Also in 2021, CSO will be able to receive state support for overcoming the Covid-19 crisis

On November 19, at a work group meeting led by the Latvian Finance Minister, Jānis Reirs, the necessary amendments to the Law on the Suppression of Consequences of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection were considered. As a result, it was decided to extend the deadlines for all support mechanisms for CSO, including:

  1. A taxpayer who has been affected by the crisis caused by COVID-19 has the right to apply for an extension of the time limit for the payment of taxes by 30 June 2021;
  2. Local governments have the right to determine other time limits for the payment of the immovable property tax also in 2021;
  3. Favourable regulation of donations – opportunity to donate goods and services, as well as an opportunity for entrepreneurs not to include in the taxation period the amount donated with EIT in the amount of 8% of the profit of the previous reporting year after calculated taxes, if the donation is made to social groups negatively affected by the emergency situation until 30 June 2021;
  4. State and local government institutions, as well as capital companies, for the duration of the law, exempt CSO affected by the crisis from rent or decide on a reduction of the lease payment. Also, late interest and contractual penalties in case of a late payment shall not apply until 30 June 2021;
  5. During the crisis, the State and local governments have the right to disburse financing to the associations and foundations with which a project financing contract, a participation contract, or a delegation contract has been concluded for the provision of services and implementation of other types of activities, even if they could not be provided or implemented due to the emergency situation by 2021. June 30;
  6. Until 31 December 2021, associations or cooperative societies have the right to organize general meetings of members remotely.

The amendments will still be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers and the Saeima for approval. However, we draw your attention to the fact that the above support mechanisms in their current form are valid until 31 December this year.

The meeting also presented a support program for those CSO that provide services to prevent the consequences of the crisis. The support program is intended for such services as coordination of volunteers, public information and education, provision of various social services in order to prevent the negative consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. The program was supported conceptually, but has yet to be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

In accordance with the decision of the Council for the Implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation of the Cabinet of Ministers of 22 April and the delegation of  the Council's Memorandum, The interests of the non-governmental sector in the work group led by the Latvian Finance Minister, Jānis Reirs, are represented by Kristīne Zonberga, Director of Civic Alliance ‑ Latvia.