Study shows: flat tax does not favor the self-employed – Editorial staff

Anyone who reads this newspaper of ours knows that the story about the “flat tax that discriminates against employees” is such a big hoax that only the Republic could ride it. Enrico Zanetti explained it to us well and a study by the Cgia of Mestre now also confirms it. Which definitively silences the complaints of the unions on the flat tax a 85 thousand euros wanted by the Meloni government.

According to the CGIA, it is not true that the flat tax benefits artisans and small businesses over those who, as employees, pay taxes directly in their paychecks. Despite the increase to 85 thousand euros of the band which can be accessed flat-rate scheme and at the rate of 15%, the self-employed continue to pay more taxes than employees. The benefits come only in the income bracket between 60 and 65 thousand euros. “In all other comparisons, i.e. between 10,000 income up to 55,000 euros – reads the research – the self-employed always pay much more than white-collar workers and workers, with peaks between 3,760 and 3,875 euros a year in the income range between 25 and 30 thousand euros, additional levy that rises to around 4,200 euros with incomes between 15 and 20 thousand euros. If, then, we make the comparison between employees and self-employed workers they do not apply the flat taxthe higher levy for the latter increases dramatically, with peaks, between 60 and 65 thousand euros of income, of over 6 thousand euros a year”.

Small advantages are only in the range between 60 and 65 thousand euros. “In this case – recognizes the CGIA – the self-employed with a flat tax will suffer an annual tax levy lower than employees of 640 euros in 2023. If the comparison is made with an income of 65,000, the benefit rises to 1,285 euros”. However, the advantage stops here, given that to raise the bar the VAT number should have a turnover or turnover that exceeds the threshold of 85 thousand euros.

“Those who have cried foul in recent weeks should therefore repent,” writes the CGIA. Not just because the self-employed continue to pay more taxes than employees. But also why the Meloni reform concerns about 140 thousand VAT numbers, only 4.2% of those who today do not apply the flat tax and it does not cost the State who knows how much (404 million euros). Furthermore, we must remember that the “advantages” at the threshold of 65 thousand euros of income may be there, but the VAT number has no “guarantee” to reach that threshold every year. To invoice 85 thousand you have to commit yourself, fight on the market, take risks, not get sick too often. See the Covid case: in the two years of the pandemic, VAT numbers have decreased, employees have grown. In short: being autonomous involves a risky bet, which the employee does not face.

Not to mention all the “bonuses” that a self-employed person cannot enjoy. “Workers are more fragile than others – says the CGIA – They have very few protections: compared to employees, for example, they do not have sickness, holidays, leave, severance indemnity and thirteenth/fourteenth month payments. In the event of momentary difficulty, they have neither layoffs nor, in the event of job loss, NASPI2. It has been certified that the risk of poverty in families where the main income is attributable to a self-employed person is higher than that of employees”. Need anything else?

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Study shows: flat tax does not favor the self-employed – Editorial staff

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