COVID-19

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

Customs measures in response to COVID-19

On March 26, 2020, 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

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 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 for 30 days

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 will follow this up by closing its borders to citizens from outside the EU from March 19, 2020 at 6.00 p.m.

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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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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 virus is spreading in the Netherlands. We attach great importance to the health and well-being of our colleagues and their families, customers and business associates. Preventing infection with the COVID-19 virus therefore has our top priority. A specialist team within Meijburg is therefore following the situation and anticipating possible future scenarios. We are following the guidelines of trusted sources, such as the WHO and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environmental Protection (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu; RIVM). Based on this, Meijburg has taken various measures to prevent possible infection with the COVID-19 virus.

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Tax and economic measures relating to the coronavirus

The corona pandemic will also have a profound impact on the Dutch business community. The financial and economic consequences may also be considerable. By letter dated March 12, 2020 the government therefore announced several measures to support the business community. We discuss these measures, also mentioning several other tax points to consider and actions to take that could generate liquidity.

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