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Economic Relief Plans during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak | #corporatesecurity | #businesssecurity | #


Countries around the world are implementing emergency tax measures to support their debilitated economies under the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat.

Providing tax relief to the people and companies that are most affected, until the emergency abates, is welcome. Countries should consider tax relief measures because the health issue is creating a substantial economic shock. Taxes that require regular payments will impact the liquidity of businesses and households.

Therefore, governments should consider fiscal relief as a way of minimizing the economic impact from the health crisis.

As policymakers navigate this crisis, they should hue to the following principles:

  • Tax relief should be broad-based.  
  • Tax relief should be in keeping with good long-term policy. Distorting markets today will undermine the long-term recovery.
  • Using refundable tax credits today should be designed to bring forward future credits or deductions.
  • Policymakers should also use this opportunity to fix distortive tax policies that could impede recovery efforts.

The countries in the table below implemented or plan to implement tax relief for businesses and households affected by this health crisis. Note that all monetary amounts in this post are national currencies.

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Summary of Coronavirus Response Plans by Country (Country-by-Country Guide to COVID-19 Economic Relief Plans)
Country Delays Individual Taxes Business Taxes Consumption Taxes Other
Algeria

Corporate, consumption, and individual tax payments are extended to May 20

 

 

 

 
Australia

Delayed payroll taxes in some states, case-by-case deferrals for GST

 

Temporary immediate and accelerated expensing for business investment

Faster refunds and credits for GST

Relief payments to unemployed and other eligible individuals and subsidized loans for some businesses; six-month wage-subsidy of $1,500 every two weeks per employee

Austria

Case-by-case deferrals on VAT

Prepayment reduction

Prepayment reduction

VAT payment and deferment available by application; payment deadline of June 30 extended

 

Belgium

Corporate, income, and VAT payment deadlines extended for two months

 

Businesses may be eligible to receive early refunds from February’s tax filings by April 30; increased tax credit for prepayments

VAT filing and payment deadlines extended

 

Bulgaria

Filing and payment delays

5 percent deduction if taxes are filed and remitted by May 31, 2020

 

 

60 percent wage-subsidy for severely affected businesses

Canada

Payment deferrals for individuals and businesses; audits suspended for four weeks; ; federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) filings and payments are postponed until June 30 for payments due in March-May

 

 

 

Twelve-week wage-subsidy of 75 percent to all businesses; three-month wage subsidy of 10 percent to small businesses

Chile

Corporate tax payments, VAT, and income tax payments delayed until June 30

Targeted delays of taxes

Early tax refunds for small and medium-sized businesses

 

350 million Chilean UF in relief

China

 

 

Eight-year carryforwards for qualifying businesses (up from 5 years)

VAT reduced from 3 percent to 1 percent for small businesses until the end of May; VAT cut on supplies related to the outbreak

1.3 trillion Yuan relief package

Czech Republic

Deferrals on a case-by-case basis; until July 1; payroll tax and labor market contribution deadlines extended by four months

 

Two-year loss carrybacks

 

Wage-subsidy under certain circumstances

Denmark

Delay on VAT payments and four-month delay on labor contributions

 

 

 

Workers sent home can receive a 90 percent wage subsidy for three months; expansion of sick leave coverage

Estonia

VAT payment holiday until May 1

 

 

Interest penalties on late payments delayed for two months

70 percent wage-subsidy

European Union

 

 

Provided a temporary framework for member states that are providing state aid to businesses during the crisis

Waiving VAT and tariffs for imported medical equipment

€540 billion in financing and direct support for member states 
Finland

Corporate tax payments delayed

 

 

 

€27 million in health-care spending and €73 million in liquidity to businesses as well as broader loan guarantee programs; private-sector pension payments will be delayed and reduced

France

Suspension of payments for some taxes; direct tax payments delayed for three months

 

 

Accelerated VAT refunds

Wage subsidy for affected workers and a €1 billion solidarity fund for affected businesses

Germany

Case-by-case deferral options for businesses that apply by the end of 2020; advance payments delayed

 

Tax base reduction for trade taxes

2019 annual VAT return is postponed to May 31

Wage subsidies for affected workers as well as €50 billion in support for businesses and €500 billion in liquidity measures for businesses

Greece

VAT payments suspended for four months; some VAT payments postponed to August 31; social security contribution payments suspended until June 30; sales list filings for 2019 have been delayed to June 30

Refunds of advance tax payments are allowed

Businesses that do not lay off employees may withhold 25 percent of their VAT due in April

VAT reduced (from 24 percent to 6 percent) for goods related to addressing the outbreak

 

Hungary

Delay of social security contributions

Employees temporarily only liable for a reduced share of social security contributions

Employers temporarily not required to pay social security taxes

 

 

Iceland

Taxes originally due March 16 delayed to April 15; companies can apply to postpone VAT payments until 2021

 

Employers can postpone three payments of social security tax and withheld public levies at source until January 15, 2021

100 percent VAT refund through December 31, 2020 for the building sector

Part-time employees can receive unemployment benefits

India

Tax filing delayed to the end of June.

 

 

Faster refunds for GST and customs duties

Fiscal support of 150 billion rupees.

