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The Corona support measures: a few trivia facts

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Extension of strategic transformation support Covid-19 is extended

Companies developing COVID-19-related medical products or services such as drugs or protective clothing can temporarily apply for higher Strategic Transformation Support (STS) from VLAIO. The support percentage will be increased from 8 to 50%. Whereas STS investment support is normally only possible for SMEs, large enterprises are now also eligible.

Applications for support under this temporary extension could initially be submitted until November 1, 2020 but the deadline is now extended to May 1, 2021.


Exemption and deferral of social contributions for the self-employed

Self-employed persons who, due to economic difficulties, can no longer pay their social contributions may request an exemption from social contributions for all quarters of 2020, upon reasoned request.

In addition, on request, one can also obtain a payment extension, and this for both the (1) provisional, and (2) definitive contributions.

After obtaining approval, social contributions must be paid no later than the following times:

  • 31/03/2021 for the contribution of the 1st quarter of 2020;
  • 30/06/2021 for the contribution of the 2nd quarter of 2020;
  • 30/09/2021 for the contribution of the 3rd quarter of 2020;
  • 15/12/2021 for the 4th quarter 2020 contribution.


However, the following dates apply to a payment deferral obtained for the regularization of social contributions of 2018:

  • 31/03/2021 for regularizations with initial payment deadline on 31/03/2020;
  • 30/06/2021 for regularizations with initial payment deadline on 30/06/2020;
  • 31/03/2021 for regularizations with initial payment deadline on 30/09/2020;
  • 15/12/2021 for regularizations with initial payment deadline on 31/12/2020.


Note, however, that those who enjoy an exemption do not accrue pension rights for the quarters in question, unless one still pays the social contributions within the five years.


Abolish VAT December advance in 2020

We would like to draw your attention once again to the fact that under the corona support measures, as a taxpayer (both for monthly and quarterly filers) one is not required to pay the usual December VAT advance in December 2020. The VAT due for the last declaration period will be paid in full by the 20th day of the month following that declaration period, i.e. the VAT for those periods is only due in full by January 20, 2021.


Warning: premium COVID-19: beware of phising by mail!

We were notified by our professional federation that scammers are currently at work emailing citizens in the name of the Federal Public Service Finance.

This with the message that on July 10, the government decided to grant each household a sum of €202.68 to offset their energy and water bills. To get this premium, one needs, as part of a "verification process", their bank card or card reader.

Definitely do not respond to these! These emails are attempts at fraud. 


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