Can an employer ask employees to accept a wage sacrifice due to the corona crisis?

Can an employer ask employees to accept a wage sacrifice due to the corona crisis?

Unilateral changes to wages of employees are subject to very strict rules A company which faces setbacks and gets into financial trouble will look for measures that can make the company financially healthy again. A wage sacrifice by employees can be such a measure. However, if employees do not wish to participate in this, a…

Compensation of 4,000 Euro for Entrepreneurs in Affected Sectors

Compensation of 4,000 Euro for Entrepreneurs in Affected Sectors

Source: Rijksoverheid.nl and kvk.nl The Entrepreneur Affected Sectors Allowance COVID-19 (TOGS) is 1 of the 9 emergency measures of the cabinet to support entrepreneurs during the corona crisis. The TOGS is for entrepreneurs who are directly damaged by various government measures to contain the COVID-19 virus. Duped entrepreneurs receive a one-off payment of € 4,000…

Expansion of the SME Loan Guarantee (BMKB)

Expansion of the SME Loan Guarantee (BMKB)

In order to help SME entrepreneurs affected by the corona crisis, the rules for the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme (Borgstelling MKB-kredieten, BMKB) have been relaxed. This adjusted regulation is called the BMKB-C. The measure allows businesses to borrow money from the bank under more favourable conditions, for example in order to be able to continue…

Banks grant entrepreneurs deferment of interest and loan repayments

Banks grant entrepreneurs deferment of interest and loan repayments

Several banks have announced to spare smaller entrepreneurs Smaller businesses that are fundamentally sound will be granted a maximum six-month grace period on their current loans of up to EUR 2.5 million. These are customers of ABN AMRO, ING, Rabobank, Volksbank and Triodos Bank.This measure is intended to give smaller enterprises some air and is…

More flexibility for the Labour Market in Balance Act / premium differentiation Unemployment Benefit (WW)

More flexibility for the Labour Market in Balance Act / premium differentiation Unemployment Benefit (WW)

Two extensions apply here: 1) Since 1 January, employers pay a low WW (unemployment benefit) premium for permanent contracts and a high WW premium for flexible contracts as a result of the Labour Market in Balance Act (Wab). On 9 December 2019, the Minister of SZW announced that employers will have until 1 April 2020…

UWV opens NOW counter on Monday 6 April, 9.00 a.m.

UWV opens NOW counter on Monday 6 April, 9.00 a.m.

Employers who wish to qualify for the temporary Emergency Measure Bridging Employment (NOW) can submit an application to the UWV from Monday 6 April at 9.00 a.m. onwards. The UWV expects tens of thousands of applications per day. Maintaining employment in difficult times The NOW scheme is intended to retain as many jobs as possible…

Reduction in customary salary for director-major shareholders (DGA) of a private limited  company (BV) due to corona crisis

Reduction in customary salary for director-major shareholders (DGA) of a private limited company (BV) due to corona crisis

If you are a director of a private limited company (Besloten Vennootschop or BV) and you own at least 5% of the shares in this limited company then you have to pay yourself a customary salary. The height of the salary depends on your situation, but in principle it is at least € 46,000 (in…

Questions about the Guarantee Entrepreneur Financing (GO)

Questions about the Guarantee Entrepreneur Financing (GO)

The Guarantee Entrepreneur Financing (GO) is one of the government’s measures to support entrepreneurs during the corona crisis. What is the GO scheme? The GO scheme stands for Guarantee Enterprise Financing. The scheme is for companies that have problems obtaining a loan from the bank. With the GO scheme, the government helps companies (SMEs and…

Payment problems due to corona crisis? Postponement of payment of tax assessments possible for entrepreneurs including self-employed persons.

Payment problems due to corona crisis? Postponement of payment of tax assessments possible for entrepreneurs including self-employed persons.

Updated 3 April 2020 The Dutch Tax Authorities are taking measures to mitigate the consequences of the corona crisis for entrepreneurs. Are you an entrepreneur or freelancer and do you have payment problems due to the corona crisis? Then you can ask the Tax Authorities for special extension of payment of outstanding tax assessments. You…

Questions about the Temporary Emergency Measure Bridging for Employment (NOW)

Questions about the Temporary Emergency Measure Bridging for Employment (NOW)

In Dutch: Tijdelijke Noodmaatregel Overbrugging voor Werkgelegenheid (NOW) Go to our page about the financial measures around the Corona crisis Companies that suffer loss of turnover due to the corona crisis can be reimbursed up to 90% of their wage costs by NOW as from 1 March. This scheme is all about the people. That…

Conditions for temporary emergency regulations for self-employed entrepreneurs announced

Conditions for temporary emergency regulations for self-employed entrepreneurs announced

Go to our page about the financial measures around the Corona crisis The conditions of the Temporary Bridging Scheme for Independent Entrepreneurs (Tozo) have been published. The scheme is implemented by municipalities and will continue until 1 June. Self-employed people can make use of two facilities from the Tozo: income support and a loan for…

6 tips to keep your payment obligations under control

6 tips to keep your payment obligations under control

Your business is liquid if you can meet all payment obligations in the short term. But the developments surrounding the coronavirus affect your bank account. You see your income falling, but the bills, interest and taxes still have to be paid. Right? With these 6 tips, you can keep your payment obligations under control. Make…

Possibility to postpone the payment of pension contributions for employers

Possibility to postpone the payment of pension contributions for employers

Deferral of pension premium Pension providers will compensate employers who are or have come into immediate problems as a result of the corona crisis as much as possible if they experience problems when paying the pension contributions without affecting the rights of employees. The Labor Foundation and the organizations of pension providers, the Pension Federation…

Frequently asked questions about the financial measures which the Dutch government is taking to maintain employment during the Corona crisis – Update 17 March 2020

Frequently asked questions about the financial measures which the Dutch government is taking to maintain employment during the Corona crisis – Update 17 March 2020

What tax measures does the government take for entrepreneurs?   It is possible to apply for special deferral of payment for tax debts . After the request has been received, the Tax Authorities will stop the recovery measures. Individual assessment of the request will take place later. The usual deferral requirements remain. However, a “third expert” statement does not have to…

Unemployment benefit during reduction of working hours

Unemployment benefit during reduction of working hours

This information is provided by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO If you run a business in the Netherlands and you don’t have enough work for your staff due to exceptional circumstances, such as the Corona virus, fire, flooding or a trade boycott you can apply for a reduction of working hours (werktijdverkorting, WTV) permit. This…

Can an employer arrange a workplace at home for the employee tax free?

Can an employer arrange a workplace at home for the employee tax free?

If an employee has to work from home – for example because of the coronavirus – the employer can set up that home workplace tax free if certain criteria are met. For the workplace at home, reimbursement, benefits or provision within the so called work-related costs scheme (WKR) are subject to a specific exemption for…

Mandatory Disclosure Rules / DAC6

Mandatory Disclosure Rules / DAC6

As of July 1, 2020, the European Mandatory Disclosure Rules (MDR) / DAC6 directive applies. As a result of the Dutch implementation of this directive, intermediaries and / or taxpayers must report potentially aggressive international tax arrangements to the tax authorities. These are tax constructions involving residents of different countries and may be used to…

Fiscal and economic measures related to the Corona virus

Fiscal and economic measures related to the Corona virus

On 12 March 2020, the Cabinet informed the House of Representatives that it will take a number of measures to mitigate the negative economic consequences of the corona virus for companies. 1. Reduction of working hours Companies that are affected by the coronavirus outbreak and meet a number of conditions may be eligible for the…