Indonesia

Six-month delay for income tax payments; corporate and income tax on imports delayed

 

Hotel and restaurant tax temporarily suspended; corporate income tax rate cut from 25 percent to 22 percent for 2020 and 2021, and to 20 percent starting in 2022 

Advanced VAT refunds to qualifying businesses from April-September’s tax period

Stock exchange tariffs are lowered to 3 percent

Iran

Three-month deferral for employee tax payments

 

 

2019 quarter 4 VAT returns are now due April 19 and qualifying businesses may apply to extend the deadline to May 20

Cash subsidy to the 3 million poorest Iranians

Ireland

Interest on late payments for VAT and “pay as you earn” (PAYE) suspended

 

Reimbursement program for payments to workers temporarily laid off or with reduced hours of €410 per week

 

€3 billion aid package including loans and direct subsidies; unemployment benefits are expanded from €203 to €350 per week

Israel

VAT filing and payment delayed until March 26; income tax filing deadlines delayed

 

 

Payment delay

NIS 15 billion allocated for pandemic response; NIS 8 billion for guarantee loans for small and medium-sized businesses

Italy

Extended deadlines through May 31 for affected areas

 

Qualifying businesses may defer their April and May tax payments until June 30

50 percent tax credit for sanitation expenses; banks have option to convert some loss deductions to tax credits

 

Japan

Income, consumption and gift tax deadlines are extended indefinitely

 

Qualifying businesses may delay consumption, corporation, and income taxes for one year

 

 

Latvia

VAT reclaim deadline extended to September 30 for non-EU countries; businesses can apply to delay tax payments until Jun 30; VAT payers can defer returns for up to one year

 

 

Affected businesses can apply to write off all outstanding VAT; VAT refunds are accelerated to 30 days after due date

Relief package for businesses facing decreased income due to the outbreak

Lithuania

Corporate and personal income tax delays

 

 

 

 

Luxembourg

Four-month deadline extension for all payments due after February 29 (corporate income, municipal business, and corporate net wealth taxes); businesses with financial difficulties can postpone all VAT payments reaching back to the start of the COVID-19 crisis

 

Case-by-case review of cancellation requests for first two quarterly tax payments for 2020

 

 

Malaysia

The due dates for making installments of tax (due on April 15) were extended to April 30 and the time for making monthly tax installment payments has been deferred for three months for small and medium-sized businesses and for six months for the tourism sector; the monthly tax installment payments to accompany CP500 form for March and May 2020 can be deferred without penalties

 

 

Exemptions from sales tax, services tax, and import duties

 

Mexico

Tax lawsuit deadlines extended until April 19; state and local tax authorities extended certain deadlines for compliance with tax return filings and tax payments

 

 

 

 

Netherlands

Three-month delay for personal tax, corporate tax, VAT, and other indirect taxes

Late payment interest fees reduced to 0.01 percent

Late payment interest fees reduced to 0.01 percent

Late payment interest fees reduced to 0.01 percent

Subsidies for 90 percent of wages for distressed businesses

New Zealand

Goods and Services Tax filing has been suspended

 

Reintroduction of depreciation deductions for commercial and industrial buildings; threshold for provisional tax increased; early claiming of R&D tax credits

 

 

Norway

VAT return payments are deferred from April 10 until June 10, and advanced tax payments delayed

Employee payroll tax rate reduced by 4 percentage points for two months; net wealth tax reductions

Two-year loss carryback introduced

Reduced VAT rate (12 percent lowered to 7 percent) retroactive to January 1; from April 1 a 6 percent rate will apply through October 31; air passenger flight tax suspended from January 1 to October 31

 

Poland

Personal income tax declaration delayed by one month; ability to defer social security contributions for three months; businesses can apply for a VAT payment deadline extension; corporate income tax deadlines extend to May 31

One-year carryback for individual taxpayers whose revenue in 2020 will be lower by at least 50 percent, when compared to 2019 revenue, subject to a ceiling of PLN 5 million loss

One-year carryback for corporate taxpayers whose revenue in 2020 will be lower by at least 50 percent, when compared to 2019 revenue, subject to a ceiling of PLN 5 million loss

Delay of SAF-T guidelines for VAT from April 1 to July 1

 

Portugal

Suspension of social security contributions for affected businesses; certain corporate tax deadlines extended three months; February monthly VAT returns, due on April 10, were postponed to April 17 and associated payments are not due until April 20 instead of April 15.

 

 

 

 

Romania

Annual profits tax deadline delayed from March 25 to April 25; taxes with deadlines after March 21 will not face penalties and interest until 30 days after the end of the state of emergency

 

 

VAT refunds process sped up

 

Russia

Small and medium-sized businesses can defer for six months all tax (except VAT) and social insurance payments; tax holidays for taxes and social security contributions until May 1 for companies engaged in tourism and aviation industries; tax audits are suspended until June 1

 

Social insurance rate reduced to 15 percent (from 30 percent) for salaries exceeding the minimum wage

Pharmaceutical and medical supplies and equipment will be exempted of import duties payments

 

Singapore

Corporate income tax payments are deferred for three months; GST payments delayed from April 11 to May 11

 

 

 

Property tax rebates will be given to hotels, restaurants, and affected stores; grants are being extended to support employers

Slovakia

Automatic deadline extensions for up to three months

 

 

 

 

Slovenia

Delay in corporate income tax from March 31 to May 31, and personal tax deadlines are postponed to June 30 

 

Options to reduce advance payments of corporate tax

 

 

South Africa

Up to 20 percent of payroll taxes can be delayed between April 1 and July 31; provisional tax payments can be deferred

 

