Updated on Tuesday, 14 September 2021 – 17:11
The Government clarifies that the aid may also be used for “accounting losses generated during the coverage period.”
The First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calvio..
The Government had stated that the 7,000 million in direct aid would have an additional call so that the autonomous communities could dispose of this flow, but it has finally gone a step further so that the beneficiaries can be the small businessmen who incurred losses and losses. not just those who became defaulters.
Different communities governed by the PP (Andalusia, Madrid, Murcia and Castilla y Len) had criticized that the Royal Decree-Law of the Government reached “discriminate against those who have fulfilled their obligations by assuming the payment of their debts “, in addition to “requiring the submission of a broad list of prior documentation that complicates both applicants and subsequent administrative management.”
This system, which did not appeal to SMEs and freelancers either, has been giving priority to those who had outstanding invoices, to the detriment of those who had suffered accounting losses but had managed to avoid delinquencies.
The Executive clarifies this Tuesday that, “within the purposes to which the aid can be used, the concept of fixed costs incurred includes accounting losses generated during the coverage period. Thus, the self-employed and companies will be able to use the aid to satisfy debts and make payments to suppliers and other creditors, financial and non-financial, as well as to offset the fixed costs incurred, including accounting losses. ” generated before March 13, 2021 (and as recorded in the corresponding contracts).
In the amendment approved by the Council of Ministers of Royal Decree-Law 5/2021, the temporal scope covered by direct aid for freelancers and companies has also been extended, as Nadia Calvio had advanced. The first vice president and economic head advanced that a clarification would be carried out “so that the autonomous communities that have resources and that want to an additional call they can do it and they can execute [estas ayudas] to the maximum from here to the end of the year “, he exhibited in Telecinco.
Finally, it expands in four months, from May 31 to September 30, the term of coverage of these measures to support business solvency. The aid “may be used to pay debts and fixed costs assumed by companies from March 2020 to September 30, 2021.” In this sense, the doubt, if not the temptation, arises as to what would happen to those who, in view of this clarification, decide not to meet their needs this month with their suppliers.
“The claim that we have been making for months has transformed the way of acting and thinking of Minister Calvio”, considers Eduardo Abad, president of the association of autonomous UPTA. “The logical thing is that the transformation of the royal decree would not remain in clarifications. It was very difficult to simultaneously comply with the three sine qua non conditions: having losses of more than 30%, having debts with suppliers before the publication of the royal decree and not having given losses in previous accounting years. The Government has applied very restrictive regulations and therefore we have not even reached 50% of the budget“.
“The clarification is welcome, although we want them to arrive until December 31 and not until September 30,” says Lorenzo Amor, president of the autonomous association ATA: “This change will favor some companies, but there are many autonomous professionals, such as tourist guides, more than 50,000 in Spain, who do not have invoices because they have no expenses and who consequently cannot justify the request for aid even if they have not had activity “
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