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Temporary support and remuneration 

The application opened on 5.6.2020

The catering business was severely restricted by legislation to prevent the spread of corona virus 4.4 - 31.5.2020. The Parliament of Finland demanded restrictions when approving compensation for reasonable costs and measures to mitigate the effects.

The model consists of two complementary parts, both of which can be received.

Remuneration for business restriction

  • Reasonable remuneration for costs incurred under the business restriction
  • Remuneration is granted for rents for premises, costs for plumbing and electricity and similar inflexible running expenses incurred by the entrepreneur, that is not raw material purchases or labour costs, nor investment costs.
  • Remuneration is distributed on the change caused by the company's sales under the restriction.
  • The allowance is usually paid without an application, so-called mass payment. If your company is not covered by automatic payment, support is sought in an instalment and with an application (= Companies that do not have a 4/2020 value added tax return filed with the tax authority or who are a company with other main business or a staff restaurant). The application is open until 31.8.2020.

Support for re-employment

  • Support for preparedness and ability to employ workers at a level that corresponds to the situation before the Corona epidemic when operations start after the restriction period.
  • The support can also be directed to the payment of hired labour obtained through staffing companies or subcontractors.
  • The support is granted and paid on application. The application must be submitted by 31.10.2020.

The supports are granted and paid for by the Development and Administration centre for ELY Centres and TE Offices (KEHA-centre).

In the form of mass payments to catering companies, remuneration for restricting of business has been paid EUR 74 million

Situational information 2.7.2020

Remuneration for the restriction of the catering sector has been paid up to June 30th, EUR 73.9 million to 7,016 companies in the form of mass payments. 

The remunerations were paid in June in two instalments to the companies that were covered by the mass payment. The first instalment was paid based on the information from the Tax Administration on the 5th June and based on the calculation formula prescribed for the estimated reduction in sales. The final payment was paid based on the actual sales data obtained on June 18th by the Tax Administration. The final payment is shown on the accounts in accordance with normal banking days with the reference "MARA remuneration for business restriction www.keha-keskus.fi". In addition, the companies get a written decision sent along with instructions concerning claim for a revised decision.

For those who were covered by the mass payment, there are companies that has not received the final payment yet, this applies to those who had not filed the VAT return in April that was required for the final payment by the deadline of June 12th, as well as the companies that the Enforcement Office has imposed a Withholding notice. No advance was paid to the companies that are subject to the Withholding notice, but the remuneration that is free from foreclosure is paid in one rate. The KEHA-centre will request these companies for further explanation of the lack of VAT declaration and final payment decision by mid-July.

In addition, the companies to which the advance payment paid exceeded the compensation based on the actual reduction in sales, i.e. they have received too much compensation are processed. The KEHA-keskus will send the company requests for repayment of overpaid compensation during the month of July. If the remuneration paid is less than EUR 100, the aid is not recovered. The amount to be recovered amounts to EUR 2.95 million and is targeted at just over a thousand companies.

The situation of the application process

Applications for remuneration for restrictions on business outside the mass payment 829 have been received by June 30th, and their process has begun. According to Pauliina Smolander, payment director for the KEHA-centre, the goal is that the applications that have now been received are processed in July-August. Applications can still be submitted until 31.8.2020. The applications will be processed quickly, after the mass payment is completed.

1 408 applications for reinstatement support have been received until 30th June.  The process is well underway. Applications can be submitted until 31.10.2020.

The payment schedule

Remuneration for business restriction

  • the mass payment: the first instalment of the compensation has been paid by 18.6.2020
  • the mass payment: the final payment has been paid by 30.6.2020
  • applications are currently being processed

Support for re-employment

  • applications are currently being processed and payments have started

The applications are processed in order of arrival.

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