Third set of corona support measures for entrepreneurs

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The Dutch government has announced an extension of the support measures for businesses. The new, third set of support measures comes into effect on 1 October, and spans a longer period than the previous ones: businesses will be able to claim support to help them cope with the corona crisis until the summer of 2021. There will be new conditions in place for some schemes. Read what changes per financial measure on this page.

Please note: the information on this page will continue to be updated as details emerge.

NOW 3.0: wages compensation scheme extended

If you employ staff, and your business loses turnover due to the corona crisis, you will be able to continue to claim compensation for wage costs from the Employee Insurance Agency UWV. New conditions will apply:

  • To apply for the first period of NOW 3.0, you must have a turnover loss of 20% or more. This percentage will be increased to 30% per 1 January 2021 for the second and third 3-month periods.
  • You will need to apply for NOW 3.0 every 3 months: 1 October 2020, 1 January and/or 1 April 2021.
  • The compensation in wage costs will gradually be reduced: from a maximum of 80% in the first 3 months (October - December 2020), to a maximum of 70% in the second period (January - March 2021), and a maximum of 60% in the third period of 3 months (April - June 2021).
  • To compensate the previous measure, there will be an option to gradually reduce the total wage sum by 10, 15 and 20%. Businesses can decide themselves how they want to reduce the wage sum.
  • If you dismiss staff due to economic reasons, this will no longer lead to a reduction in the NOW compensation sum you receive.

NOW 2.0 has now closed for applications. It is expected that NOW 3.0 will open for applications on 16 November. Read more about the new NOW scheme.

Tozo 3: means test introduced for self-employed professionals scheme

The Temporary bridging measure for self-employed professionals, Tozo, will be extended until 1 July 2021. You can apply for income support or a business loan: this remains the same.

What is new, is that to apply for the Tozo 3 scheme, as it is called, you will have to pass a means test as well as the partner income test that was introduced for Tozo 2.

Means test

The means test is set up to ensure self-employed professionals can continue their business. What this means: the amount of money readily available to you, so cash, the balance from bank and savings accounts, shares, options and obligations, will be counted. If you have over €46,520 in these types of funds, you will not be able to apply for Tozo 3. Other assets, such as your private and business premises, protected pension sums, machinery, and supplies that you need to continue to practice your profession and keep your business viable, will not be counted in this means test.

Exploring the labour market

Tozo 3 will allow municipalities to offer self-employed professionals support in finding a new or different occupation. From 1 January 2021, municipalities will assist you in re-schooling and coaching, according to your needs.

From Tozo 2 to Tozo 3

You can apply for Tozo 2 until 30 September, in your municipality of residence.

Read the article on Tozo to find out more about the new Tozo 3 and the conditions that apply.

TVL: Reimbursement Fixed Costs SMEs continued

Do you run an SME with no more than 250 employees, and does your business suffer more than 30% per 3 months due to the corona crisis? Then you can apply for the continued Reimbursement Fixed Costs SMEs scheme, or TVL, after 1 October. You can apply for TVL for a period of 3 months at a time, until 1 June 2021. To be eligible, you need to meet a set of conditions. This set of conditions has been revised since the first instalment of TVL, and may be revised every 3-month period.

The main differences between the first and second instalments of TVL are:

  • After 1 October, you will be able to claim up to €90,000 per 3 months.
  • The turnover loss percentage required to apply is now 30%. This percentage will increase to 40% for the 3-month period January - March 2021, and to 45% for the 3-month period April - June 2021.
  • Businesses can apply every 3 months, so in total 3 times until 1 July 2021.

Read more about the terms for TVL.

Credit guarantee and loan schemes remain available

The following credit guarantee schemes for businesses will remain available after 1 October:

  • Credit Guarantee scheme for SMEs BMKB-C
  • Business Loan Guarantee scheme GO-C
  • Bridging loans for small companies KKC

Tax Administration: 2 years to pay taxes for which a special extension was granted

You can apply for a special payment extension for several taxes to the Tax and Customs Administration until 1 October 2020. You will be awarded a 3 month extension, and will have to start paying in January 2021 at the latest (sooner if you were granted the extension at an earlier date than 1 October). You will be given 2 years in which to pay the full amount.

Read more about the Tax Administration corona measures in the article Tax and Customs Administration corona measures for businesses and employees.

New measures

  • The government wants to stimulate investment, to foster economic growth. Public investments to the sum of €2 Billion (for example infrastructure projects) will be pushed forward. Also, the government will invest in a national scale-up facility and make €150 Million available to supplement the Regional Development Societies' (ROMs) funding capability, so that they can continue to support innovative SMEs. Thirdly, the government has allotted €255 Million to co-financing EU programmes aimed at regional development, innovation, sustainability, and digitalisation.
  • A special compensation scheme will be set up for zoos that find themselves near the brink of bankruptcy, while financially sound before the corona crisis. This scheme is under construction.
  • Travel guarantee funds that offer consumers security that they will either be refunded the travel sum or receive a voucher if their booked trip is cancelled, will receive financial support from the government. This aims to help guarantee funds other than the SGR, that already received financial support.

More support for cultural sector

The government will support the cultural sector with extra funds, above and beyond the 'general' financial measures for businesses:
  • €200 Million will be allotted to cultural institutions that are crucial to the national infrastructure, artists and creative professionals.
  • €150 Million will be available to municipalities, to support the crucial local cultural infrastructure.
  • €64 Million will be available to maintain cultural heritage collections, offer guarantees for film productions, and help cultural and funding institutions bridge financial difficulties.
See the news item on Rijksoverheid.nlExternal link (in Dutch) for more details.

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