An extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity is established for self-employed workers whose activity has been suspended due to the declaration of the state of alarm or whose turnover is reduced by 75% with respect to the average of the previous six-month period. The benefit is 70% of the regulatory base and is valid for a limited period of one month, which can be extended until the last day of the month in which the alarm condition ends if it is extended.

Extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity

Effective from 18-3-2020, an extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity is created, analogous to the benefit for cessation of activity already in place, which will be available to self-employed workers who meet the following requirements:

a. That their activity has been suspended by the declaration of the state of alarm (RD 463/2020) or, alternatively, that the turnover of the month prior to that for which the benefit is requested is reduced by at least 75% in relation to the average turnover of the previous six-month period.

b. To be, as of 14-3-2020, affiliated to and registered in the RETA or REM.

c. To be up to date with the payment of Social Security contributions. If this requirement is not met on the date of the suspension of activity or reduction in invoicing, the managing body will invite the self-employed worker to pay the contributions due within a non-renewable period of 30 calendar days.

This benefit is also available to working members of worker cooperatives who have chosen to be classified as self-employed, provided they meet the requirements.

The amount of the benefit is the result of applying 70% to the average of the bases for which contributions were made during the 12 continuous months immediately preceding the cessation of activity (LGSS art.339). However, if this contribution period is not proven, the amount of the benefit will be equivalent to 70% of the minimum contribution base in the RETA or, where appropriate, in the REM.

The benefit, which is incompatible with any other benefit under the social security system, is limited to one month and can be extended until the last day of the month in which the state of alarm ends, if this is extended. The time during which the benefit is received will be considered paid contributions and does not reduce the periods of benefit for cessation of activity to which the beneficiary may be entitled in the future.

The application for this new benefit must be submitted to the mutual insurance company that collaborates with the SS with which the self-employed person has professional contingencies covered; to the ISM, in the case of REM workers, or to the SEPE if the contingencies are covered by the INSS. 

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