VAT numbers damaged by Covid, the exemption from contributions is only on paper: the decree is missing. While the increase in the rate has already taken place

VAT numbers damaged by Covid, the exemption from contributions is only on paper: the decree is missing. While the increase in the rate has already taken place
VAT numbers damaged by Covid, the exemption from contributions is only on paper: the decree is missing. While the increase in the rate has already taken place

“To those who can, we are recommending you to to pay. Otherwise you risk finding yourself in must“. As president of the Coordination of Free Professional Associations (Colap), Emiliana Alessandrucci monitors the mood of workers every day autonomous e professionals struggling with tax appointments as they try to restart after Covid. And this week the mood is not the best: by June 30 they have to pay the balance 2020 e the down payment 2021 of the taxes on income and contributions. The latter, in theory, who last year was more damaged from the anti-contagion restrictions in 2021 at least in part should not pay them: the Budget law expected a partial exemption for all those who in 2019 had an income under 50 thousand euros and have seen because of the pandemic decrease revenues by at least 33%. Problem: the decree with all the details, signed by the Minister of Labor Andrea Orlando in May and then subject to scrutiny by the Court of Auditors and the EU Commission, it has not yet been published in the Official Journal.

Ergo you have to pay. Or rather: all self-employed workers registered with the separate management of the INPS. The technical report al Sostegni decree, which increased by 1.5 billion the appropriations for the measure, quantified in 50mil those who would have been entitled to the benefit, as well as 390 thousand between artisans and traders and 330 thousand professionals registered with private funds such as that of architects, lawyers, doctors and journalists. “But with the Sostegni bis craftsmen e Merchants they got (four days before the deadline ed) an extension from 17 May to 20 August and at that point those entitled to the exemption will not pay the second installment or will pay a reduced amount “, he explains Giuseppe Buscema, expert of the Foundation for labor consultants studies. “As for the professionals enrolled in privatized funds, each moved independently but for the most part they postponed the deadline. On the other hand, for those enrolled in the separate management, and therefore paying the final balance on the basis of the tax return, without the implementing decree, the deadline of June 30 remains, when the 2021 deposit must also be paid ″.

Not bad, underlines Alessandrucci, if we consider that the promised “exemption” is in fact a simple postponement: “Despite our requests and the openings that had arrived from the undersecretary Durigon, the amendment on the notional contribution was never approved. But without figurative contributions we will find ourselves, at the end of our working life, with a gap year for the purposes of pension“. So, despite the fanfare on the “white year for VAT numbers”, Colap is advising its members to pay, if they can. Those who cannot and perhaps would need help because their business has not yet restarted is waiting for another implementing decree: the one that should translate the promise of the “layoffs for the self-employed“, The unpronounceable Iscro (extraordinary indemnity for income and operational continuity) also introduced by the Budget Law for this year.

Although six months have passed, nothing is known yet, probably thanks to the crossing with the announced one “universal” reform of shock absorbers from the minister Andrea Orlando. Not that the expected support was particularly generous: from 250 to 800 euros per month, for a maximum of six months, only for those who earned less than 8,145 euros the year before. Below the threshold of absolute poverty in much of Italy. Please note: to finance the ISCRO, still a ghost, it was decided to increase further – from 25.7 to 25.9% – the contribution rate paid by all members of the separate management, the indemnity is not there, the additional tax yes.

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