According to the report ‘The Digital Society in Spain 2020-2021′During the pandemic, remote work increased sevenfold, going from 5% to 37% in a matter of months. This increase in teleworking has encouraged the mobility of a greater number of Spaniards, so much so that, according to data from the Adecco Group Institute, it is estimated that there will be a large movement of digital nomads who will look for a new place to work as a result of regularization.
The increase in the mobility of workers becomes essential to distribute the density of the Spanish population since, according to Eurostat data, only 16% of the population is registered in rural municipalities. In the case of the self-employed, the percentage of remote work is lower despite the fact that according to the Report on Employment Supply and Demand in Spain, for 53% of the self-employed, the favorite place to carry out their activity is their home . In this context, TaxScouts, the online platform that simplifies tax filing for the self-employed and individuals, highlights the main tax advantages that some Autonomous Communities have implemented, to which self-employed workers can join to start their activity.
The Community of Madrid offers aid that subsidizes part of the necessary expenses for workers who are self-employed. Unemployed natural persons who register as self-employed workers can take advantage of them. Self-employed workers in general will be able to access a maximum of €2,500 and a minimum of €750 if they meet the requirements.
While unemployed youth under 30 years of age, unemployed women, unemployed over 45 years of age, long-term unemployed who have been registered in an employment office for at least twelve of the previous eighteen months, women victims of gender violence , victims of terrorism, and people with disabilities with a degree equal to or greater than 33% will be able to access aid of a maximum of €3,080 and a minimum of €750.
The self-employed in the Andalusian territory may request incentives of up to 5,000 euros to start their activity. The subsidies for women over 35 years of age and for men over 30 years of age amount to 3,800 euros. In the case of the self-employed under 35 years of age, and the self-employed under 30 years of age, the beneficiary will receive 5,000 euros to promote their new activity. Priority treatment is also given to the self-employed in the rural world, so the incentive will be 5,000 euros for those who reside in municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.
It is the Autonomous Community in which more measures have been implemented to favor the self-employed during this year and a series of bonuses and aid for the self-employed have been launched:
- High new opportunity bonus. People who meet the requirements of the call and who register in the RETA between January 1, 2022 and October 30, 2022, will be able to benefit from this initiative and opt for financial aid of 9,000 euros. Additionally, the unemployed who register as self-employed may count on an aid of 2,000 euros and in the event that it is in a municipality with less than 5,000 inhabitants, the aid amounts to €7,500.
- Bonus to change activity. It is reserved for people who are already self-employed, but who want to improve or transform the conditions of their activity. One of the most important aspects of this modality is that to access the 1,600 euros of aid from this bonus, the self-employed person must have started a new activity in a different sector from the previous one, in the period between January 1, 2022 and on October 30, 2022.
- Recruitment program for new businesses. This program to promote and consolidate employment in newly created small businesses aims to generate stable employment for unemployed people with special attention to rural Galicia. Subsidies that can reach up to 8,000 euros in the event that the employees to be hired are Galician returnees. Additionally, Galician inhabitants will be able to access aid of up to €12,500 in the case of undertaking a non-livestock or non-agricultural activity in a rural municipality
In Cantabria, the Ministry of Rural Development, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Environment has tried to promote the number of self-employed workers who work in agriculture and has therefore opened a call for a total of 7.4 million euros for the first installation of self-employed young people and modernization of agricultural holdings in 2022. These subsidies may be requested until next November 15 and may be increased up to 800,000 euros per beneficiary.
“Despite the economic context in which we find ourselves, the self-employed can take advantage of a variety of tax benefits, aid and bonuses offered by the Autonomous Communities. It is therefore essential that they are informed about which community offers the best conditions to take advantage of them “says Jaume Suñol, General Manager of TaxScouts Spain.