We kindly invite you to sign a petition to help gastronomic and tourism companies during the Coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) in Slovenia. We are committed to taking steps to help overcome the crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus epidemic for small and medium-sized businesses in the gastronomic and tourism sectors.
The gastronomic and tourism industry has been severely affected and hurt by the epidemic of Coronavirus in Slovenia. The restrictions on movement and the ban on the operation of all restaurants and other tourist establishments, which were adopted with the aim of limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Slovenia, has caused companies in the gastronomic and tourism sectors to lose all their revenue.
As it is in the interest of all Slovenian citizens to have epidemic restrictions, which aim to stop the virus from spreading, it is also in the interest of all of us that our country and tourism together with gostilne come to life again after the epidemic is over. Given the consequences already reflected, this will not be possible without the help of the state officials and new measures that will help small and medium-sized companies (including the self-employed sector) and gostilne to survive over time without income.
Overcoming tax and social obligations in the aftermath of the epidemic does not solve this problem, as it only postpones the current situation during the crisis. All tax, social and health care obligations for employees and the self-employed, which would, in this case, be due after the epidemic, will present an insurmountable problem for most entities even after the epidemic has ended. The reason for this is precisely the loss of all revenue in this period, which of course will not be retroactively recovered after the end of the epidemic, meaning that there will still be no funds to settle the above-listed liabilities, while current liabilities from the same will resume in addition to the old ones.
In the gastronomic and tourism sectors, the possible partial or total downtime of the tourist season, which would otherwise soon begin, is even more dangerous. In this case, lower off-peak revenues, in addition to the closure due to the epidemic and the potential carry-over of the epidemic commitments mentioned above, will, to a large extent, be an insurmountable problem for small and medium-sized enterprises (including the self-employed).
Liquidity loans will also not solve these problems, as companies and gostilne will probably have to start paying them during the lower tourist season when revenues are lower and funds to overcome this period could not be guaranteed by companies due to a complete loss of revenue during the epidemic, which may linger beyond the height of the tourist season.
We invite the Slovenian authorities and officials to examine in detail the issues presented and the proposed measures in the field of gastronomy and tourism to take appropriate measures to mitigate the consequences for all the aforementioned stakeholders.
1. Contributions – Exemption from compulsory social security and health insurance contributions
- All affected businesses and gostilne should be exempted from paying health and social security contributions to their employees for the duration of the epidemic, in accordance with the statutory minimum.
- Self-employed persons should be exempted from compulsory social security and health insurance contributions for the duration of their employment, in accordance with the statutory minimum.
2. Freezing of liabilities from the previous fiscal period
- All tax liabilities arising from the previous fiscal period should be frozen until further notice, and at the end of the epidemic, entities should be allowed to pay them in installments.
- The recovery of the above-mentioned obligations from the previous fiscal period should be suspended until further notice, as well as the default interest for the duration of the epidemic.
3. Taxes – Exemption from payroll tax and DDPO advance payments
- All affected businesses and gostilne should be exempted from paying payroll taxes for the duration of the epidemic.
- During the epidemic, all stakeholders should be exempted from paying the DDPO advance.
4. Remuneration of employees
- Employers are forced to suspend their employment with employees, transfer employees to work from home or even wait, which for employees represents a loss of income below the minimum subsistence level. Therefore, in addition to the wage tax waiver, the state must also provide an adequate measure of co-financing to achieve the minimum subsistence level.
- All affected tenants are frozen for rent for the duration of the epidemic.
- The measure co-finances part of the loss of rental income from the affected landlords through the measure.
- The payment of all bank loans (short-term and long-term loans, leasing, …) is also frozen for all those affected by the epidemic.
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