COVID-19

The coronavirus and your tax affairs. All news items at a glance.

Deputy Minister releases policy statement with corona crisis tax measures

By letter dated April 14, 2020 sent to the Lower House of Parliament, the Deputy Minister of Finance released a policy statement that further elaborates on the emergency tax measures by means of the granting of several specific approvals.

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Expansion and further easing of deferral of payment for businesses

Besides VAT, personal income tax, payroll tax and corporate income tax, the temporary deferral policy now applies to tax on games of chance, insurance premium tax, the landlord levy (verhuurderheffing), environmental taxes (energy tax/surcharge for sustainable energy (Opslag Duurzame Energie; ODE), coal tax, waste tax, tax on tap water), customs duties, excise duties (mineral oils, alcohol and tobacco), consumption tax on non-alcoholic drinks and similar taxes in the Dutch Caribbean.

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Transfer Pricing in the eye of the COVID-19 storm

In these turbulent times, it is very important to keep a close eye on your transfer pricing policy. We've listed the most important things you should consider when it comes to your transfer pricing matters.

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Conditions announced for ‘Temporary emergency bridging measure to retain jobs’

The scheme provides for compensation for payroll costs if an employer expects and ultimately experiences a decline in turnover of 20% or more as a result of the corona crisis. Compensation will be granted in relation to the decline in turnover and will amount to 90% of the eligible payroll costs.

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Customs measures in response to COVID-19

The Dutch Customs Authorities announced a package of measures to support companies that are affected by the corona crisis. These measures are intended to support those that are temporarily facing difficulties in meeting their payment obligations under the applicable customs & excise regulations and that may fail to comply with the respective deadlines and formalities set under these regulations.

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Corona measures focusing on wage tax and social security

In a letter dated March 17, 2020 sent to the Lower House, the government announced a number of important measures. The government wishes to use these bridging measures to support employers and self-employed persons during the period in which the economic consequences of the coronavirus are felt. In our brochure we summarize the specific measures that could be relevant for you as an employer.

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Further easing of deferral of payment for businesses during the corona crisis

On March 19, 2020 the Deputy Minister of Finance, Hans Vijlbrief, informed the Lower House that every business that is faced with financial difficulties as a result of the corona crisis will be eligible for a deferral of payment with regard to their tax debt. As soon as the business has filed the request, the collection of their VAT, personal income tax, payroll tax and corporate income tax debts will be put on hold. The deferral  of payment for businesses during the corona crisis will apply, in principle and automatically, for a period of three months.

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COVID-19 measures: Schengen area on lockdown for non-EU residents

On March 17, 2020, the EU heads of government decided that travelers from outside the European Union will no longer be allowed to enter the Schengen area, unless it is absolutely necessary for them to do so. The Netherlands has followed this up by closing its borders to citizens from outside the EU from March 19, 2020 at 6.00 p.m. The entry ban has now been extended to June 15, 2020.

 

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Additional corona crisis measures by the government (emergency package covering jobs and the economy)

With the passage of time, the corona pandemic is having an increasingly dramatic effect on the Dutch business community. The measures announced by the government on March 12, 2020 proved to be inadequate. For this reason, in a letter dated March 17, 2020, the government announced, in principle for the coming three months, additional measures to further support Dutch employees, self-employed persons and the Dutch business sector. These complement or extend the measures of March 12, 2020 and are discussed in our memorandum.

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