|Employment Bridging Emergency Fund (NOW):
What is NOW?Due to extraordinary circumstances, like the coronavirus, you have less or no work for your employees. You can apply to the Employment Bridging Emergency Fund for a substantial compensation for their wages. In this way, you can continue to pay employees with permanent and temporary contracts.
The Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) will pay you an advance.
You can claim the compensation for 3 months, with the possibility to extend it for a further 3 months. You can claim the compensation for turnover you have missed from 1st of March onwards.
You may also use the NOW if your company experiences turnover loss due to other causes than the coronavirus outbreak.
For full conditions and compensation rules, please go here.
SME credit guarantee scheme (BMKB)
If you have a business in the Netherlands and employ no more than 250 workers (you have an SME), you may be eligible for a guarantee for part of a loan through the SME credit guarantee scheme (BMKB). The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy stands as guarantor. This will enable you to borrow more than would otherwise be possible based on your collateral.
Information on conditions and how to apply can be found here.
Extension of Business loan guarantee scheme (GO)
The Business loan guarantee scheme (Garantie Ondernemingsfinanciering, GO) makes it easier for large and medium-sized companies in the Netherlands to borrow substantial amounts of money. Capital providers receive a 50% guarantee from the government. The maximum term for the Business loan guarantee scheme is maximum 8 years.
Full information and conditions can be found on this page.
Support for self-employed professionals (Bbz / zzp in Dutch)
The financial support for self-employed professionals (Bbz) will be extended and the requirements for applying will be relaxed.
A temporary provision, available for at least 3 months, will help out entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals who have a viable business but are going through a rough patch. The provision is based on the financial support for self-employed professionals scheme (Bbz), but several requirements will be relaxed. Self-employed professionals can apply for support in the shape of additional livelihood support and/or a business capital loan.
The scheme will be executed by the municipalities. Self-employed professionals who want to make use of the scheme can apply at the municipality where they are registered.
Information announced on Tuesday 17th of March tells us that self-employed professionals will be able to apply for 3 months of financial support, up to ‘social minimums’:
– € 776 for individuals sharing a house,
– € 1219 for singles,
– € 1653 for those who are married or have a cohabitation contract.
More information on the exact rules, requirements and procedures for application for this will be announced over the coming days as the backend of this new system has to be set up. We will keep you updated on our social media channels if news is announced.
If you are a self-employed professional and you are in direct financial problems, you can contact the customer service of SZW on 070) 353 75 00. Please be aware that it is very busy at the moment!
Entrepreneurs who have a loan from microcredit provider Qredits do not have to repay their loan for a period of 6 months. During this period, the interest will be reduced to 2%. The government supports Qredits with 6 million euros.
Taxation – Call the Tax Information Line
Since the information on the tax options offered to entrpreneurs udring 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.
- You can apply for a payment extension for income tax, corporate tax, payroll tax, and turnover tax (VAT). The Dutch Tax Administration will put on hold any measures in place to collect payment immediately upon reception of your request.
- You will not have to pay any fines for late payment. Also, it is not necessary to send in any proof straightaway. You will have more time for this.
- The normal collection interest rate for paying after the payment term has passed will be decreased from 4% to nearly 0% temporarily. This applies to all tax debts. The tax interest rate will also temporarily be set to the lowest possible percentage for all entrepreneurs.
Read more about the Dutch Tax Administration measures to help entrepreneurs (in Dutch).
Apply for a reduction of your provisionary assessment
Do you expect lower profits due to the coronavirus, and are you currently paying a provisionary assessment for income tax or corporate income tax? You can change your provisionary assessment. If you want to change your income tax provisionary assessment, go to the online portal for individuals: MijnBelastingdienst (in Dutch); to change a corporate tax provisionary assessment go to the business portal: MijnBelastingdienst Zakelijk (in Dutch).
Bank Loans – credit lines
The minstery of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Dutch Banking Association are in close contact to see how they can support individuals and business alike.
On this website, you will find their latest statement as well as links to most banks and their news around corona.
Chamber of Commerce
The chamber of commerce also has a website setup with information and put an corona phone number online to answer questions: 0800-2117.
Phone number available until the 20th of March for now from 08:00 till 20:00 for all business questions and help to understand which measures apply to you and your business.
Website in English.