COMPENSATION BONUS FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED IN 2021 – WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT IT?
What about the compensation bonus for self-employed people? Compensation bonus approved in the autumn of 2020 applies for the year 2021. It applies not only to self-employed persons, but also to partners of small businesses. See how much you can get and if it applies to you. It is definitely not for everyone.
The current entitlement to the compensation bonus belongs to self-employed persons and partners of small companies, whose predominant activity is in those branches of the economy which have been directly affected by government restrictions related to coronavirus.
They had to engage in this predominant activity in the relevant period from 1 June 2020 to 30 September 2020. The predominant means that it represented more than half of the entrepreneur’s livelihood. The amount of this compensation bonus is CZK 500 per day.
This bonus can be claimed for each day of government restrictions from October 5, 2020 to February 15, 2021, ie a maximum of 134 days. The date from which it is requested varies from field to field.
WHICH FIELDS IS COMPENSATION BONUS INTENDED FOR?
Bonus is prepared for areas of hospitality, sports, culture, retail, services and accommodation. Compensation bonuses can also be claimed by fields that are 80% linked to directly affected fields. These are, for example, suppliers of raw materials for restaurants. It can also be entrepreneurs who are closely tied to a specific establishment that has been closed on the basis of restrictions – so for example a gym trainer can apply.
Despite the conditions set in this way, self-employed people from many fields face a refusal in getting a compensation bonus. For example, on social networks, there was a case of a wedding photographer who was advised to take pictures of landscapes instead of weddings.
Each profession can apply from a different date. Restaurant owners have been requesting since 5 October 2020, but waiters only since 14 October 2020, fitness and swimming pool operators since 9 October 2020, hairdressers and shop operators since 22 October 2020.
WHO SHOULD NOT FORGET TO APPLY?
The comensation bonus also applies to women on parental leave who, in addition to receiving parental allowance, had predominant income in some of the restricted areas, or were affected by at least 80% because they worked in areas directly linked to the affected fields. The same is the case, for example, with old-age pensioners who also received a retirement pension. This also applies to disabled pensioners and working students.
Self-employed persons with stall sales can also claim the bonus, but only if they had to close their establishments on 22 October 2020 and they are stone stalls. Stallholders are not included in the compensation bonus.
HOW CAN SMALL COMPANIES APPLY FOR A COMPENSATION BONUS?
The program also includes partners of small businesses. Here is a condition that the company has to have a maximum of two partners (with the exception of family companies) and has achieved a demonstrable turnover of at least CZK 180,000, or its estimated turnover is at least CZK 120,000 for companies founded in 2020. Again, these must be companies from the affected fields. Companies must not be bankrupt, nor be an unreliable payer or person under the VAT Act.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT THE COMPENSATION BONUS?
The compensation bonus does not need to be taxed, nor is social and health insurance paid from it. It is not possible to combine two different government compensation bonuses on one specific day. There may only be a combination with the Antivirus staff allowance, the nursing home for the self-employed and the Covid-Rent program. Applications for a compensation bonus are not hindered by the fact that you receive a housing allowance.
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