Accelerated payments of employment tax incentives

VAT is waived on imports of essential goods

Tax subsidies are being provided for lower-income individuals
South Korea

Corporate tax filing deadline extended from April 4 to May 4; VAT filing and payment deferred up to three months

Tax deduction for personal credit card spending; temporary deduction increase from March 1-June 30

Corporate income tax reduction for small and medium-sized businesses in designated disaster zones

VAT filing threshold increased from KRW 30 million to KRW 48 million for 2020

Tax preferences for replacing cars

Spain

Tax deferrals for six months

 

 

 

€100 billion in loan guarantees

Sweden

VAT payments delayed by 12 months

 

Ability to reclaim tax payments made from January to March and repay them at a future date

 

Providing an SEK 300 billion aid package
Switzerland

VAT payment holiday through the end of 2020; federal income tax payments are delayed

 

Social security payments are deferred interest-free; other delayed tax payments are interest-free

 

Total of CHF 42 billion in aid; short-time work program expanded from 3 months to 6 months

Thailand

Personal income tax filing delayed from June 30 to August 31; business tax deadlines extended from March and April into May

Income withholding tax cut from 3 percent to 1.5 percent for six months; doubled tax benefit for investing in long-term mutual funds

 

 

Direct cash support to 3 million people

Tunisia

Corporate income tax filing deadline extended to May 31 (except for companies paying the 35 percent tax rate); circulation tax deadline extended to the end of April

 

Tax audits have been suspended, and tax debts can be postponed for companies affected by the outbreak

VAT credit refunds will be accelerated

 
Turkey

Six-month tax deferral for retail and transportation sectors; VAT returns due April-June have been delayed to June 27 for certain sectors; VAT declarations and payments due March 26 are extended to April 24; personal income tax deadlines extended to April 30

 

 

VAT on domestic air travel cut from 18 percent to 1 percent

Relief for pensioners

Uganda

Two-month extension to the corporate tax filing deadline; other taxes due March 15 became due March 31, and payments due April 15 are due April 30

 

 

 

 
Ukraine

Late payment interest fees for VAT are waived until the end of May; penalties and interest are waived for social tax payments from March 1 to April 30; annual income and asset tax returns delayed until July 1

 

 

VAT exemptions for imports connected to addressing the outbreak

 
United Kingdom

Wave business property taxes for 12 months for retail, leisure, and tourism sectors; delaying £30 billion in VAT payments until June 30; phase two of Making Tax Digital has been delayed for one year

Expanding Universal Credit and working tax credit by £1,000

Direct support for the self-employed aimed at replacing 80 percent of average earnings

Import taxes on medical equipment waived

 

United States

Tax payments delayed to July 15

Significant tax rebates for individuals and expansion of unemployment insurance coverage

Legislation that provides direct relief to businesses has been passed by the Senate

 

Short-term expansion of paid sick leave; total fiscal relief under negotiation could exceed $1 trillion

 


Algeria Coronavirus Tax Relief

Algeria has extended the deadlines for the provisional installments of corporate tax, consumption tax, and individual income tax to May 20, except for companies that report to the Large Taxpayer Department with deadlines that have not been extended.

Australia Coronavirus Tax Relief

Australia has announced federal relief proposals that total around $320 billion (AUD). State governments have also announced relief packages and in some cases deferrals of payroll tax payments (Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia).

The federal relief package includes direct payments to citizens. For job seekers impacted by the downturn, there will be payments of $550 every two weeks in addition to current income support payments. The government expects these payments to cost $14.1 billion. There is also a broad-based, $750 one-time payment to eligible recipients—this is expected to cost $4 billion. Individuals will also be able to temporarily access up to $10,000 from certain retirement accounts.

Through a new wage-subsidy scheme, employers will be able to receive a $1,500 payment per retained worker every two weeks. Businesses qualify for the subsidy if their revenues have fallen by 30 percent (50 percent for businesses with revenues greater than $1 billion) in the relevant time period relative to a year earlier. The subsidy will be in place for six months.

The aid packages provide relief to businesses through subsidized loans and central bank lending, and temporary relief from insolvency laws, immediate expensing (instant asset write-off), and accelerated depreciation.

Immediate expensing will now be available for assets costing less than $150,000 on a per-asset class basis. Eligibility is expanded to include businesses with annual revenues of less than $500 million (the current cap is $50 million). This measure applies until the end of June.

Accelerated depreciation will be provided temporarily for businesses with less than $500 million in revenues. In addition to current depreciation deductions, the policy allows an additional 50 percent deduction but only applies to assets purchased after March 12 and put into service by June 30, 2021.

Businesses subject to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) can apply for deferred payments if they are facing cash-flow challenges. Also, businesses that receive credits or refunds under the GST can switch from quarterly to monthly filings to speed up their refunds.

Austria Coronavirus Tax Relief

Austria is reducing income and corporate tax prepayments, deferring tax payments, allowing taxes to be paid in installments, reducing or providing relief from late tax payments, and suspending tax audits. For businesses that need to reduce working hours, labor subsidies are being provided. There is also direct aid being provided to sole proprietorships and family-owned businesses in addition to the tourism and cultural sectors.

For corporate tax payments, taxpayers can apply to have their advance payments reduced to zero or to receive a payment deferral or an installment plan. Applications can be submitted until October 31, 2020.

Value-added tax (VAT) payments can also be deferred on a case-by-case basis, and payments are not necessary while an application for deferral is pending with the tax authorities. The VAT payment due on June 30 is delayed until August 31.

