Happy new year, autónomos!
Not much changed in January for Spain’s freelance workers, unfortunately. A few cosmetic changes came about as a result of the Ley de reforma urgente del trabajo autónomo. However, these seemed to be extra exceptions to existing rules rather than real changes to the system.
The main changes are for new autónomos, however there are some for existing ones, too.
Changes for new autónomos in 2018
- New freelancers in Spain now pay €50 social security for the whole first year of business. Before, this was just 6 months.
- For women under 35 and men under 30, social security reductions will continue for 3 years rather than 2.
- Freelancers who also work a full-time paid job will be entitled to 50% reductions in social security for 18 months, and then a 25% reduction.
Changes for all freelancers in Spain in 2018
- You will be able to claim up to €26 per day (€48 abroad) in food as expenses if you have to eat away from home for business. You must pay via mobile or card (and keep your receipt).
- Freelancers who work from their own homes will be able to claim up to 30% of water, gas, internet and electricity bills of the parts of their houses affected by activity.
- You must have registered your home as you centre of economic activity when you signed up as self-employed for this to apply
Furthermore, Social Security payments for self-employed workers in Spain seem likely to rise by 3-4% in mid-2018.
Autónomos who have parted to create a Sociedad Mercantil, or who employ more than 10 people, will pay 4% more social security starting from January. There will be a possible increase further in the year.
Are you self-employed? What do you think of the tax changes?