Self-employed and companies affected by the energy crisis can defer contributions – Social Security

Self-employed and companies affected by the energy crisis can defer contributions – Social Security

This measure is part of a decree-law setting out measures to support families, the self-employed and businesses, in the context of the armed conflict in Ukraine, published today in Diario da Republica, and which will enter into force on Tuesday.

In order to mitigate the effects of conflict in the supply chains of raw materials and in the energy sector, the decree-law provides for “an exceptional system for deferring the payment of social security contributions to the responsibility of the employer and the contributions of the self-employed, working within the scope of activities most affected by the rise in fuel and energy prices,” referring to to the months of March, April, May and June.

The system states that the payment of deferred contributions “can be made in installments, beginning in August and without adding interest,” the certificate states.

Also, according to the decree-law, “employers and self-employed workers in the private and social sectors whose fields of activity are determined by a decree issued by members of the government responsible for the fields of finance, economy and social security.”

Subscriptions for March, April, May and June can be paid as follows: one third of the amount of contributions is paid in the month in which they are due; The remaining two-thirds amount is to be paid in six consecutive equal installments starting in August, without interest.

The postponement of the payment of contributions “is not subject to demand” and the procedure “does not prevent the full payment of contributions due to employers and self-employed persons,” the diploma defines.

The same decree-law also provides for the extension of the scope of application of the supplementary system for deferring tax obligations to be fulfilled in the first half of 2022 “for companies in sectors particularly affected, depending on their productive characteristics, through the deterioration of energy prices.”

The diploma also creates an exceptional support that must be given to institutions in the social and solidarity sector “that develop social responses whose nature depends on the urgent need to transport people and goods”.

The conditions of support will be determined by order of the members of the government responsible for the areas of finance, labour, solidarity and social security.