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Final NOW settlement, to be applied for befóre November 1, 2021

Key support measure in the Netherlands Final settlement NOW 1.0, to be applied for befóre November 1, 2021

For all phases of the NOW scheme, the subsidy paid out by UWV is or has been an advance, based on your estimated loss of sales. An application for the final NOW calculation must be filed as soon as the actual percentage loss of sales is known. This must be requested separately for each individual phase; a phase cannot be set off against other phases by UWV. In the final application, UWV will calculate the final amount to which you are entitled and send you the settlement bill accordingly.

Applications for the final settlement calculation for NOW 1.0 should be filed between October 7, 2020 and November 1, 2021. This settlement applies to the first application period of March, April and May 2020.

>>Go to the application form on the website of UWV (in Dutch)

Applications for the final settlement calculation for NOW 2.0 should be filed between March 15, 2021 and January 5, 2022. This settlement applies to the second application period of June, July, August and September 2020.

>>Go to the application form on the website of UWV (in Dutch)

As soon as the opening date for similar applications for NOW 3.0 is published, you can read about it on our website.

In addition to the details requested in the application, an application form and a letter of intent, you will need the final % of your loss of sales at that time, and in some cases an auditor’s or third party’s report.

What is an auditor’s report or third party report?

An auditor’s report is a statement issued by a chartered accountant or certified accounting consultant on the reliability of, for example, the annual accounts. With this declaration, you demonstrate that your financial accounts meet the legal requirements. A third party statement is a statement from a trust office, financial services provider or sector organisation confirming the loss of sales.

When do you need a third party or auditor’s report?

A third party declaration is mandatory in the following cases:
  • If the advance received is higher than € 20,000 but lower than € 100,000
  • If the final subsidy is higher than € 25,000 but lower than € 125,000
An auditor’s report is mandatory in the following cases:
  • If the advance received was higher than € 100,000
  • If the final subsidy will be higher than € 125,000
  • in the case of a NOW application at operating company level (because the loss of sales of the concern or group is below 20% and was not eligible for the NOW subsidy), regardless of the amount of the subsidy or the advance payment
A third party or auditor’s report is not required:
  • If the advance received was less than € 20,000
  • If the final subsidy will be less than € 25,000

Please note:
The employer that is part of a concern or group of companies must add up the amounts of all applications (of the payroll tax numbers) within the group or concern. The total amount determines whether an auditor’s report or a third party report is required.

In order to be able to estimate whether the final subsidy will exceed this limit, the government has made an online calculation tool available: https://www.simulatienow.nl/

What requirements must an auditor’s or third party report meet?

The government has now established (in Dutch) which requirements these declarations must meet:

www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-financiele-regelingen/overzicht-financiele-regelingen/now/now-en-accountantsverklaring-verklaring-derde

Some of the information is explained in English on business.gov.nl/subsidy/corona-crisis-temporary-emergency-measure-now/

Also, formats (in Dutch) are available for both types of reports:

Incidentally, the form and content of these reports are not yet known, especially if you do not have an establishment in the Netherlands. As soon as the Dutch government publishes more details, this website will be updated accordingly.

How is the final compensation determined?

The compensation is determined on the basis of the percentage decrease in turnover that your company has incurred. To determine this percentage of losses, the following information must be provided in the application:
  • Turnover figures for the full year 2019
  • Turnover for the period in which the NOW 1.0 was awarded

The decrease in turnover percentage is determined as follows:

¼ turnover 2019 -/- turnover  NOW 1.0 x100%   =   ….% decrease in turnover

.                     ¼ turnover 2019

The consequences

Please note: If it turns out that the decrease in turnover percentage is less than 20%, the advance contribution already made to you must be repaid in full. In that case we can inform the UWV about the withdrawal of the requestor NOW 1.0 in a plain letter directed to the UWV. No further form is required.

Be aware: If no application for a definitive NOW calculation is made before the set out dates, the UWV will assume that you are not entitled to any contribution. You must then repay the full advance contribution!!

When should I apply for the final NOW calculation at the latest?

You must apply for the final NOW 1.0 calculation befóre November 1, 2021 (deadlines published earlier, March 24 or June 30, have been postponed).

The final NOW 2.0 calculation must be applied for befóre January 5, 2022.

If you do not submit a final application in time (one application for each application period!) or do not enclose a report if it is compulsory, you are not entitled to a subsidy and you will be required to repay your advance.

What can Interfisc do for you?

You can outsource the applications to us. In order to be able to take care of your final applications, we require your turnover figures for the applicable financial year and application period in addition to (possible) statements. We also request that you return a signed copy of this Letter of intent.
For more information or if you have any questions please contact consult@interfisc.eu

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