You can check the status of your application on the statistics page.
The processing time of applications varies considerably, but typically it is 21-45 days.
The current processing time for second application round correction claims is about 3-4 months.
The round of applications for closure compensation started on 12 May at 9:00. The closure compensation can be applied for from the State Treasury on a paper form. Compensation must be applied for by 31 December 2021. You can order a printable application in PDF format from paperihakemus.sulkemiskorvaus(at)valtiokonttori.fi. The application form arrives as a return message.
If the closing period has ended in March, the compensation application period ended on 31 July. If the closing period ended in April, the closure compensation application period ended on 31 August.
The closure compensation is for small and micro companies with a maximum of 49 employees. The company can apply for the compensation, if it’s temporarily forced to close its customer premises due to an Act or an official order. Companies eligible for the compensation are restaurants and other food and beverage service businesses, sports facilities, gyms, spas and indoor playgrounds.
What is it about?
The closure compensation is a subsidy to companies that have had to close their premises completely by law or because of a decision of the authority. Eligible companies include restaurants, gyms, swimming pools and indoor playgrounds. The closure compensation is intended for micro or small companies with less than 50 employees. Compensation for large companies is in preparation, the timetable and details will be specified later.
Closed companies can also apply for business cost support if the conditions for the support are met.
Who is the closure compensation intended for?
The closure compensation applies to restaurants and other food and beverage serving companies, that had to be temporarily closed to customers based on the Act on Accommodation and Catering Operations. However, food take away sales are allowed. The compensation is calculated for the activity to which the closure relates.
Compensation may also be paid to companies ordered to close by the municipality or the Regional State Administrative Agency under Section 58g of the Communicable Diseases Act.
When to apply for support?
The application period for the closure compensation began on Wednesday 12 May 2021. Compensation must be applied for within four months of the end of the month in which the obligation to keep the premises closed ended.
How to apply for closure compensation?
The closure compensation can be applied for from the State Treasury on a paper form.You can order a printable application in PDF format from paperihakemus.sulkemiskorvaus(at)valtiokonttori.fi. The application form arrives as a return message.
What are the conditions for receiving compensation?
You can apply closure compensation if:
- the company’s premises have been completely closed by government decree, or by decision of the Regional State Administrative Agency on the basis of Section 58 g of the Communicable Diseases Act
- the company has a Business ID
- the company is a micro or small company with less than 50 employees
The form of the company is not relevant to obtaining compensation.
The facilities designated for closure can be used for supervised hobbies for children born in 2008 and younger. The decision to close the premises does not apply to professional sports or activities covered by private or family life
Obstacles to receiving closure compensation
Voluntary closure is not sufficient to justify closure compensation. Similarly, if a company’s number of customers is limited but its premises are not completely closed, the company cannot receive closure compensation.
According to the bill, support will not be granted in the following situations
- The company is not registered in the prepayment register
- The company has failed to file a tax return
- The company has tax debt information in the tax debt register
- Recovery proceedings has collected unpaid taxes from the company
- The company has been declared bankrupt or is the subject of bankruptcy proceedings.
- The company was in difficulty before the coronavirus pandemic (31 December 2019). See the definition of a company in difficulty. Exception: This does not apply to small and micro enterprises that have been in difficulty before 1.1.2020. They may be granted support if the company is not in bankruptcy or reorganization proceedings at the time the support is granted and has not received rescue or restructuring aid.
Definition of a company in difficulty in the EU Regulation:
A company in difficulty refers to a company in accordance with Article 2(18) of the General Block Exemption Regulation of the EU. According to the definition, a company is in difficulty,
a. if more than half of its share capital has disappeared as a result of accumulated losses (limited liability companies),
b. more than half of its capital as shown in the company accounts has disappeared as a result of accumulated losses (companies where at least some members have unlimited liability for the debt of the company),
c. the company is subject to collective insolvency proceedings,
d. the company has received rescue aid and has not yet reimbursed the loan or terminated the guarantee, or has received restructuring aid and is still subject to a restructuring plan,
e. the company is not an SME, and for the past two years, its book debt to equity ratio has been greater than 7.5 and its EBITDA interest coverage ratio has been below 1.0.
Only section c applies to SMEs that were under 3 years of age on 31 December 2019.
How much compensation can you get?
The amount of the closure compensation is based on the amount of the company’s expenses in February 2021, and how much of the business has been closed.
For example, the calculation of compensation for restaurants considers only the sale of closed business, i.e. a restaurant hall. On the other hand, the takeaway share is not reimbursed.
The compensation is paid to the company for the period during which it has been closed. The company is reimbursed 100% of wage costs and 70% of other inflexible expenses.
Inflexible expenses for the closure compensation are the same as in business cost support.
Closing compensation does not compensate for business losses
How do other granted supports affect?
