to help entrepreneurs. Are you having difficulty repaying taxes or bank loans? There are also possibilities for payment and tax and loan repayment extensions.

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 first 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.

Several municipal and regional taxes have also been extended:

Tools

If you need help finding out for which scheme you are eligible, try using one of the following tools:

  • The Measure checkerExternal link: an intreractive pdf by the KVK and Business.gov.nl that guides you through 5 questions, in English.
  • The Corona CalculatorExternal link: employers organisation VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland have prepared this tool to help you find the schemes you're eligible for, and calculate their impact on your financial position. In Dutch.
  • KrijgiktozoExternal link: a tool to see if you are eligible for the temporary benefit for self-employed professionals Tozo. In Dutch.
  • Rekenhulp omzetverliesExternal link (Turnover loss calculator): this tool helps you find if if you qualify for the NOW scheme. In Dutch.

Relaxation of measures for businesses

On 6 May, the Dutch government decided to gradually relax the rules from 11 May onwards. Read this article to see the timeline that indicates which businesses may re-open in the coming months, if the virus remains under control.

General health measures

  • All public events are cancelled until 1 September.
  • People are strongly advised to work from home until further notice. People in so-called ‘vital professions’ may still go to work. Until schools and daycare centres re-open on 8 June, special arrangements are made for the children of people in so-called ‘crucial professionsExternal link’ (in Dutch). Contact your municipality or safety region for information, or check the RIVM and Rijksoverheid pages.
  • There are travel restrictions in place for travel into the Netherlands. The restrictions apply to all non-EEA travellers without valid residence permits or visa, and will be in place at least until 15 June. The EU has appealedExternal link to its members to prolong the restrictions until then. An exception to the ban is in place for food, medicine and medical equipment transports. Read the article on The Netherlands and youExternal link for full details on who is and who is not allowed to travel into the Netherlands.

To protect your employees, your clients, and yourself, follow the RIVM adviceExternal link:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow
  • Use paper tissues
  • Don't shake hands
  • Keep at least 6 feet distance from each other

Information and advice

You can turn to these organisations for further information and advice:

General health

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM

Government.nl

Business

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) Coronaloket

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

TechLeap.nl

Travel / immigration /emigration

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

The Netherlands and You

International resources

European Commission

World Health Organization (WHO)

FME, technology sector organisation

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK
Government.nl
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO