The Israeli government is gradually getting its act together in providing financial support for people and businesses. Here is a brief update as of Tuesday. It is not complete as the measures are still evolving.
Relocation grants are to be paid automatically by the National Insurance Institute (NII) into the bank accounts of evacuees not in subsidized accommodation, according to an announcement the NII published last week. Payments may range up to NIS 100 per day per child and NIS 200 per day per adult. The evacuees must file an online declaration to start the process (https://www.gov.il/he/service/yachad).
Last week, the government announced a financial support package for businesses indirectly impacted by the 2023 Israel-Hamas war. The announcement updated earlier proposals but is subject to Knesset approval, which is expected “in the next few days.” The proposed program would apply to businesses with annual revenue between NIS 18,000 and NIS 400,000 that suffer a 12.5% drop in monthly revenues, or 25% for bimonthly revenues, in the October-November period as applicable. Most small and medium-sized businesses with annual revenues below NIS 1,615,000 are bimonthly VAT filers.
The Israel Innovation Authority has an expedited R&D grant facility for hi-tech of up to NIS 7.5m., called “Runway,” (https://innovationisrael.org.il/route/fasttrack/#about_route).
Reservist salary reimbursement:
Employers of smaller businesses with up to 10 employees called up to the IDF reserves may request expedited reimbursement of their salaries from the NII (https://www.btl.gov.il/about/news/Pages/MarctMkovnet.aspx). There is no need to provide details of how long they were called up for, nor must they provide the usual IDF confirmation.
Last week, the Israel Tax Authority said employees with a company car who are called up to the IDF reserves or laid off may notify their employer that the vehicle is back “at the employer’s disposal” and stop paying tax on car-usage fringe benefits from that date, “even if it is left in the field” (i.e., not at the employer’s premises). Moreover, the employee or someone on their behalf may make that notification retroactively up to seven days after the reserve duty ends.
The Law for Postponing Deadlines (Ad Hoc Swords of Iron) was enacted on October 18. It applies to soldiers, hostages, people who were missing, evacuees, the estate of persons who died, hospitalized people, police personnel, prison personnel, fire personnel, full-time volunteers, spouses of the aforementioned, and companies owned by five or fewer people directly or via a parent company.
E-invoicing adoption is postponed by three months to March 31, 2024.