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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.

Financial aid

  • NOW2: From 6 July, employers with more than 20% turnover loss can apply for the Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Sustained Employment (NOW,Tijdelijke Noodmaatregel Overbrugging voor Werkbehoud) to receive up to 90% compensation of their employees' wages over the months June through September. NOW1, for the months April through June, is now closed.
  • Tozo2: Self-employed professionals can apply for Tozo2, the temporary benefit to bridge the loss of income over the months June through September in the municipality where they live. Check with your municipality when you can apply.
  • TVL: The Reimbursement Fixed Costs Scheme for SMEs aims to compensate SMEs in selected sectorsExternal link for fixed costs other than wage costs, and replaces the TOGS measure, that closed on 26 June. Application is possible from 30 June through 30 October.
  • TOFA: The Temporary Bridging measure for Flex Workers or TOFA compensates flex workers that have been laid off after 1 March due to the corona crisis, and who cannot claim benefits. Application at the UWV. The TOFA opened on 22 June.
  • Extra support for the cultural sector: The government is has allotted €300 million to providing extra support for cultural organisations and events.

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.

  • 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.
  • NLWerktDoor: 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. From 1 July, employers and employees will be able to access the NLWerktDoor!External link (The Netherlands keeps on working) website to find free online courses and self-development advice to help them cope with the new economic situation.

Expired 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

The Dutch government has been gradually relaxing the rules from 11 May onwards. On 1 July, most restrictions will be relaxed considerably. This is sooner than was announced earlier. Read this article to see the timeline that indicates which businesses may re-open in the coming months, and which rules they have to follow. All dates are on condition that the virus remains under control.

Advice for employers

Are you an employer? Read the article Employer during the corona crisis to find out what you can and must do to keep the workplace safe.

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

General health measures

  • People are advised to work from home, if possible.
  • Everyone in the Netherlands who has symptoms of COVID-19 can apply for a testExternal link. If you or one of your employees starts having complaints that correspond with the coronavirus symptoms, stay at home and apply for a test.
  • The travel restrictions that are in place for travel into the Netherlands have been lifted for a small number of countries per 1 July (read which ones hereExternal link - in Dutch). For all other non-EEA countries, they remain in place until at least 15 July. The restrictions apply to travellers without valid residence permits or visa. 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. Tourists from a number of EU countriesExternal link can holiday in the Netherlands.

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