SMEs and the self-employed suspend the government’s economic measures due to the coronavirus

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The coronavirus crisis is already the main concern of the Spanish economy and both SMEs and the self-employed consider the plan deployed by the Government to be insufficient. This is confirmed by a survey carried out by the Association of Consultants in Spain (Aecem) to which ABC has had access, which reflects that the advisers see that their clients, SMEs and the self-employed are not satisfied with the approved measures. Between zero and ten, the respondents among the more than a thousand associates of the organization put a note to the measures approved by the Government of 3.83.

The decisions that seem least effective to them are those aimed at the self-employed (2.82), in addition to financing with public guarantees (3.77), and the ones they approve are the exemption of quotas for companies that submit an ERTE (5, 18) and support for the digitization of SMEs

s (5.05).

Instead, the respondents demand above all to suspend the payment of contributions to the self-employed (8.76 of average mark), to accelerate the pending tax refunds (8.65), not to compel the filing of monthly and quarterly tax returns (8, 61) in addition to the fact that the administrations already pay their pending invoices without exhausting the thirty days provided for by the Late Payment Law (8.52).

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Yesterday, Cepyme, the employers’ association for SMEs, presented a study that endorses the blow that the coronavirus crisis can bring to small companies in the country. 96% of the firms consulted consider that it will negatively or very negatively affect their business. More than half, 50.7%, believe that it will affect very negatively, while 45.58% indicate that it will do “negatively”. Almost 90% of companies believe that the economy will worsen. and these data: 82.2% of them see a reduction in Social Security contributions as beneficial

Regarding the measures that they have adopted to face the situation, 48% indicate that they have adopted teleworking, 31% that they have reduced the company’s activity, 25% have opted for an ERTE, another 17.5% are playing with the distribution of the day while 15% have ceased the activity of the company and 13% have given vacations to their employees. With a view to the measures they would like, 82% are inclined towards a reduction in Social Security contributions and a drop in Corporation Tax (59.8%). .


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