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The self-employed demand the end of fiscal bleeding and access to unemployment

ATA claims Sanchez a crash plan beyond the coronavirus. Less labor costs and contributions for net income, between requests

The economic break is already a fact. The slowdown that had been pointing out since the last quarter of 2019 has suddenly increased with the coronavirus health crisis, which has had a full impact on all economic sectors and employment. And one of the most affected groups is being the self-employed, who have already transferred their prescriptions to the Government to put an end to their problems. The president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, took advantage yesterday of the Assembly of the Association of Autonomous Workers (ATA) to announce that the Executive will launch “soon” a “crash plan to tackle” the coronavirus crisis. Although the president of the Executive presented this plan as an “achievement of the close collaboration between all the institutions”, he did not advance any of the measures that he will apply and was very imprecise in his words, limiting himself to defending that “all the authorities are acting at unison”.

Lorenzo Amor, newly re-elected president of ATA for the next five years, took advantage of Sánchez’s presence to remind him of the requests that this group already made last week, and warned him that the Government’s actions with the autonomous should not focus only on the coronavirus In the document, ATA lists a series of measures that, according to Amor, recapitulated the president personally yesterday and he assured him that he will take them into account not only to elaborate his announced shock plan. Among them, the most important ones stand out «to facilitate access to the economic benefit for cessation of activity for the self-employed – and not only those affected by the coronavirus–; the paralysis of Social Security contributions and deferrals in the payment of taxes by the Tax Agency in crisis situations; generalize a line of credits of the Official Credit Institute (ICO) to cover the fall in sales and production in crisis situations; propose that the Insurance Compensation Consortium expand its coverage; and that the Government suspend the increase in taxation and labor costs.

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For its part, the Union of Professionals and Autonomous Workers (UPTA) did the same and also submitted its own requests to the Government, which are not far from the proposals of ATA. In his case, he intends to approve a special benefit for the self-employed over the age of 52 who remain unemployed – in addition to an unemployment benefit for all self-employed persons such as the General Regime -; that the self-employed contribution system be reformed based on net income; tax incentives to achieve greater tax effort and a preventive action plan to reduce accident rates.

The CEO of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, present at the act of ATA, took the opportunity to charge against the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, and criticize his guide of action against the coronavirus in companies, a document on an “exceptional” issue that “without counting” the CEOE, which was limited to “making a cut and paste of the year 98” and “only brought more confusion.”

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