The Council of Ministers has approved new economic measures to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus crisis, among which the extension to 4 months of the moratorium for the payment of taxes for SMEs and the self-employed, as well as the injection of 30,000 million to the Social Security to face the payments of pensions and unemployment benefits.
In order to provide liquidity to SMEs and the self-employed, and after an agreement with Citizens, the Government has Increased from three to four months the period in which they can postpone the payment of their tax obligations without paying interest. In total, the deferral could reach six months, which implies that more than half of the deferment period would not bear any surcharge for these taxpayers.
The Decree introduces the adaptations for the presentation of the declaration of Corporation Tax to the reality caused by the pandemic, allowing those companies that have not been able to approve their annual accounts before the end of the declaration period of this Tax, to present it with the accounts available at that time. A special regime is also enabled to present another declaration, without surcharges, when the annual accounts have been approved.
Moncloa has agreed exceptionally delay until September the publication of the so-called ‘list of defaulters’ of the Tax Agency so that the established procedures can be solved with all the guarantees taking into account the health crisis situation.
The Council of Ministers has given the green light to a loan to the General Treasury of Social Security, for an amount of 16,500 million euros and an extraordinary credit in the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration for an amount of 14,002 million euros to balance the impact on Social Security accounts derived from COVID-19, especially with ERTE and benefits for cessation of activity to the self-employed.
Also included are two credit supplements motivated by the double budget extension of 99 and 272 million euros, to complete non-contributory benefits and the child benefit, respectively.
In the agrarian field, the Royal Decree Law puntil September 30, the extraordinary measures to promote temporary agricultural employment are renewed. With this three-month extension, which covers until the end of several more active campaigns such as stone fruit or summer crops, the availability of labor is guaranteed to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers.
Young foreigners in a regular situation who work in the field will be able to access a residence and work authorization that will be valid for two years, renewable for another two years, and which will be valid throughout the national territory and without sectoral or activity limits, all without prejudice to the fact that, for access to the long-term residence, all periods of legal and continuous residence will be taken into account with this or other authorizations of which it has been the holder.
The decree approved by the Government extends the coverage to personnel who provide care in health or socio-health centers. Until now, this type of contingency has been considered to be of a common nature, assimilated from an accident at work for the purposes of temporary disability, and now it is considered a professional contingency derived from an accident at work, which means greater coverage in cases where said illness causes permanent disability. or death for these workers.
In the field of telecommunications, the Council of Ministers today approved the Elimination of the limitations to the users to change operator keeping their telephone number, what is known as portability. Once the entire national territory is already in Phase 1 or Phase 2, the elimination of the portability restrictions will allow the telecommunications market to recover its dynamism and full operation and, at the same time, the capacity of the citizenry will be restored to choose the services that best suit your needs.
Once the Royal Decree-law approved today comes into force, only the extraordinary obligation remains for operators not to interrupt electronic communications, as they are essential services, until the state of alarm is terminated, even in the case of subscribers who had not made the payment. For this reason, the measures approved today include a procedure that makes it easy for subscribers to meet outstanding bills in a flexible way.