SOLIDARITY FUND. The form of the solidarity fund was put online, after a maintenance of the tax site on Thursday. Further delays are to be expected this Friday.
[Mis à jour le 11 juin 2021 à 13h14] The day of June 10 was particularly long for many business leaders and self-employed, and that of this Friday promises to be just as much. While the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, had promised to put online the form of the solidarity fund for the losses of May 2021 on Thursday, the tax site experienced difficulties, forcing it to maintain for several hours. It was only in the evening that it could be put online. These difficulties seem to continue on the tax website. “Given the large volume of requests currently presented, the Directorate General of Public Finance regulates connections in order to ensure all users have access to secure messaging under the best conditions”, we can read by clicking on secure messaging . “We therefore invite you to reconnect later to carry out your process. For any questions, you can contact the DGFiP service which manages your file”. What still cringe the companies who try since this morning to access it.
I met ONE person who was able to apply online .. because here, for a day and a half, it’s impossible.
— Thouvenin (@palthouvenin) June 11, 2021
The corresponding decree was published a few weeks ago. The procedures remain the same, you must connect to your personal space and generate the form from your secure messaging system, mentioning your SIRET number. You don’t know how much compensation to expect:
- Up to 10,000 euros or 20% of turnover (within the limit of 200,000 euros): for businesses closed throughout the month of May.
- 1,500 euros between 20% and 50% loss of turnover: for companies reopened since May 19.
- Up to 10,000 euros or 20% of turnover, beyond 50% loss of turnover: for companies that reopened as of May 19.
- Up to 10,000 euros from a 50% loss: for companies in the S1 and S1bis sectors.
- 15% of turnover if the loss is between 50 and 70% of turnover: for S1 and S1bis
- Up to 20% of turnover for highly affected companies.
- Up to 1,500 euros: for companies in unprotected sectors showing a loss of 50% of turnover.
Be careful when filling in all your information. The slightest mistake can delay your file for several weeks. As a reminder, the solidarity fund allows the payment of financial assistance between 1,500 euros and 10,000 euros or 20% of turnover up to a limit of 200,000 euros.
As of June, the conditions of the solidarity fund will change. This will be accessible to the companies most affected by the health crisis – without condition of turnover. However, the amount of compensation will be revised downwards: 40% for losses in June 2021, 30% in July and 20% in August. “We will target the sectors which have been the most affected and all the indicators confirm that these are hotels, bars, restaurants … All those which have been closed for a long time”, indicated Bruno Le Maire. “We are gradually going to do whatever it takes (…), with a meeting clause at the end of August to ensure that no one encounters major difficulties”.
The Minister of the Economy wanted to be reassuring: the solidarity fund will remain as it is for May 2021. There will therefore be no change in the conditions of eligibility for the device and the amount of the subsidy, up to 10,000 euros or 20% of turnover up to a limit of 200,000 euros. The opening date of the dedicated form has not been disclosed. It should, in all likelihood, take place from the beginning of June. The conditions of the solidarity fund are extended.
Should we expect additional measures? The decree correspondent was in fact published in the Official Journal on Thursday 27 May. This is what the decree does:
- “It removes the uninterrupted nature of the closure during the month of May for companies carrying out their main activity in the retail trade and having at least one of their stores located in a shopping center comprising one or more buildings whose surface useful commercial space is greater than or equal to ten thousand square meters, due to their reopening on May 19, 2021 “, we can read.
- Regarding the turnover reference, the conditions are identical to the last months: you must retain “the turnover achieved during the month of May 2019, or the average monthly turnover for the year 2019 according to the option chosen by the company when applying for the month of February 2021 or, where applicable, for the month of March 2021 if no request has been filed for the month of February 2021 or, where applicable, for the month of April 2021 if no request has been filed for the months of February and March 2021; or if the solidarity fund has not been requested for the month of April 2021, the turnover achieved during the month of May 2019, or the average monthly turnover for the year 2019 “.
- The deadline for submitting your file is July 31, 2021 on the tax website.
- The activity must have started before January 31.
It is from June 2021 that the conditions of the solidarity fund will change. Companies still subject to a ban on public reception will still be able to access the device, as it currently exists. For companies in sectors severely affected by the health crisis (tourism, events, sport and culture), whose establishments are authorized to reopen gradually, conditions will change.
