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New measures provide some more relief for Costa small firms and the self-employed

Government spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, announced the measure this week.
Government spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, announced the measure this week. / EFE
  • An extra month has been given to pay in first-quarter tax receipts, that had been due by 20 April

The government confirmed this week that smaller firms and self-employed would not have to pay in first-quarter tax receipts that had been due by 20 April. Payment had been due to the government for VAT and income tax retention of workers. Instead there is now an extra month, until 20 May (or 15 May for automatic bank transfer).

The move is expected to benefit 200,000 'autónomos' and small and medium-sized businesses whose turnover is less than 600,000 euros. Many had been worried not just because of lack of funds but also that they hadn't been able to complete their accounts properly during the stricter shutdown of non-essential workers.

Firms and self-employed still have the option to delay payment of these first quarter payments further on request via their gestor until July without interest or until October with interest.

Autónomo-specific measures

It is expected that the government will shortly approve an extra measure for autónomos, where those that pay a fixed preagreed amount in taxes to keep bureaucacy simple, the modular system, will be allowed to move to the direct estimation system as their incomes have dropped.

In addition, the Junta de Andalucía gave details of the 300 euros it will pay to self-employed in many sectors to cover April social security cuotas. The payout will be for those who aren't due other payments from suspended or reduced activity. Details can be found online (www.juntadeandalucia.es/organismos/empleoformacionytrabajoautonomo/servicios.html).