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2020: Final payment deadlines – Bebat

In March 2020, we were all confronted with the realities of the coronavirus pandemic and the many measures introduced by the government, including the closure of non-essential businesses. In order to offer a little support in these difficult times, Bebat granted its participants a postponement of payment, among other things.

How did that work exactly?

In March 2020, at the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, Bebat decided to grant its participants a postponement of payment for all outstanding invoices until further notice. It also announced that it would not be charging late-payment interest or reminder fees. This exceptional measure applied for as long as the government measures relating to the closure of non-essential shops and retail outlets remained in force.

Bebat did, however, request that participants continue to submit their declarations so as to minimise the amount of extra work after the crisis. Many participants complied with that request, which Bebat really appreciated!

Transitional scheme

On May 11 2020 shops were allowed to reopen, but the crisis was far from over. Bebat therefore wanted to see what else it could do to help its participants – and it came up with a transitional scheme.

  • The postponement of payments was extended until June 30 2020.
  • Participants will receive an additional four months in which to pay all invoices, commencing on the due date of the invoice. This applies to all invoices that are already overdue or are due by September 2020 at the latest.

Final payment deadlines

These are the deadlines for the payment of invoices for monthly declarations:

Declaration period Due date  Final payment deadline
01/2020 or earlier 04/01/2020 or earlier 07/31/2020
02/2020 05/01/2020 08/31/2020
03/2020  06/01/2020 09/30/2020
04/2020 07/01/2020 10/31/2020
05/2020 08/01/2020 11/30/2020
06/2020 09/01/2020 12/31/2020

 

Some examples:

  • An invoice for an annual declaration with a due date of 05/01/2020 must be paid no later than 08/31/2020.
  • An audit invoice with a due date of 03/28/2020 must be paid no later than 07/27/2020.
  • An invoice for the annual contribution with a due date of 04/10/2020 must be paid no later than 08/09/2020.

All monthly declarations up to and including the 05/2020 declaration period must be submitted by June 30 2020 at the latest.

End of transitional scheme

Invoices due after September 1 2020 will once again be subject to the standard payment deadlines set out in the Regulations accompanying the Participation Agreement. In other words, these invoices must be paid by the stated due date.

What about collections?

The coronavirus pandemic also affected Bebat and its employees, most of whom continued to work from home but remained accessible through the normal means of communication.

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Nele Peeters, Bebat: 'For our collections, we temporarily switched to a limited service at the start of the lockdown, as many collection points were closed or were focusing on their core business.

Most collection points reopened at the same time as the stores, so we were able to switch back to our normal service.'

And that’s good news: You can now contact Bebat via all the usual channels to request a collection.

If there are special guidelines for your company or business, please contact us on 0800 97 521 or via collection@bebat.be, so that we can find the right approach together.

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