In addition to the measures put in place by Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya has given the green light to a second decree of urgent measures to combat the possible effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on various areas affecting the Catalan economy. You can consult them here
- Aid for self-employed individuals
The government has made available aid of up to €2,000 for self-employed individuals working in industries that have been ordered to close due to the coronavirus crisis and who, in addition, can prove that they have suffered a serious and involuntary reduction in turnover. In order to be eligible for this assistance, they must prove financial losses in March 2020 as compared with last year. In the case of workers who have been registered under the Special Scheme for Self-Employed Workers for less than a year, the reference used will be the average monthly turnover from the date of registration. Payments under this scheme will be awarded until the limit of €7.5 million endowed for this purpose has been reached.
A deferral of payment deadlines for self-assessment and payment of all of the Generalitat de Catalunya’s own and central government taxes until the end of the state of emergency ordered by the Spanish government on 14 March. In addition, the Spanish government has also approved a decree with a number of actions and aid measures, which are available here. Their aim is to support business activity and, in particular, the groups and industries most directly affected by COVID-19 .
- Self-employed individuals and SMEs
In order to avoid potential cash flow problems for self-employed individuals and SMEs, the payment of taxes can now be deferred over a period of six months, with an interest rate reduction, on request. In addition, a specific finance facility of €400 million has been made available through Instituto de Crédito Oficial in order to meet the liquidity needs of both businesses and self-employed individuals in the tourism sector and in related activities affected by the current situation. Businesses that have received loans from the General Secretariat of Industry and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises can defer their repayment..
- Social security discounts for permanent seasonal contracts
The social security discounts for permanent seasonal contracts concluded between February and June in the tourism, trade and hospitality sectors linked to tourism have been extended.