Belgium Coronavirus Tax Relief

Belgium has adopted several measures to delay tax payments. Corporate and income tax payments deadlines are extended for an additional two months. There is also relief for late payments for tax liabilities prior to March 12. For businesses that demonstrate that payment difficulties are linked to the coronavirus outbreak, the government is providing a VAT payment plan that gives relief from penalties. A similar payment plan is available for payroll tax liabilities.

VAT filings have been delayed by two weeks and payments have been delayed by two months. The April VAT returns payment deadline was extended from April 15 to July 15.

Businesses in good standing may receive early refunds from February’s tax filing by April 30. In addition, businesses will benefit from an increased tax credit for prepayments made in Q3 and Q4 of 2020 for the assessment year 2021, provided there is no dividend distribution between March 12, and December 31, 2020 and there is no capital reduction or repurchase of shares.

Bulgaria Coronavirus Tax Relief

Bulgaria has extended deadlines for business taxes from March 31 to June 30. Personal income tax returns filed by traders and sole proprietorships will get an extension from April 30 to June 30. Individuals may be eligible for a 5 percent deduction if they file and remit their taxes by May 31. Businesses that have been most severely hit by C-19 measures or are suffering revenue losses greater than 20 percent compared to March 2019 are eligible for a 60 percent wage-subsidy for their employees.

Canada Coronavirus Tax Relief

Canada’s federal government is deferring tax payments for individuals and businesses. Any income tax amounts owed on or after March 18 and before September can be deferred until after August 31. In addition, post-assessment sales tax or income tax audits for small and medium businesses will be suspended for the next four weeks.

The finance ministry introduced a 75 percent wage-subsidy to employers for up to 12 weeks if their revenue has dropped by at least 15 percent compared to the same month last year (or compared to the average revenue for January 2020 and February 2020). The subsidy applies to the first $58,700 (up to $847 a week) of an employee’s salary. This subsidy will co-exist with a previously introduced temporary wage subsidy for eligible small businesses worth 10 percent of remuneration over three months.

Canada’s relief package also includes boosting its health system and giving direct support to households and businesses. Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) filings and payments due in March-May are postponed until June 30.

Chile Coronavirus Tax Relief

In Chile, the government has responded to the coronavirus by announcing a 350 million Chilean UF stimulus plan. President Sebastian Pinera has outlined a number of tax measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The monthly provisional payments of corporate income taxes are suspended until June 30, and payments for VAT and income taxes have been postponed until June 30 for companies with annual sales of less than 350,000 UF. Qualifying small and medium-sized businesses will receive an early tax refund in April. April’s tax payments for individuals with properties assessed less than 4 million UF have been postponed.

China Coronavirus Tax Relief

China has reduced its VAT from 3 percent to 1 percent for the cash accounting program for small businesses until the end of May. It also cut VAT on medical, catering, accommodation, hairdressing, and laundry services as well as on masks and protective clothing. China has approved about 1.3 trillion Yuan to boost its economy after the coronavirus disruption; this includes epidemic prevention and control, aid for unemployment insurance, and infrastructure for its public health system. Qualifying businesses can carry their 2020 losses forward for eight years (up from five years).

Czech Republic Coronavirus Tax Relief

The Czech Republic is waiving penalties and default interest for income tax payments until July 1. Late filing waivers for all taxes will be case-by-case. There is also a general waiver of penalties with respect to VAT statements.

Applications will also be considered for businesses that wish to cancel income tax prepayments, defer tax payments (for VAT or income tax), or extend their filing deadline for corporate income tax returns.

Payroll tax and labor market contributions payment deadlines in April through June are extended four months. If a business’s original deadline was July 10, it now is November 10.

Losses incurred in 2020 can now be carried back for two years (previously no loss carrybacks).

The government announced a new package that includes wage-subsidies for employees under quarantine, if a business is closed due to government order, or if a business experiences C-19-related economic difficulties. It also includes new loans and loan guarantees.

Denmark Coronavirus Tax Relief

Denmark announced three tax measures to boost business liquidity. The deadline for VAT payments has been extended (different deadlines depending on firm size) and companies will be granted four additional months to pay their labor contributions originally due through the end of June. The government is also lifting the ceiling on businesses’ tax accounts so that corporations won’t have to pay negative interest rates when placing cash in the bank. That limit is rising from the current level of DKK 200,000 to DKK 10 million until the end of November 2020.

Workers who are sent home will receive 90 percent wage support for three months. The government is also covering sick leave costs from the first day of leave.

Estonia Coronavirus Tax Relief

Estonia is suspending interest penalties on late corporate tax payments for two months. There is also a VAT payment holiday until May 1 and a 70 percent wage-subsidy (capped at €1,000 per month).

European Union Coronavirus Tax Relief

The European Union has provided fiscal support to member countries in the amount of €540 billion. This includes funding for countries to support health-related spending, financing for small and medium-sized businesses, and a temporary loan mechanism (SURE) to support short-time work programs in the EU.

VAT has been waived on imports of medical equipment including testing kits, protective equipment, and ventilators.

The EU has also provided a temporary framework for state aid measures. Member countries that are providing specific support to businesses and sectors have temporary flexibility for targeted measures relative to the state aid rules that would otherwise apply.

