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In Receipt of Pension And Work as Self Employed Autonomo

Posted in: Employment, Pensions,
Author: Richelle de Wit
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Whether or not you would have to register as Autonomo with both the Tax Office and the Seguridad Social depends on various factors.

  1. Whether you receive a full pension and are of legal state pension age in Spain. If not and under legal pension age, you could benefit from paying regular Autonomo contributions to add on to your total of contributing years, generating a pro-rata Spanish pension. You might be entitled to the discounted Tarifa Plana.
  2. Whether your income remains under legal minimum wage. If not, you need to pay the 8% ‘solidarity’ contribution as mentioned in this FAQs. If it does, only registering with the Tax Office should suffice.
  3. If you carry out your work as self-employed Autonomo habitually or only incidentally. If the first, then yes to registering with the TGSS.
  4. If you already had a business and want to continue and draw your pension, there are different requisites to meet to be able to receive 100% of your pension. You´d need to employ at least one person, cannot be on a domestic (cleaning) contract.

In all cases you need to include the income generated by your self-employed activities on your RENTA income tax declaration.

We highly recommend visiting the Tesoreria General de la Seguridad Social (TGSS) in your area to inform yourself about your obligations as self-employed Autonomo before you start your activities, as when procedures have not been followed correctly, the Seguridad Social is quick to sanction and correct the situation is often not possible without paying sanctions issued first. You don´t have to make an appointment, you turn up and take a number.

If you need to register as Autonomo, you need to have a Digital Certificate or Cl@ve Pin installed on your computer as the registration takes place telematically, through the Seguridad Social on-line office. Info on both on our website.

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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