By Sarah Keane • 10 October 2020 • 12:58
POSITIVE changes in social security contributions for self-employed workers have been suggested this week as leading officials enter into talks about how best to revolutionise the system.
Currently, all freelancers pay a fixed monthly amount in social security contributions, regardless of their earnings. The Social Security Ministry and the Tax Agency are working together to develop a system which could see ‘autonomos’ contribute according to their income brackets instead.
The news has been met with mixed reviews, with expats taking to social media to voice their opinions.
Paul Shand from Facebook said: “The system needs to change, it’s ridiculous that you could earn €500 euros and still have to pay €300 out in social security. There should be a threshold like their is for IRPF.”
Lorenzo Amor, president of the self-employed workers association ATA, warned that the time may not be right for such changes, fearing that freelancers could actually end up paying more. As reported in El Pais, Lorenzo vowed that “We will not support any change in the contribution system for the self-employed that means a raise in their contributions. This is not the right time, and the self-employed are really struggling.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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