Finland Coronavirus Tax Relief

Finland is delaying corporate income tax payments. Additionally, the government is providing an extra €27 million in health-care spending and €73 million in liquidity to businesses. The government is also supporting loan guarantees for small and medium-sized businesses. The interest rate for late business tax payments is reduced from 7 percent to 4 percent. Private-sector pension payments will be delayed and reduced.

France Coronavirus Tax Relief

In France, the government is allowing companies to suspend payments of some social charges and taxes and is activating state-subsidized short-time work schemes. The next installment of direct tax payments is being delayed for three months. Additionally, no new tax audits will be started during the “lockdown period.” VAT refunds have been accelerated.

France has also bankrolled a €1 billion solidarity fund for affected businesses. In total, France has deployed a €45 billion relief package with an additional €300 billion in loan guarantees.

Germany Coronavirus Tax Relief

Germany will make it easier for companies to claim subsidies to support workers on reduced schedules to counter the effects of the pandemic. This is the same measure which was used to help prevent large-scale layoffs during the 2008 financial crisis.

Tax relief measures include broad deferral options and tax base reduction for trade taxes. Tax deferrals will be granted without interest, but taxpayers must apply before December 31, 2020. Late payment penalties are waived through the end of 2020. Advance payments for income tax and corporate tax are delayed until June 10. Trade tax advance payments are delayed until May 15. The 2019 annual VAT return deadline has been extended to May 31.

The government has also discussed implementing a reform to the solidarity tax (a 5.5 percent surcharge on high-income earners) in 2020 rather than in 2021 as previously planned.

Germany is also providing up to €50 billion in support for self-employed and small and medium-sized businesses, and up to €500 billion in liquidity measures for affected businesses.

The deadline for the 2019 annual VAT return has been postponed to May 31.

Greece Coronavirus Tax Relief

Greece will suspend VAT payments due at the end of March for four months, and VAT for businesses affected by the coronavirus are postponed to August 31. Companies’ social security contributions will be suspended until June 30. VAT reduction will be 6 percent from 24 percent for products related to preventing spread of coronavirus. The sales list filings for 2019 have been delayed to June 30.

On March 30, Greece passed a legislative act that will give a 25 percent reduction of assessed liabilities of tax payments with deadlines in the period of March 30-April 30, not including VAT or withholding. It allows for refunds of advance tax payments. It will also give VAT exemption for donations made to the government in support of relief efforts. Greece will allow VAT payers to withhold 25 percent of their VAT due in April if they do not lay off employees.

Hungary Coronavirus Tax Relief

Hungary is providing relief for social security contributions. Employers will not be required to pay the employer side of social security contributions (17.5 percent + 1 percent) from March through June. Employees will only be liable for their 4 percent health-care contribution rather than the total 18.5 percent social security contribution.

Iceland Coronavirus Tax Relief

Iceland is postponing payment deadlines for social security taxes and public levies. Taxes that were originally due on March 16 are delayed until April 15. No penalty or surcharge will apply if the payments are made by April 15.

 Iceland is providing businesses with relief by postponing VAT payments; companies may apply to postpone their VAT payments until 2021.

Unemployment benefits have been expanded to include part-time employees. On March 30, Iceland passed legislation that allows employers to postpone deadlines for up to three payments of social security tax and withheld public levies at source in the period of March 1–December 1 to the new deadline of January 15, 2021. It also allows businesses to postpone their real estate taxes up to three payments.

The government will give 100 percent VAT refunds through December 31 for the building sector.

India Coronavirus Tax Relief

India has provided a fiscal support package of 150 billion rupees focused on the health system’s response to the outbreak. State level fiscal support has also been announced. Tax filing has been postponed from March 31 to June 30 for income tax returns. There is also a reduced interest rate for tax payments made by June 30 and late filing penalties are waived. Goods and services tax (GST) deadlines for March, April, and May are extended to the end of June.

India is also working on a relief package for the airline industry including deferring aviation fuel tax. Refunds for Goods and Services Tax and customs duties will be accelerated.

Indonesia Coronavirus Tax Relief

Indonesia has waived income tax for individuals in the manufacturing sector with income below 200 million rupiah for six months as it seeks to boost purchasing power. The deadline for tax amnesty program submissions has been extended to April 30. A second stimulus package will allow firms to delay payments of corporate and income tax on the sale of imported goods. These measures will go into effect April 1st and last for six months. Also, to encourage tourism to certain destinations, a 10 percent hotel and restaurant local tax will be lifted for six months, with the central government compensating local governments for the expense. Qualifying businesses will receive advanced VAT refunds from April to September’s tax period. Indonesia’s stimulus package is about 33.2 trillion rupiah.

The corporate income tax rate will be cut from 25 percent to 22 percent for the 2020 and 2021 tax years, and to 20 percent beginning in the 2022 tax year. Stock exchange tariffs are lowered to 3 percent. The import tax payments are deferred for six months for certain businesses. The VAT, income tax, and transaction tax on electronic financial transactions will be imposed on nonresidents.

Iran Coronavirus Tax Relief

In Iran, employees can defer tax payments for the next three months, and the 3 million poorest Iranians will receive an additional cash subsidy. There will be additional tax relief for small to medium-sized enterprises. The 2019 fourth quarter VAT returns have been postponed to April 19 and qualifying businesses may apply to extend the deadline further to May 20.

