Escrivá once again lowers the quotas for the self-employed

The Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá. / EFE

The minister tries to close an agreement that resists reducing up to 200 euros the contributions to those who earn less than the minimum wage

Lucia Palacios

Another twist in the new contribution system for the self-employed that the Government is negotiating with the social agents, already with the time limit that had been set (end of June) exhausted. The Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, has moved again to try to close an agreement that has been close to candy for weeks but is still resisting, for which he has yielded to pressure to further lower the quotas for those who least they win but keeping those of those who enter the most and, in this way, satisfy both unions and employers.

Thus, the new contribution scheme based on real income will have quotas that will range between 230 euros and 530 euros in 2023, to be gradually modified over the following two years until reaching a range in 2025 between 200 euros and 590 euros. , according to the latest text that the ministry sent to the social partners this Monday afternoon.

Specifically, for next year Escrivá has reduced the quota for those with net income equal to or less than 670 euros per month by 15 euros to 230 euros, as well as cutting three euros to 275 euros for those who earn between 900 and 1,125 euros. For 2024, it lowers the quota of the first three sections even more, that is, for those who enter the minimum wage or less, and leaves them at 225 euros -the lowest-, 250 euros and 267 euros.

In turn, in 2025 there is another reduction for the three lower income brackets, where about 1.9 million self-employed people are located, and their fees are reduced to 200 euros, 240 euros and 260 euros. In this way, the annual savings for those who pay the lowest fee in the system will be 1,127 euros.

With this maneuver, Escrivá accedes to the request of the unions - more specifically of the CC OO, the organization that is now most critical of the proposed scheme and that for the moment refuses to sign the agreement - to benefit those with fewer resources, but without counterpart, since the quotas of those who earn the most are maintained, since ATA would not tolerate any more increases.

Flat rate of 80 euros

The new contribution model will reduce the quota to some 2.2 million self-employed, those who have incomes below 1,300 euros, while freezing the contribution of those who earn between 1,300 and 1,700 euros. On the other hand, close to 800,000 self-employed people, those who earn more than 1,700 euros, will see how their quota is gradually increasing from next year to reach 590 euros in 2015 for those who earn more than 6,000 euros per month, with which doubles the fee they currently pay (290).

In addition, the Government will maintain the flat rate for the new self-employed, for all without restrictions, but raises the fee to 80 euros per month, as this newspaper advanced.

"It would be really crazy not to carry out the new system by which 2.2 million self-employed will reduce their contribution to 1,127 euros a year," explained Eduardo Abad, president of UPTa, who urges the agreement to be signed as soon as possible.

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