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Escrivá makes a move with the self-employed: proposes new installments of between 250 and 550 euros | Economy

The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, in a presentation on May 19.
The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, in a presentation on May 19.FERNANDO ALVARADO (EFE)

The last movement to unblock the negotiation on the design of the new contribution system for real income for the self-employed has been carried out by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration. Last Friday, he proposed to the self-employed organizations a new contribution scheme that ranges from 250 euros per month for those self-employed workers with lower returns, up to a maximum of 550 for those who enter more.

Eduardo Abad, president of the Union of Professionals and Autonomous Workers (UPTA) has tweeted the new proposal with the different assignments. The proposal, confirmed by the department of Escrivá, includes 13 income brackets for the years 2023, 2024 and 2025, in which the amount of the fees is progressively increased depending on the income of the self-employed. Thus, for those who prove a turnover equal to or less than 670 euros per month (their minimum contribution base would be 816.99 euros), the fee to be paid to Social Security would be 250. According to UPTA, 1,307,464 self-employed workers (41 % of the total) would benefit from a reduction of 57 euros with respect to the fee they pay under the current system (307). The next most favored group with this proposal would be those with income between 1,125.9 and 1,300 euros, who would pay 290 euros instead of 342 (52 euros less); and only those who exceed 1,700 euros would pay more with this new system than currently. The highest fee, 550 euros, is for those with incomes over 4,050 euros, and that would increase by 89 euros.

Relations between Social Security, unions and self-employed organizations have gone through different stages (according to the fit of the proposals) over the last few months. Despite the fact that from the beginning all of them agreed on the need to agree on this new quotation system ―which was suggested and approved by the Toledo Pact―, its development has not been as smooth as might have been expected. In the first place, because there is more to regulate the contributions of the self-employed based on their income (which benefits those who invoice less), the period of deployment of this system began covering a horizon of nine years that most organizations (UATAE and UPTA, especially) considered excessive. With this latest proposal, Escrivá contemplates a reduction in fees that would have an immediate impact between 2023 and 2025.

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This proposal has been received differently among self-employed organizations. The Association of Self-Employed Workers (ATA) ―integrated into the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE)― has been the one who has harshly criticized the successive proposals of the Ministry of Social Security (and the Government), denying that these were going to be the more beneficial for most self-employed workers. The last formal proposal that they transferred to the Government on May 20 contemplates great differences with respect to this last draft. In it, the quota for those with lower income (less than 700 euros) was 205 euros (45 less) during the following three years; while the highest began at 329.7 in 2023 and reached 400.4 euros in 2025.

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“We consider that this proposal meets both the objectives we set for ourselves in July and the commitments made with Brussels in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, and that, given the current situation, it is the only one that proposes an acceptable reform. for the self-employed without undermining their social protection, the sustainability of the system and the financial sustainability of the group and, therefore, its ability to continue creating wealth and employment,” ATA said in a statement.

From the other organizations they fit the draft of Social Security with greater pleasure. “We will not give up our efforts to change the current contribution system for the self-employed. It is fair that those who can least have to make less effort, those who are lucky enough to have more have the obligation to contribute more. Nobody can be against it”, says Abad, president of UPTA (an organization linked to UGT) in the message published on social networks. For UATAE (linked to CC OO), they hope that these movements will be in line with “protecting the group of self-employed” and that those placed in the lower brackets “further reduce their share.” In the Ministry of Social Security they do not enter into assessing the course of the negotiation, but they do remember that the mandate to design a contribution system for real income emanates from the Toledo Pact, and that “it obtained the support of all the parties.”

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