Vilnius extends a helping hand to tenants of premises owned by the City exempting them from taxes
The City of Vilnius reminds that back in March it ensured that residents of Vilnius are exempted from the payment of the real estate tax during quarantine. This also goes to those, who own real estate or land plots, also tenants of state land engaged in cultural, leisure, catering and other activities.
The City has taken steps to reduce losses even if, during quarantine, tenants of municipal premises have found a way to partially operate in other forms during the time when their core business was impossible due to quarantine restrictions.
“The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed our normal rhythm of life, but we want the city to be alive and open to people again after the quarantine ends. Therefore, we aim to minimize the losses incurred by our tenants during quarantine to allow residents of Vilnius to resume their activities as soon as possible after it ends. We exempt tenants of premises owned by the City, who are now unable to carry out their core activities in the premises rented from the City, without any additional agreements, until the end of the quarantine”, says Remigijus Šimašius, the Mayor of Vilnius.
Even though invoices have already been generated automatically and reached the tenants, the City wants to reassure that they will not have to be paid for this period, crediting invoices sent during quarantine.
According to the Council’s decision, all tenants (users) of privately owned real estate, land plots and state land in Vilnius, which provide cultural, leisure, entertainment, sports, wellness services, also sanatoriums, recreation centres, hotels, catering establishments, restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and other places of entertainment, beauty services, casinos and slot machine salons, stores, shopping and / or entertainment centres, have been exempted from taxes until the end of the quarantine.
The tax relief is targeted at natural and legal persons whose activities were restricted or banned due to the epidemic, aiming this way to support business and others entities facing unforeseen circumstances that have a significant impact on their economic activities and to alleviate the tax burden.
Specialists of the City emphasize that applying for this benefit filing a separate application shall not be necessary.