The Government has raised this Tuesday a new contribution proposal for the self-employed that includes changes in the system of brackets and in the concept of net income. The offer has been transferred orally to the social agents during the meeting held today and has not yet been presented in writing, according to negotiation sources. With the new offer from the Ministry of Social Security the amounts of some of the most numerous sections are reduced for workers who have incomes of 900 to 1,500 euros per month. The two upper sections for the segments with the highest income are also eliminated, with which the maximum quota would be around 991.44 euros compared to the 1,267 of the initially proposed scheme.
In addition, the sections would now begin in those with income from zero to 700 euros. These workers would already pay in 2031 a share of 214 euros against the 183.6 euros of the initial offer and also below the current almost 300 euros. Social Security sources clarify to ABC that the fee has been raised compared to the initial offer "to improve social protection" for this group. From the Department of Social Security they also reported that the concept of net income will be redefined and it will be allowed deduct some expenses previously not included.
From the National Federation of Associations of Autonomous Workers-ATA they specified that with the new model proposed in the meeting the two upper brackets would be eliminated and the quota would be lowered for the two segments above the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI). The definition of the concept of net income is also retouched and now depreciation and provisions are removed along with 5% for current expenses.
From ATA they reminded the Government again the difficulty of establishing any contribution system based on real income if there is no "quality data" that is communicated by the Tax Agency, as well as an order of the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (RETA). "ATA says no to the new proposal again because the problem is not in the sections," warned the president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor.
Despite the new offer by the Executive, from ATA they insist that the main problem continues to lie in the nuance of real income when setting the brackets of self-employed quotas. In this sense, they emphasize that many self-employed have expenses that the Tax Agency does not allow to deduct and that would be left out of the calculation. Love remembered that “The problem is not the sections”. and that "you cannot start the house from the roof". Likewise, the president of ATA stressed that the offer is based on data from the Tax Agency, which does not collect information on 40% of the self-employed.
For its part, from the department headed by the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, they assure that after analyzing the proposals sent by the self-employed associations, «substantial modifications with respect to the last approaches, in response to the different requests of the social partners». The Ministry of Social Security considers that two out of three self-employed would contribute the same or less than now. They also defend that it will bring more benefit among women since three out of four would contribute the same or less and among young people, since three out of four would contribute the same or less.
The largest association of freelancers in the country also reminded the Executive that the period of validity of the benefit for cessation of activity is exhausted, scheduled until next February 28. For their part, from Social Security they affirmed that they discussed the possibility of introducing improvements in the ordinary cessation of activity and in the creation of a mechanism analogous to the one created in the labor reform.
The previous system of quotas for the self-employed proposed by the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, had met with the rejection of a large part of the group. From ATA they criticized that the contribution system for real income would end the voluntary choice of the contribution base by replacing the current model with 13 income brackets, each with an assigned monthly fee.
The initial proposal based on contributions for real income established a minimum fee of 183 and a maximum of 1,267 euros per month. These 13 proposed tranches would be implemented progressively between now and 2031 between 183 euros per month for those with monthly returns below 600 euros and around 1,260 euros for those with returns above 4,050 euros. In the case of income brackets from 900 to 1,125.9 euros and from 1,125.9 to 1,300 euros, the quota remained fixed throughout the period, at 293.94 euros in the first case and at 351.9 euros in the second.