Support measures for traders

Several support measures have been taken at the federal, regional and municipal level to minimize the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Federal support

All traders, including food and street vendors, can apply for:

  • Deferral of payment of VAT, withholding tax, social security contributions, personal income tax and corporate income tax
  • A replacement income for the self-employed (bridging right)
  • Temporary unemployment for companies

More info:

Regional support

  • Bonus 2022 for nightclubs, events, restaurants and cafés and their suppliers, tourism, sports and passenger transport
  • Advance Loan (cultural and event sectors)
  • Phoenix.brussels bonus: for employers who hire Brussels residents, recently registered with Actiris and/or fired following the health crisis
  • Guarantee fund for companies in the cultural and events sector (for financial losses related to cancellations, postponements or restrictions due to health measures)
  • Relaunch bonus (since 25 October 2021): for restaurants, cafes (and some of their suppliers), nightclubs, events, culture, tourism and sports. And support for companies in the tourist accommodation sector.
  • For companies that employ more than 10 FTE, the Brussels government wants to offer loans through Finance&invest.brussels that better meet the specific needs of these companies
  • Administrative support to traders to complete their formalities (by 1819)
  • Strengthening of the microcredit (Brusoc Recover): granting cash credits of up to 15,000 euros at a limited interest rate to self-employed persons, 'micro-enterprises' and social economy organizations
  • ...

More info:

An overview of the premiums:

  • What Covid premiums are available? (hotels, events, cultural and creative sector, contact professions, 'non-essential' sectors,...)
  • Tetra+ bonus (nightclubs, restaurants, cafes and their main suppliers, events, culture, tourism and sport)

Municipal support

At the municipal level, various support measures are proposed to support traders:

  • Suspension of the collection of commercial rents by the Property Management Agency and the Public Welfare Centre (CPAS-OCMW)
  • Taxes for markets, kiosks and itinerant traders are not claimed
  • The annual terrace fee for 2020 does not have to be paid (to support cafes and restaurants) + financial aid for temporary terraces
  • Provide training to digitize their economic activity through a training platform for traders wishing to start their e-commerce
  • Support measures for cafes, bars and restaurants
  • BXL gift cards
  • Shop facade renovation bonus

Economic recovery plan:

More info

Created on 31/03/2020 (modified on 31/03/2022)

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