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11. 1. 20211:45

Government approves aid to operators of ski resorts, students do not need to tax remuneration for work during work duties

Operators of ski resorts will receive compensation for the period of time they could not operate their ski lifts and chair lifts as a result of government decrees. The Government approved the launch of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s relevant subsidy programme at its meeting on Monday, 11 January 2021. It also decided that students and other persons who are working either as a result of mandated work duties or voluntarily as part of the Government’s crisis measures, will not have to tax the remuneration for this work.

During the course of January, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will launch a call for the receipt of applications for support in the new programme for the support of businesses, Covid – Sport III Ski Resorts. In this programme, owners and operators of ski resorts in the Czech Republic that were closed by crisis measures since 27 December as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic will be able to apply for financial compensation in the form of subsidies for operating expenses.

The government approved that the amount of support for a single recipient will depend on the number and structure of the transport devices, whereas it will be from CZK 210 to 530 per day in the period from 27 December 2020 until 22 January 2021 and cannot exceed half the regular average daily operation expenses for the resort for the past two seasons. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has earmarked a billion crowns for this programme. More in the MIT press release at (in Czech language).

The cabinet also agreed that students who worked as part of the imposed work duty or work assistance, as well as all the people who voluntarily help as part of the Government’s crisis measures for the duration of the state of emergency, will not have to pay income tax on the monetary remuneration that they receive for this work. The Government instructed the Vice-Premier and Minister of Finance to prepare the relevant decision. This income tax exemption will also apply to monetary compensation for the fulfilment of work duties or work assistance in the future, if it will be imposed for the same or a similar reason.

The Government also looked at the situation in funeral services, where some crematoriums have found themselves stretched to their capacity. Thus, the Government passed crisis measures that, effective from 12 to 22 January, prohibit the cremation of the bodies of persons who have died outside of the Czech Republic that were neither citizens of the Czech Republic nor had permanent residence within the Czech Republic, with the exception of bodies of the deceased that were in the Czech Republic as of today’s date. More information in the press release from the Ministry for Regional Development (in Czech language).

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