It seems that the new self-employed contribution system will not be able to start in January 2022, as the Government had foreseen. This is what the Ministry of Social Security transferred yesterday to the social agents and the main self-employed organizations, according to various sources. The reason that the Ministry alleged are the “technical difficulties” to launch the new contribution tool, which the Social Security works with the Treasury. Now the debate, still very open, is when the new contribution system for the self-employed could be launched, with the possibility of even being postponed to January 2023.
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The starting date in January 2023 has not been taken, agree several sources of the negotiation, who reiterate that the negotiation “is still very open.” Currently, the self-employed choose how much to contribute and the vast majority (86%) do so for the minimum possible. The Government now faces the task of adapting the system, so that the self-employed contribute according to their real income, a commitment from the coalition Executive but also a recommendation from the Toledo Pact commission.
On paper, the proposal of the Ministry continues to be to approve the new contribution mechanism for the self-employed so that it is ready in 2022 and it continues to be proposed that in that year new communication obligations of self-employed workers will start, to adapt their contribution to income. But, what the Ministry transferred yesterday to the social agents, is the “technical difficulty” of effectively starting the new collection mechanism in January 2022, for which it stated that “for economic purposes” it should surely start later.
Later, when? That is the point. Issue in which there are many intersecting interests. There are parties, such as the unions and the UATAE organization, that have raised their interest from the beginning in having this income contribution system start as soon as possible. With this mechanism, the self-employed with lower incomes will contribute less while those who earn more will contribute more to the Social Security coffers. As stated by Minister José Luis Escrivá, as a result of the first Social Security projections, with the contribution for real income, 70% of the workers will contribute the same or less.
On the other hand, there are those interested in the new listing system being postponed in time, especially now, with the crisis derived from the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the employers’ associations and the self-employed organization ATA (also part of CEOE). The UPTA organization, linked to UGT, seems to have a more intermediate position. It welcomes that the start of the contribution for income occurs in 2023, but rejects the gradual application in new years, which was also raised yesterday by the Ministry. “It should not be more than three years,” UPTA leader Eduardo Abad said yesterday.
Several sources consulted agree that “there is nothing closed” and that the next negotiations will have to clarify both the fine print of the new listing system and when it would be launched. The Ministry has already communicated that its idea is to produce a “gradual” implementation, in several years that must now be finalized, and that it be applied according to different income brackets, which also have to be agreed.
elDiario.es has consulted the Ministry of Social Security, which refuses to make statements in this regard since the negotiation is still underway.