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Autonomos Andalucia - Novelties 2019

Legislation by the Andalucia Government published in the BOJA on the 1st of July 2019, regulations re the call for applications published on the 29th of July 2019.

Prolonged and in some cases, even higher bonifications of the social security contributions for 6 groups of Autonomos, offered by the Junta de Andalucia, improving on the Tarifa Plana as established by national law.

New Autonomos – 24 months Tarifa Plana 60 euros/month
Young Autonomos – if under 30 – 24 months Tarifa Plana 30 euros/month
Rural Autonomos – 24 months Tarifa Plana 30 euros/month for those living and working in rural village with less than 5000 inhabitants
Autonoma mothers – 24 months Tarifa Plana 60 euros/month for those that stopped working as self employed to give birth, then resume their activities
Agricultural Autonomos – 24 months Tarifa Plana 50 euros/month. If under 30 and/or living in village with less than 5000 inhabitants, the Rural Autonomos tariff will apply.
Cooperative Autonomos 

Small print:

The beneficiaries of the subsidies regulated in this order, will be obliged to maintain their status as an autonomous worker, as well as, to the payment of Social Security contribution quotas, at least, during the time of enjoyment of the subsidy granted, which will be the equivalent of the sum of the months during which the Social Security contribution contributions are subsidized, in accordance with the provisions of article 7.

Meaning you commit to remain ´de alta´ and paying the Seguridad Social contributions for at least the duration of the Tarifa Plana, so for 24 months. Those on the Rural Tarifa Plana need to remain registered on the padrón of a qualifying town for the duration as well. Failure to comply will lead to reimbursement of the subsidies received. Meaning that you will have to pay the difference between the amounts as subsidised by the Junta and those as established by the State, plus interest.

The Ministry of Employment, Training and Autonomous Work has already opened the deadline to request new aid for the self-employed included in the Stimulus Program for the creation and consolidation of Autonomous Work in Andalusia.

In total, an investment of 28.6 million euros over the next three years and is expected to benefit around 24,000 self-employed workers in Andalusia.

Applications can be submitted from July 30 to September 30, 2021, and several deadlines are established depending on the type of self-employed person. For those that meet the requisites for the highest bonifications, the window to apply is 2 months as of the date you register as Autonomo. For those registered and paying the Tarifa Plana since 1.1.2019 (or any date thereafter, but before the deadlines for application were published on the 29th of July 2019) this window will be amplified with a second one, namely 2 months as of the ‘call’ for applications for these specific groups of Autonomos in the Junta de Andalucia Bulletin, dated the 29th of July 2019.

For all others, you need to apply in month 11 or 12 of your Tarifa Plana, for it to be continued for another 12 months at the same tariff. So, counting back 12 months, all those that registered and have been on the Tarifa Plana since August 1st 2018 (if you applied on the 30th of July), or since August 13 2018 if you manage to send off the application today or tomorrow.

For 2019, full grants are available for only 1500 Autonomos, the amounts available for 2020 and 2021 are much higher, but when it’s gone, it could be that your application won’t be honoured, for lack of funds. The Junta will publish about this if/when it happens.

Applications should be resolved within 2 months, if you haven’t heard anything after that, your application is understood to have been denied.

Further info on the Junta website, in Spanish only, still no language versions available on the website, but you can have your computer arrange for a translation, of course.

Direct incentives for the self-employed
The Junta also modifies the Order of September 21, 2018, which regulates the Entrepreneurship Program, second chance and economic stabilization of self-employed companies. Unlike the Tarifa Plana, here it’s about direct subsidies.

The first novelty is that they are compatible with the Tarifa Plana. That is, anyone who is enjoying it can also opt for help. The job seeker requirement – which was previously mandatory – is eliminated and a viability plan is not required, with the aim of saving administrative obstacles.

Economically, the beneficiary charges 100% of the subsidy after being granted, not 50% at the beginning and the other 50% at the end, as until now.

As a general rule, the amount rises from 2,600 to 3,800 euros for the start of the activity and the second opportunity (applicable to people who ceased their activity for reasons beyond their control). But the amount is higher for men under 30 and women under 35, who go from 3,800 to 5,000 euros.

There are more aids: the one for the creation of a patent or industrial design amounts to 10,000 euros, and it is no longer necessary to have the patent registered. Simply demonstrate the utility of the invention.

With regard to the aid for offering indefinite contracts to employees, its application is extended to contracts made within 12 months prior to the request for the aid and the requirement that one year elapses after the granting of the aid to receive it, has been eliminated . The subsidy amounts to 6,000 euros, which are reduced to 3,000 in the case of the conversion of an indefinite apprenticeship contract.

Finally, Employment doubles the amount allocated to investment in fixed assets, which goes from 10,000 to 20,000 euros.

NOTE: AS ALWAYS, A WORD OF CAUTION WHEN YOU APPLY AND MAKE USE OF GOVERNMENT GRANTS. Inform yourself thoroughly about the conditions you need to meet, both at the time of application, as for the years after having received them. Further info on that from our website.

Form to use to apply, only available through the Junta’s electronic office, so you need a digital certificate installed on your computer for access.

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INFO ON HOW TO INSTALL DIGITAL CERTIFICATE

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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