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The new self-employed registered in the Canary Islands in 2023 will be able to benefit from the zero quota.

Vice President Manuel Domínguez announces the retroactivity of the measure and the reimbursement of the payment of the flat rate at the beginning of 2024


The Vice President and Minister of Economy, Industry, Commerce and Self-employed of the Government of the Canary Islands, Manuel Domínguez, announced this Thursday, in parliamentary commission, the retroactivity of the zero quota for new self-employed. In this way, all those people who have started their activity for the first time this year will be able to benefit from the zero fee and will be reimbursed the full payment of the state flat rate (80 euros) in January 2024. The self-employed who undertake next year will receive the payment at the beginning of 2025, a year due.

Domínguez appeared Thursday at the Economy Committee of the Parliament of the Canary Islands to explain the objectives of the new General Directorate of Self-Employed, which he summarized in three axes: help those who want to start an activity; support those who have already undertaken it, and improve the social protection of the self-employed by giving them a second chance.

As a first step, and complying with one of the commitments acquired by the Government, the Ministry, through the General Directorate of Self-Employed, will launch in January 2024 the zero quota aimed at self-employed who undertake for the first time, as announced last week after the meeting with the president of the Association of Self-Employed Workers (ATA), Lorenzo Amor.

It will consist in that, during the first and second year of activity, the self-employed will have 100% of their social contributions subsidized. This aid will have a duration of 12 months, which will be extendable to another 12 in case of having net yields below the Minimum Interprofessional Wage (SMI). The main requirement to access the zero fee is to be a beneficiary of the state flat rate of 80 euros, among others. The intention of the Government of the Canary Islands, with this measure, is to achieve economic savings for those who start.

The Vice President highlighted the importance of this new Directorate General, which will function as a large management center for the development and design of policies for the promotion of self-employment, becoming "the great ally of the main business fabric of the Islands: SMEs".

In relation to the second way, those entrepreneurs who are already active, the counselor announced two actions: the analysis of the cost overruns of companies and provide aid for hiring. "Our business fabric is small and they find themselves with the dilemma of not being able to hire, but if they do not they do not grow."

Regarding the third axis, Manuel Domínguez focused on those who have not adhered to the Second Chance Law, which are those who have closed their business and do not have the budget to undertake again and those who are about to undertake. In this sense, he stressed that the Government of the Canary Islands will help them by accompanying them in their project that – he said – must be "successful". In addition, this employer must accept the training and be mentored. In this context, the Minister of Economy highlighted artificial intelligence as an opportunity. "We are already working on a concrete project for the application of artificial intelligence in the self-employed," he concluded.
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