The direct aid worth 7,000 million euros that the Government of Pedro Sánchez approved last Friday has not left everyone happy. If already on the same day that the extraordinary Council of Ministers was held there were voices that put ‘buts’, such as tourism and hospitality, which despite evaluating them positively regretted that they were late and that their amount was insufficient, on the day Today it has been the self-employed who have charged harshly against the Government. “The aid is late, it is insufficient and the most serious thing leaves out thousands of freelancers who are suffering losses in this pandemic,” said the president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor.
A total of 95 sectors can choose the 7,000 million euros that the Government gives to the autonomous communities to distribute, as established by the Executive in the Royal Decree. stake activities related to tourism, such as hospitality, travel agencies, air transport or retail stores. In addition, taxis, newspaper publishing, performing arts and museums will also be able to order them. But there are activities such as hairdressers, beauty centers, driving schools, bicycle rentals, souvenir shops and academies, among others, that have been left out of the distribution.
This circumstance has been denounced by Amor, who has commented that “they are not aid for all the self-employed and companies that have suffered the crisis.” «What criteria have been followed so that a bookmaker can access and freelancers with hairdressers or beauty centers stay out? What objective criteria have been followed so that a self-employed car rental can access the aid and yet a company or self-employed that rents bicycles is left out? In both cases there has been the health crisis and the crisis of the arrival of tourists, “he said.
For this reason, the president of ATA asks the Government to “correct this error” as soon as possible. “Or we ask for coffee for everyone, but rather set objective criteria and help the self-employed,” he concluded.
It should be remembered that the amount that the self-employed and SMEs can receive is less than that established by other European countries. The autonomous communities may compensate, at most, 40% of the drop in income in the case of SMEs and micro-SMEs, and up to 20% for other companies. The self-employed who pay taxes in the module system they will receive 3,000 fixed euros. While for companies and freelancers who are taxed by the objective estimation criterion they will be between 4,000 and 200,000 euros.
In addition, as published in the BOE, and as ABC explained, the autonomous communities will have the aid transferred by the State within a period of at least 40 days. These can be requested until December 31 of this year. The regions will then have three months to render accounts to the Ministry of Finance on the management and execution of the aid. In addition, the balance not executed or committed to December 31, 2021 must be returned to the Ministry of Finance, so the communities will have to submit to the department of María Jesús Montero the report of their respective intervention and control bodies in which it is accredited and certify the amount of the refund.
Likewise, in the first quarter of 2023 the autonomous communities will send to the Ministry of Finance the reimbursements of aid derived from non-compliance with the conditions established for its concession.