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Self Employed Rights with Exceptional Coronavirus Measures



Self-employed raise their voices in protest. And at the measures announced by the executive on the occasion of the health crisis caused by the coronavirus.

They consider them shy and scarce. These are You have to enter the twitter account of Lorenzo Amor, 

the president of the Association of Autonomous Workers (ATA), to check the fiasco that the self-employed. They have taken with the Government’s shock plan by COVID-19 as regards to economic measures. 

“The measures announced by the Government in health matters seem to us to be correct. While those in economic matters are clearly scarce. 

Far removed from the SOS that the self-employed launch to the Government in this situation”, can be read in one of them.

Both ATA and UPTA (Union of Professionals and Self Employed Workers) had previously drafted two documents. 

That including a wide range of exceptional economic measures for the self-employed due to the coronavirus health crisis.

 The representatives hoped that. If not all, at least some of the proposals have incorporated into the crash plan announced on March 12 by the nation’s president, Pedro Sánchez. 

However, the truth is that in the public hearing there is hardly any reference to a group of workers have employed by others. That makeup more than 3 million people in Spain.


Although the battery of measures proposed by the self-employed is extensive. But the concessions are rather few. 

And none new since these have already contemplated in Royal Decree-Law 6/2020 of March 10. According to this, today, the only exceptional measures that the self-employed can benefit from are:

-Assimilation of the loss to the work accident. This implies that if, until now, an independent person for a common illness had the right to receive a certain amount from the fourth day of suffering it.

 Now, with the assimilation to the work accident, he has the right to collect it from the first day. The processing has carried out through the mutual companies following this protocol of action recommended by ATA.

– Deferment of payment of taxes without interest. Taxes such as VAT or personal income tax enter here. 

Clarify at this point that the payment of contributions to Social Security as self-employed does not correspond to any tax, therefore, whether or not they contract the coronavirus.

 the self-employed must continue to pay them with complete normality. Without palliatives of any kind.

Unemployment benefit

The right to unemployment benefit for the cessation of activity has recognized for all the self-employed since January 1, 2018. 

The problem is that, according to current regulations before availing himself of it. And he has to demonstrate Accumulated losses during a period that is usually around three months. 

Assuming that the health crisis and exceptional measures have limited to a matter of a few weeks. For less than those three months, this right becomes a waste of paper.

 Hence the declaration of Lorenzo Amor when he says: “Let’s see if it is true that when an autonomous person has forced to cease his activity for a reason such as force majeure.

 And he does not take a hit and has recognized and paid immediately”. The same association reminds that 60% of the self-employed who request the benefit,



This, as has been said many times, will depend on your contribution base. You are starting from those who take advantage of the minimum support, currently established at 944.40 euros per month. 

And it is having provisionally assimilates to the workplace accident, the self-employed, in their category of entrepreneurs. 

And “have the right to collect 75% of their contribution base, while the withdrawal lasts,” they affirm in Ángel Seisdedos’ tax office.

 The same does not happen with the employees in charge of the self-employed who have the right to receive 100% of the contribution base.


Despite the lack of the measures adopted. And the self-employed do not renounce the fact that over the next few days. Some of the pending proposals they may raise has included. 

Thus, in the case of ATA, the document that they have drafted with a decalogue of measures given the advance of COVID-19 includes, among others:

Exemption from paying the Social Security fee for self-employed persons without dependent workers who have forced to abandon their activity. 

Due to the care of children or dependents as a consequence of the closure of schools and care centers for the elderly.

 Along the same lines, they propose that these self-employed workers who are unsubscribed or quarantined should not force to pay their contribution to Social Security from the first day.

 And during the time it takes them to return to their businesses.

Socialization of the costs derived from the health crisis. “The costs must obtain from this epidemic are socialized. 

And that they do not fall only on companies, the self-employed and workers.

 In this way, it will be good for Social Security to cover the losses of the self-employed. And their workers from the first day, both in the case of contagion and mandatory quarantine. “

-Reduce to 50% of the Corporation Tax to the affected sectors. And temporarily abolish it to those that find their activity within the areas declared in quarantine.

Some of those mentioned above coincide with the document prepared by UPTA. In addition to national measures, also includes proposals for the autonomous communities and municipalities. Among the national ones, the following stand out.

A bonus of 100% of the Social Security quota from the beginning of IT (Temporary Disability) for professional contingencies. For those self-employed who are affected by both preventive quarantine, and for those who have developed the disease, during the IT period.

Application of cessation of activity:

-For all the self-employed who are indirectly affected and as a consequence, there is a reduction of at least 25% of their turnover, and this is considered force majeure.

-The self-employed who have to temporarily stop their activity due to a postponement or delay of the action contracted by a client and that it is carried out in conditions of economic dependency.

-The self-employed workers who must temporarily stop their activity because they have dependents will also enter into this assumption.

-The period of collection of this benefit will not count on the accumulated right of the same. In addition, those who have not reached the minimum price to qualify for the perception of this will be included exceptionally.

In fiscal and economic matters, they request, in addition to the establishment of extraordinary terms for the liquidation of direct and indirect taxes, personal income tax, VAT, etc., the making available to the self-employed and SMEs of a system for obtaining credits. Soft without interest; for this, it will provide the Spanish Confederation of Mutual Guarantee Societies with a fund of 100 million euros for the articulation of these emergency measures through the SGR.


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