20 demands of the Czech Chamber of Commerce for business people

  1. State compensation of default interests and fines paid to banks. In the case a self-employed is late with his/her instalment, the State is to compensate one half of the default interest and/or contractual penalty.
  2. State compensation of default interests and fines paid to energy and network services suppliers. In the case a self-employed is late with his/her payment and the financial situation of the supplier in question does not allow a more responsive attitude towards the customers, the State is to compensate one half of the default interest and/or contractual penalty.
  3. Support of continuous operations companies (the so called Regime C). Introduce the State contributions for wages paid by companies which have to, due to various reasons, maintain their continuous operations (e.g. glassworks or steelworks) eventhough it causes financial losses.
  4. Prolongation of the Antivirus program by 6 months. It is necessary the Antivirus program is not cancelled with lifting of the emergency precautions. Therefore, the current Antivirus program should be prolonged by 6 months.
  5. Wage compensations program for restart of the economy (the so called Regime D). It is possible to consider a residual Regime D which would currently compensate, even if “less generously”, the wage expenses of other business people negatively affected by the pandemic and the Government precautions against it, therefore, all those not included in the Regimes A, B or C. In the future, after lifting of the emergency precautions and termination of mainly the Regime A, this Regime would support a restart of the economy.
  6. Discounted/interest-free loans. It is necessary for the State to facilitate the business people access to discounted/interest-free loans from commercial banks including the small operating loans.
  7. Banks’ leniency towards debtors. We ask banks and insurance corporations to be more lenient and responsive towards the debtors.
  8. Postponement of insurance premiums without penalty. The State should allow the business people to pay the social security and healthcare insurance premiums 3 months later at minimum and that without any sanctions or default interests. This demand concerns the insurance premiums paid by the business people “for themselves”.
  9. Total or at least partial remission of social security premiums paid by employers themselves and that for the months of the emergency state duration. This demand concerns the business people who had to close their establishments as a consequence to the Government Resolution, it does not concern the premiums deduced from the employees’ wages.
  10. Total remission of VAT for the months of the emergency state duration. This demand concerns the business people who had to close their establishments as a consequence to the Government Resolution.
  11. Sped up return of excessive VAT deduction. Important mainly for exporters when considering cash flow.
  12. Introduction of a VAT payment regime resulting from the paid invoices. The Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic should make use of the leeway given by the European directives and quickly prepare an amendment to the Act on VAT which would temporarily introduce, at least for some payments, the so called cash principle of paying taxes. Many companies, especially the small ones, are getting into financial troubles when a tax resulting from the goods or services provided is to be paid in cases when those were not paid by the customers in the first place.
  13. Expanding the compensation bonus. The “Five-and-twenty” for the self-employed is supposed to be paid out also to the people working on the basis of the agreement to perform work (DPČ) and that at least for the emergency precautions duration causing establishments’ closure. Should serve as a complement of the approved mechanism of the employees’ wage compensations and the reimbursement of those compensations paid by the employers.
  14. Across the board cancellation of income tax advance payments. The State has to make the across the board cancellation of income tax advance payments possible and that not only those to be paid by June deadline.
  15. Across the board postponement of road tax advance payments. Postpone the advance payments for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter to November of 2020. Consider a temporary lowering of tax rate to a minimum set by the European directive.
  16. Postponement and remission of local fees. CCC appeals to municipalities to postpone or remit local fees to be paid by business people.
  17. At least a partial income tax relief for companies producing the necessary protective healthcare, pharmaceutical and hygienic (disinfectants) equipment and that in cases when companies, in a reasonably short time and in a reasonable quantity, manufacture the mentioned equipment which will be afterwards realized for a cost price – alternatively, to enable such producers to, for the time of emergency, offer those goods without VAT with preserving their claim for a VAT deduction in its entirety.
  18. Lower VAT for accommodation services. CCC demands the accommodation services to be moved, in the nearest time possible, to the category of lower VAT rate (from the current 15% to 10% category).
  19. Postponement and remission of rents paid to municipalities. CCC appeals to municipalities to remit business people’s rents and penalties for late rent payments. We also appeal to the private landlords to be lenient towards the business people tenants.
  20. State reimbursement of wage compensations paid to the employees experiencing obstacles at work to be preferentially provided by monthly social security insurance premiums deductions in the amount of the compensated sum. This demand concerns those months during which the payments will not be remitted or postponed.
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