Help available for attaining COVID 19 business rescue funds: consultant

Companies struggling under the COVID 19 lockdown can get help from the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office in applying for stimulus funds, Marcin Zawadzki of PWC told PolandIN.

The small Business Ombudsman’s office is providing advice to small businesses on a range of assistance to tide them over for three months during the worst ravages of the lockdown.

Mr Zawadzki, who is a Senior Tax Manager at PWC, said their company was assisting in the Ombudsman’s initiative, under the hashtag #Ratujbiznes (Save business). He mentioned that the Social Security office (ZUS) is also providing advice to customers on how to apply for aid.

The consultant said the COVID stimulus package which came into action on April 1 should be considered as version 1.0 of support for business and thinks there will be more help available in the coming weeks.

Sole traders and microfirms can apply for a three-month holiday from ZUS contributions, 40-percent subsidies for salaries if they keep staff on, and soft loans of up to EUR 1,100 to tide them over. Banks have announced deferment of interest payments on loans, while landlords have been urged to reduce rents for a three month period.

More information is available on the page of the ombudsman: https://rzecznikmsp.gov.pl/ratujbiznes/ and on the social security webpagewww. zus.pl however, no English versions are available.

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