The fund will be accessible regardless of the level of loss of turnover. The amount of aid from the solidarity fund, on the other hand, will change. It will represent 40% of the loss of turnover compared to June 2019. The maximum amount will remain set at 20% of turnover, within the limit of 200,000 euros.
From July 2021, aid from the solidarity fund will once again decrease. It will represent 30% of the loss in turnover compared to July 2019. The conditions should remain the same.
The month of August will mark the last stage before the definitive disappearance of aid from the solidarity fund. The amount of aid will represent 20% of the loss of turnover compared to August 2019.
The Solidarity Fund form is available until June 30. Many companies have had to continue to keep their doors closed this month, due to the third lockdown. The procedures remain the same. Not all companies can benefit from the aid of the solidarity fund for April 2021. Since its creation last year, the device has been profoundly transformed to respond to health restrictions. Here are the conditions for claiming assistance from the solidarity fund:
- Have started their activity before January 31, 2021
- Not be in compulsory liquidation on March 1, 2020
- Have been the subject of an administrative closure – and suffer a loss of at least 20% of turnover by integrating the take-out sale – OR
- The majority manager does not have a full-time employment contract as of April 1, 2021.
- For companies in the S1 bis sectors, there must be a loss of turnover “of at least 80% between March 15 and May 15 (first confinement) if they were created before March 1, 2020; of at least 80 % between November 1 and 30, 2020 (second confinement); at least 10% between 2019 and 2020 for companies created before December 1, 2019 “, we can read on the dedicated page of the Ministry of the Economy.
Which turnover reference should be retained for April 2021?
As in previous months, everything will depend on the start date of your activity, and whether you have already requested help from the solidarity fund in recent months. We summarize:
- If your business was already created in April 2019: you will have to retain the April 2019 turnover or the average monthly turnover for 2019, depending on what you have chosen for the February 2021 or March 2021 application. have not taken any steps for the months previously mentioned, then you will have the choice between these two references.
- Your company was born between June 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020: the average monthly turnover over the period between the date of creation of the company and February 29, 2020.
- Your company was created between February 1, 2020 and February 29, 2020: the turnover achieved in February 2020 and reduced over one month.
- Your company was created between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020: the average monthly turnover achieved between July 1, 2020, or failing that, the date of creation of the company, and October 31, 2020.
- Your company was created in January 2021: the February 2021 turnover.
What about the click and collect for the April 2021 solidarity fund?
Receipts from distance selling with in-store collection (click and collect) or by delivery or even take-out must be included to determine if you are eligible for the solidarity fund. On the other hand, the fruit of these sales does not enter into the calculation of the amount of aid from the solidarity fund of April 2021.
What is the calculation for the aid from the April 2021 solidarity fund?
The amount of aid from the April solidarity fund depends, as in previous months, on several factors: your sector of activity and the amount of your loss of turnover. We summarize the scenarios:
- Your business must have been closed throughout the month of April 2021: if you have a loss of turnover of at least 20%, the amount corresponds to the loss of turnover recorded for April 2021 compared to the figure of benchmark business up to a limit of 10,000 euros or 20% of benchmark revenue up to a limit of 200,000 euros.
- Your business was closed for part of April 2021: if the loss of turnover is between 20% and 50%, the aid is capped at 1,500 euros. If it is greater than 50%, it is equal to 10,000 euros or 20% of the reference turnover within the limit of 200,000 euros.
- Your company is part of the S1 sectors, shows a drop of more than 50%: if the loss is greater than 70%, the aid is capped at 10,000 euros or at 15% or 20% of the reference turnover; 10,000 euros or 15% of turnover for a loss of turnover is between 50% and 70%.
- Your company is part of the S1bis sectors, and shows a decrease of more than 50%: if the loss is greater than 70%, the amount of the aid is equal to “80% of the loss (or 100% if the loss is less than 1,500 euros), capped at 10,000 euros, or 20% of the reference turnover “. Between 50% and 70% loss, the aid is capped at 15% of the reference turnover.
- Your company is not part of any scheme but has suffered a 50% drop: the aid does not exceed 1,500 euros.
It is a fact: the solidarity fund and its conditions have become considerably more complex since its creation a year ago. To guide business leaders, the tax administration has published frequently updated Frequently Asked Questions. You can find her on the website of the ministry.