Ireland Coronavirus Tax Relief

Ireland has instituted a broad relief program amounting to €7.2 billion. Relief includes waiving interest on late tax payments and a suspension of the relevant contracts tax. For small and medium-sized businesses, interest on late payments of January-February VAT and February-April Pay-As-You-Earn liabilities are suspended until further notice; returns must still be filed on time. Broad lending authority and specific relief for temporary layoffs is also included. Employers who temporarily lay off or reduce the hours of their employees due to the crisis will be eligible to get a refund from the tax authority for €410 per week for up to 12 weeks. The government is also providing sick pay of €350 per week for two weeks for qualifying individuals. Unemployment benefits have been expanded from €203 per week to €350 per week for individuals who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. For businesses affected by the pandemic, rates payments will be deferred until May 31.

Israel Coronavirus Tax Relief

Israel has allocated NIS 15 billion to respond to the pandemic. NIS 8 billion will go to guaranteed loans for small and medium-sized businesses. Unemployment benefits are expanded by waiving certain requirements.

Israel also delayed VAT payments for 10 days, from the scheduled March 16 date to March 26 for monthly filers, and from April 15 to April 27 for bi-monthly filers. The deadline for income tax filing and payments online is extended to July 30 and offline to June 30.

Italy Coronavirus Tax Relief

In Italy, tax deadlines have been extended for residents and companies in the so-called “red areas” of Italy. Also, all tax payments related to social security contributions, assessment, income, and wealth due between February 23 and April 30 were extended until May 31, and tax credits will be granted to companies that suffer a 25 percent drop in revenues. In addition, businesses will receive a 50 percent tax credit for sanitation expenses, such as daily cleaning services, masks, and other precautions that help stop the spread of new coronavirus.

Banks have been given options to take some loss deductions and convert them to tax credits.

On March 16, Italy announced a €25 billion package in response to the coronavirus. €10.3 billion will go to boosting unemployment benefits and assisting the self-employed with a €600 allowance for the month of March. It also allows parents to claim €600 for babysitting costs, or they may apply to extend parental leave for 12 days. €3.2 billion is dedicated to the Italian health-care system, which will cover hiring an additional 1,000 doctors.

Italy has announced that April-May VAT returns may be delayed until June 30 for businesses with a decline in revenue since March, specifically small businesses with at least a 33 percent decline and large businesses with at least a 50 percent decline. As of April 8, those same businesses may also defer payments of VAT, social security and welfare contributions, and withholding tax on wages and salaries until June 30.

Japan Coronavirus Tax Relief

Japan has extended the deadlines for individual income, consumption, and gift tax filing and payments indefinitely, and taxpayers are advised to pay and file when they can. Businesses with at least 20 percent decline in revenue since February may delay consumption, corporation, and income taxes for one year. Japan gives relief to companies whose sales have decreased at least 50 percent for a one-month or longer period by permitting the cancellation of taxable company status for consumption tax purposes. Japan has allocated ¥446 billion in response to the pandemic.

Latvia Coronavirus Tax Relief

Latvia has extended the VAT reclaim deadline for non-EU countries, from June 30 to the end of September. Latvia is granting tax delays including VAT payments to provide relief for businesses, which also must apply to delay their taxes until June 30. Businesses with a decrease in income due to the coronavirus that qualify can have tax payments deferred or staggered for up to three years, and the government will cover 75 percent of salaries of workers experiencing downtime because of the coronavirus from March 14-May 14.

Latvia’s support package is about €1 billion. VAT refunds are accelerated from the end of the tax year to within 30 days after the due date.

Lithuania Coronavirus Tax Relief

Lithuania has delayed the corporate tax and filing deadline until March 30. Businesses can revise their corporate income tax calculations based on projections for 2020 rather than the previous year’s results. Personal taxes have also been delayed from May 4 to July 1. VAT payers can defer returns for up to one year with no interest or penalty. VAT payers affected by the coronavirus crisis may apply to write off all outstanding VAT.

Luxembourg Coronavirus Tax Relief 

Luxembourg is allowing businesses to file requests for cancellation of the first two quarterly tax payments for 2020 (for corporate income and municipal business taxes), and there is a four-month deadline extension (for corporate income, municipal business, and corporate net wealth taxes) for all payments due after February 29, 2020. Businesses with financial difficulties can also postpone all VAT payments reaching back to the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

Malaysia Coronavirus Tax Relief

Malaysia is exempting accommodation services (including hotels) from the 6 percent services tax and providing sales tax exemptions and lifting import duties on equipment and machinery. The due dates for making installments of tax (due on April 15) were extended to April 30 and the time for making monthly tax installment payments has been deferred for three months for SMEs and for six months for companies in the tourism sector. The monthly tax installment payments to accompany CP500 form for March and May 2020 can be deferred without penalties. Cash or in-kind donations to approved projects to address the COVID-19 pandemic are tax-deductible and can be applied against the gross business income.

Mexico Coronavirus Tax Relief

Mexico has delayed deadlines for lawsuits in tax courts until April 19. The states of Nuevo León, Baja California, Colima, Durango, Mexico state, Jalisco, Hidalgo, Morelos, Puebla, Sonora, Quintana Roos, Zacatecas, as well as the federal district of Mexico City, have provided some form of tax relief and extended the deadlines for filing returns or paying taxes.

Netherlands Coronavirus Tax Relief

The Netherlands has created a blanket three-month delay for payroll, income, and corporate tax payments along with VAT. From April, the temporary deferral policy will also apply to tax on games of chance, insurance premium tax, the landlord levy, environmental taxes, coal tax, waste tax, tax on tap water, excise duties (on mineral oils, alcohol, and tobacco), and the consumption tax on non-alcoholic drinks. Late payments will face a reduced interest cost of 0.01 percent.

