Help for businesses and freelancers

Help for businesses and freelancers

Currently, the coronavirus is affecting many businesses in Almere. Restrictions are limiting travel; venues are closed, and most events have been cancelled. Other measures taken by the Dutch government to contain the spread of the virus may impact companies as well. For the latest medical information, advice on preventing the virus and an outline of the safety measures that have been adopted, visit the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). 

Check the website of investment agency amsterdam inbusiness and Invest in Holland for information for businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

National measures

The Dutch government has an overview of all financial measures to help self-employed persons, SME businesses and large companies on

Tax options (belastingdienst)

Business can apply for deferring payment of taxes for 3 months. This applies to income, corporate, payroll and turnover taxes (VAT). There will be no enforcement actions regarding overdue payments. Please consult the Tax Information Line if Dutch is not your primary language. The number for resident entrepreneurs is +31 (0)800 0543. Non-residents can call +31(0)55 538 85. For more information in Dutch:

Bridging loans for startups

As of the 29th of April 2020 companies can apply for a special bridging loan, the so-called Corona-Overbruggingslening (COL), via an online portal. The Dutch government has allocated 100 million euros for bridging loans for start-ups, scale-ups and innovative SMEs that are affected by the coronavirus.  Companies can apply for the ‘COL’ .  Please contact the COL Advice Team via +31(0)85 0290 721 or colverberg if you have questions. For more information:

Local measures

The city of Almere has taken local measures to support businesses and freelancers in dealing with the consequences of the Corona crisis.

Income support (Tozo), a temporary income support measure for at least 3 months for self-employed entrepreneurs and freelancers living in Flevoland. Application is done via (see ‘overige’ in menu for the intake form, only available in Dutch). Contact by mail or phone 0320 278111 (between 9 -17.00 on weekdays).

Expats and internationals

The Dutch government has taken measures against the coronavirus. The latest information about the consequences for your stay in the Netherlands can be found here

For questions mail to ezcoronaverberg