The closure compensation can be applied for even if the company has already received other direct supports to mitigate the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the maximum compensation per company provided for by the EU, EUR 1.8 million, must not be exceeded. The maximum amount of support is calculated considering all support granted under the EU framework support programme, and received by an individual company or corporate group.
You can read more about the EU framework support programme on the cost support webpage.
Do the following before applying
- The application can be made by a person with the right to sign that the company entered in the trade register/register of associations, or another person who has received a Suomi.fi authorization. Check that your authorization to represent your company appears in the Suomi.fi authorization register. If not, check that the signatories are correct in the Patent and Registration Office’s register. Closure compensation is applied for with the authorization “Yritysrahoituksen hakeminen”. Suomi.fi authorizations >
- To apply for compensation, the applicant must have a business ID. For more information, see: Business Information System >
- The closure compensation can only be paid to the bank account that the company has reported to the Tax Administration. Check the account number you have entered and, if necessary, enter a new number on your My Tax page >
The authority to sign and Suomi.fi e-Authorizations
Associations and foundations
The chairman of the association, who is entered as a chairman in the Finnish Register of Associations, may fill in the application for closure compensation on behalf of the association in e-service. In addition to the application, an association must send evidence via a supplementary information notice that the chairman has the right to sign for association alone or is authorized by the signatories to send the application (association register / rules / minutes / power of attorney).
In the case of foundations, the application should be sent as a paper application if the authorization rights are not already defined.If necessary, you can order a printable application in PDF format from paperihakemus.sulkemiskorvaus(at)valtiokonttori.fi. The application form arrives as a return message.
What information do you need to apply for compensation?
You must fill in the application the company’s basic information, the sales data for February 2021 per site, the total turnover in February 2021 and the business name entrepreneur’s annual YEL income and YEL payments. In addition, information on EU framework programme support related to the coronavirus pandemic must be provided.
The State Treasury receives some of the necessary information from the Tax Administration, the Incomes Register, Statistics Finland and other authorities that have granted state aid.
The State Treasury strives to make applying as effortless as possible. The application has been tested with the customer panel and has received positive feedback.
Submitting a claim for rectification
The current processing time for second application round correction claims is about 3-4 months.
If you are dissatisfied with the decision you have received, you can request a rectification from the State Treasury. Processing a claim for rectification at the State Treasury is free of charge.
Before submitting a claim for rectification
- Read the closure compensation decision carefully before submitting a claim for rectification. Check all the information used to justify the decision and any reasons for rejecting the decision.
- Please note that in order to be granted closure compensation, the company must fulfill all the general conditions
- In the claim for rectification, it is advisable to comment on all possible rejections, in order for the claim for rectification to be successful.
- If you have general feedback or questions about the decision you have received, you can contact customer service by calling 0295 550 3530.
- Contact for example an accounting firm to obtain all the necessary documents.
How is the claim for rectification made?
- The claim for rectification is made in the e-service.
- After logging in to the e-service, you can automatically see all the applications you have submitted earlier. Select the issue for which you are applying for a rectification.
- The claim for rectification can also be submitted to the State Treasury in person, using an agent, by post, or by e-mail.
- The sender is responsible for the submission of the claim for rectification.
What information should be contained in the claim for rectification?
- The claim for rectification should indicate the adjustment required for the decision.
- Also tell us on what grounds the rectification is required.
- The claim for rectification must also include the documents mentioned in the claim.
- If the claim for rectification is made otherwise than by using the State Treasury’s e-service, enter the application number in the claim, for which you are applying for rectification. The application number can be found in the upper corner of the cost support
- If the lawyer or public legal counsel does not act as an assistant, and the application is not made in the State Treasury’s e-service, the proxy of the agent must also be attached to the claim for rectification
When do I have to make a claim for rectification?
- The claim for rectification and its attachments must be submitted to the State Treasury by 4:15 p.m. within 30 days of the date on which you received the decision.
- If the decision has been submitted electronically, service is deemed to have taken place on the third (3rd) day following the sending of the message, unless otherwise shown.
- If the decision was sent by letter, the service is deemed to have taken place on the seventh (7th) day from the date of mailing, unless otherwise shown.
- Only claims received within the time limit are examined.
Processing of the claim for rectification
- The State Treasury processes the rectification claims in the order in which they are received, and the estimated processing time is approximately 4-5 months.
- Claims for rectification are processed individually, which is why the duration of the processing varies.
- You can supplement the claim for rectification by submitting additional information in the e-service. Submitting relevant attachments/supporting documents without delay will help the processing of your case.
- If necessary, the rectification claim handler will ask you for additional information, either by email or by phone. Please monitor your email regularly. From time to time, check the junk e-mail folder.
- Please note that providing all necessary additional information without delay will contribute to the processing of your case.
Appeal to the Administrative Court
- If you consider the decision issued by the State Treasury to appeal against the claim for rectification to be unlawful, you can appeal the decision to the Administrative Court.
- The decision can only be appealed to the Administrative Court after the claim for rectification has been processed by the State Treasury.