The government is also providing support for businesses that see a 20 percent reduction in revenues, at 90 percent of wage costs. There is also a €4,000 compensation payment available to businesses that were forced to close temporarily, and an expansion of government guarantees for loans to small and medium-sized businesses.

New Zealand Coronavirus Tax Relief

New Zealand has announced the reintroduction of depreciation deductions for commercial and industrial buildings to encourage investment. In addition, the threshold for payment of provisional tax will be increased to NZ $5,000 to reduce cash-flow pressure on small firms. Taxpayers can choose to receive refunds for research and development tax credits one year early. Fines and penalties for late filing of Goods and Services Tax (GST) have been suspended.

Norway Coronavirus Tax Relief

Norway has reduced the employee tax rate by 4 points for two months. Corporations will be allowed to deduct losses in 2020 to reduce tax payments in the two previous years. The reduced VAT rate (12 percent) will be temporarily lowered to 7 percent (originally lowered to 8 percent); this change is retroactive to January 1. From April 1 a 6 percent rate will apply until October 31. Tax payments for VAT and advanced tax payments for other businesses will be postponed. The first VAT return payments are deferred from April 10 until June 10. Net wealth tax payments will be reduced for those who own stock in loss-making companies. The tax on air passenger flights is suspended from January 1 to October 31.

Poland Coronavirus Tax Relief

Poland has extended the deadline for the new SAF-T VAT regime from April 1 to July 1. The government is also allowing accelerated VAT refunds. The personal income tax deadline is extended by one month, and businesses can apply to defer social security contributions for three months. Poland is offering VAT filers to apply for a liabilities write-off or a payment deadline extension. The corporate income tax filing and payment deadline has been extended until May 31. Corporate and individual taxpayers whose revenue in 2020 will be lower by 50 percent, when compared to 2019 revenue, can offset tax losses incurred in 2020 against their 2019 taxable income, subject to a ceiling of PLN 5 million loss.

In addition to these changes, there is a roughly PLN 212 billion relief package aimed at supporting the economy and the health-care system.

Portugal Coronavirus Tax Relief

Portugal has suspended social security contribution payments for companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. VAT and withholding tax payment schedules can be adjusted for businesses with less than €10 million in revenues in 2018 or a 20 percent reduction in revenues. February monthly VAT returns, due on April 10, were postponed to April 17 and associated payments are not due until April 20 instead of April 15. There will be no late filing penalties or payment interest charges.

Romania Coronavirus Tax Relief

Romania will suspend most tax audits, extend the deadline for an annual profits tax from March 25 to April 25, and speed up VAT refunds to help businesses. The government has declared that taxes with deadlines after March 21 will not be subject to penalties and late-payment interest until 30 days after the end of the state of emergency.

Russia Coronavirus Tax Relief

Russia will allow small and medium-sized businesses operating in certain industries to defer all taxes for six months, except for VAT and social insurance payments (only for micro-enterprises). Russia is also providing tax holidays for taxes and social security contributions until May 1 for companies engaged in tourism and aviation industries. Also, the social insurance rate will be reduced from 30 to 15 percent for salaries exceeding the minimum wage. Small and medium-sized businesses will be granted a three-month grace period for rent payments to the government. Pharmaceutical and medical supplies and equipment will be exempted of import duties payments. A moratorium on tax audits until June 1 is expected to be implemented. Other tax measures include a 13 percent income tax rate on interest accrued on deposits exceeding 1 million rubles (USD $12,700). The government is considering a review of some double tax treaties to impose a 15 percent tax on dividends from Russia.

Singapore Coronavirus Tax Relief

Singapore has deferred corporate income tax payments for April-June for three months so payments that were due in April are now due in July. Property tax rebates will be given to commercial properties affected by the coronavirus, such as hotels, restaurants, and stores. Qualifying employers can get a grant of up to 75 percent (25 percent in the previous budget support) of their gross monthly payroll from October to December 2019, capped at SGD 4,600 per employee per month. The foreign worker levy was waived for the month of April and a rebate of SGD 750 was granted for each work permit or S-pass holder. Goods and Services Tax (GST) payments due April 11 have been delayed to May 11.

Slovakia Coronavirus Tax Relief

In Slovakia, companies and individuals will receive an automatic tax payment deadline extension of up to three months.

Slovenia Coronavirus Tax Relief

Slovenia has adopted measures to delay tax filings and payments for businesses from March 31 to May 31. Businesses can also apply for a reduction in advance payments of corporate income tax.

Personal tax deadlines have been extended to June 30.

South Africa Coronavirus Tax Relief 

South Africa is providing relief for individuals by increasing the Employee Tax Incentive (ETI) for those earning below R6,500 by giving an increase of up to R500 per month from April 1 through July 31. The government is allowing for accelerated payments of ETI reimbursements from twice-yearly to monthly. Small businesses can delay 20 percent of pay-as-you-earn liabilities for four months.

VAT has been waived for imports of “essential goods” during the crisis.

From April 1 through July 31, small and medium-sized businesses can defer portions of employee taxes and provisional tax payments.

