The Government today presented its proposal to the self-employed to adapt its contribution system for real income and has triggered a frontal rejection in the main association of this group. As Lorenzo Amor, president of ATA, has denounced, the Social Security approach affects 1.5 million self-employed and will mean a rise in the contribution to about 700,000. At the meeting, an attempt was made to reach an agreement on the new tranches of contributions that would affect this group, according to Amor explained, although the positions have finally been removed. In addition to ATA, UPTA and Uatae have also attended the meeting, organizations that have shown themselves these days in favor of the reform although they have also demanded that it be done with tax justice.
As explained by Amor, the proposal proposed by Escrivá would affect only the self-employed who are in the direct estimation system, to whom the real income contribution system will be applied depending on the tax system currently used. This means leaving out of the reform the one million self-employed who are in the corporate system, as well as the self-employed collaborators. Those who are currently taxed by the module system will be applied the yield set by Hacienda annually, according to Amor.
“What is sought is that the self-employed can choose at any time their income forecast and then adjust to the end of the year,” explained the president of ATA. As he has remarked, it makes “all the sense” to progressively adapt the contributions of the self-employed to their real income, but “this is not the time” to do so in the current context nor does it seem “feasible from an operational and practical point of view”, because There are no means or processes to determine the real income of the self-employed and apply proportionality in the quota in real time.
For this reason, Amor has said that the proposal contains an “unfair” system, which may lead to freelancers with higher incomes being able to avoid a higher contribution just because they are, for example, in the corporate system.
For his part, the president of UPTA, Eduardo Abad, has assured these days ago that the current system is “absolutely unfair and not very supportive.” He also believes that it has become “obsolete” and that it has “a big economic hole”, which is “essential to repair” if you want a method that lasts over time. «We can debate on the sections, on how those self-employed who pay in objective estimation (modules) will have to do it, or those who will do it by direct normal or simplified estimation. In any case, the contribution of each of the self-employed workers must have a fundamental principle: tax justice ”, UPTA has remarked according to Ep.
On the other hand, Uatae has claimed that Spain must begin by “accelerating the fair and solidary reform” of the contribution of the self-employed to Social Security, which reinforces the Welfare State. Uatae made it clear that “without decent self-employment, there will be no fair economic recovery.” According to Ep, its general secretary, María José Landaburu, assured that it has been defending a new system of contributions for real income for years.