South Korea Coronavirus Tax Relief 

South Korea is cutting its VAT for small businesses by increasing the VAT registration threshold from KRW 30 million to KRW 48 million until the end of 2020. Tax incentives have been given for consumers replacing their cars early alongside a new tax deduction on personal credit card spending between March 1 and June 30. The corporate tax returns filing deadline is extended from April 4 to May 4. Measures for individual taxpayers include increased income deductions from March 1-June 30 and deferred VAT liability for some businesses from April 24 to July 27.

A corporate income tax reduction has been approved for businesses in designated disaster zones connected to the outbreak. Tax reductions can be up to 60 percent for small businesses and up to 30 percent for medium-sized businesses and are limited to KRW 200 million.

Spain Coronavirus Tax Relief

Spain approved tax relief for small and medium-sized businesses and self-employed persons. Those businesses will be able to defer income, corporate, and VAT tax obligations for six months without interest. Spain has also adopted a proposal in response to the coronavirus that allocates a €100 billion line of guarantees for businesses.

Sweden Coronavirus Tax Relief

Sweden is allowing businesses to reclaim January-March’s tax payments for one year and then repay them. Sick leave will be paid by the government for April and May. Sweden’s aid package is SEK 300 billion. Businesses’ VAT payments and other outstanding taxes have been delayed by 12 months.

Switzerland Coronavirus Tax Relief

Switzerland has adopted an aid package of CHF 42 billion for funding reduced work schedules and loan programs for businesses. Within the aid, small and medium-sized businesses will be able to receive loans of up to CFH 20 million. Businesses’ social security contribution payments are deferred interest-free. The late penalty and interest fees associated with VAT will be waived through the end of 2020, although taxpayers must apply to have their payments deferred. The federal income tax payment is delayed; specific delays are determined by the Cantons.

The Swiss short-time work program has been expanded from three to six months, the waiting period has been waived, and employers are not expected to contribute for the lost work.

Thailand Coronavirus Tax Relief

Thailand‘s cabinet approved cutting the income withholding tax from 3 percent to 1.5 percent for six months, from April to September. It also doubled the tax benefit for investment in long-term mutual funds to THB 412,000.

Thailand is also extending the personal income tax filing deadline from June 30 to August 31, and direct aid will be given to 3 million people, at THB 5,000 per month for three months.

Monthly tax return submission deadlines have been extended for all businesses. Depending on the type of tax, deadlines in March or April are extended to May 15 or May 23.

Tunisia Coronavirus Tax Relief 

Tunisia has extended the corporate income tax return filing deadline to May 31 except for companies paying the 35 percent tax rate. Tax audits have been suspended to May 31. VAT credit refunds will be accelerated, and payments will be made within 1 month. Companies that are affected by the coronavirus may have their tax debt postponed for up to seven years.

The circulation tax deadline has been postponed to the end of April.

Turkey Coronavirus Tax Relief 

Turkey will give a six-month deferral on some tax and insurance premium payments to certain sectors, including retail and transportation. VAT declarations and payments that were normally due March 26 are extended to April 24. VAT returns for April-June have been delayed until June 27 for several sectors. The VAT on domestic air travel will be cut from 18 percent to 1 percent. Minimum payouts for pensioners will be increased and the government will make an early annual bonus payment to pensioners. Personal income tax deadlines have been extended to the end of April.

Overall, a TL 100 billion fiscal package has been adopted in response to the outbreak.

Uganda Coronavirus Tax Relief

Uganda is allowing companies whose accounting year ends in September a two-month extension to file corporate tax returns. Individuals will benefit from a tax deadline extension for VAT, PAYE, local excise duty, and withholding; payments that were due March 15 became due March 31, and payments that are due April 15 are now due April 30. The deadline for the annual income and asset returns for businesses has been extended to July 1. Land and real estate taxes will not be levied between March 1 and April 30.

Ukraine Coronavirus Tax Relief

Ukraine is exempting imported medicine and medical devices and equipment needed to prevent the spread of coronavirus from its VAT. Penalties and interest for late submission of the unified social tax payment or its report are waived from March 1 until April 30. Late payment interest fees for VAT are waived until the end of May.

United Kingdom Coronavirus Tax Relief

The United Kingdom waives business property taxes for retail, leisure, and tourism for 12 months to reduce the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. It also paused plans to expand rules on the employment status of contractors in the private sector. These so-called “off-payroll” rules aim to ensure that contract workers pay about the same tax and social security contributions as regular private sector employees. The UK is also expanding the Universal Credit and working tax credit by £1,000 and delaying £30 billion in VAT payments until June 30.

Self-employed taxpayers can receive up to 80 percent of their average earnings, capped at £2,500 per month. This should benefit 95 percent of the self-employed earning up to £50,000 per year who have filed a tax return for 2019.

Phase two of Making Tax Digital has been delayed from April 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021; businesses have another year to have digital links available for VAT.

Import taxes on medical equipment have been waived.

United States Coronavirus Tax Relief

The United States has adopted a short-term expansion of paid sick leave. Tax payments have also been delayed from April 15 to July 15 without interest or penalties. The CARES Act legislation provides a $1,200 tax rebate for individuals and $2,400 for joint filers, with an additional $500 per child. Among many tax measures for businesses, the act includes a refundable payroll tax credit and allows employers to delay paying Social Security payroll taxes, with half-payment due December 31, 2021 and the rest due December 31, 2022. Also, $150 billion in relief funds will be distributed among the states.

Unemployment insurance payments have been increased and $350 billion in forgivable loans have been extended to small businesses to support payroll costs.





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