The Covid-19 allowance of 600 euros is about to reach the pockets of millions of Italians, including those of the many freelancers. The Italian government has also said that nobody will lose their job because of the epidemic.
To ease the economic and social effects of the virus, the Italian government has approved a decree for an aid package of up to €25 billion ($27.77 billion) for families and companies but which will mobilize resources of up to €350 billion.
The number one rule is to have a VAT number and that it has been opened by February 23, 2020.
This includes self-employed workers who, due to their autonomous or atypical nature, generally do not have access to the main social safety nets. To this end, steps were taken to ensure income support for workers not covered by the exemption layoffs, such as seasonal workers, including those in the tourism sector, self-employed workers and temporary workers.
This compensation comes in the amount of a €600 payment which will reach nearly 5 million people in Italy, including around 83,000 people working in the sports industry.
Those who have always worked illegally (and who never showed up at the tax office to open their own tax position), could wait for April to have the Emergency Income.
Among other things, these series of measures to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus, include parental leave, grants for the self-employed, a boost for the hiring of health workers and a provisional suspension of tax payments and social security contributions.
There will also be support for workers and businesses, such as a tax-exempt €600 payment to almost five million workers, including the self-employed whose earnings have been affected as a result of the emergency.
Due to the inconveniences faced by parents following the closure of schools and nurseries, the government will provide parental leave of up to 15 days, and cover 50% of salaries for families with children under 15 years of age or with severe disabilities.
The measures also include a provision of €600 to parents and up to €1,000 to national health service and law enforcement personnel for babysitters.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Monday that although the decree was a powerful one, it would not be sufficient and the country will have to approve another package soon.
From April 1st, just go to the INPS website, log in to MyInps (you can do it in different ways, as well as with the Pin also with Spid, the digital identity) and then go to Questions for income support services. There, you can send the Covid Indemnity request (there is already the Covid Indemnity-19 entry)
Who can request the measure?
1. Professionals with VAT number and workers with coordinated and continuous collaboration relationship (with the opening of the VAT number or the contract by February 23, 2020): 203.4 million euros have been made available for them.
2. Self-employed workers registered in the Special Management of Compulsory General Insurance, ie artisans, traders, direct farmers, colonists and sharecroppers. 2,160 million euros have been earmarked for them.
3. Tourism and spa workers: seasonal tourism and spa workers must have stopped their work between 1 January 2019 and 17 March 2020. 103.8 million euros have been allocated for them.
4. Agricultural workers temporary workers: it is necessary to demonstrate that in 2019 at least 50 days of actual dependent agricultural work have been worked. For them 396 million euros have been allocated.
5. Entertainment workers enrolled in the pensions fund of entertainment workers: you must have at least 30 daily contributions paid in 2019, have no more than 50 thousand euros of income and do not have, as of March 17, 2020, an employment relationship. For them, 48.6 million euros have been allocated.
In all cases, you do not need to have a pension. Furthermore, those who already take citizenship income cannot cumulate with the Covid allowance.
Who can do other private pension funds?
Those who are surveyors, doctors, engineers, journalists and commercial agents can contact their social security institution. The Minister of Labor and Social Policies, Nunzia Catalfo, has, in fact, signed the interministerial decree which has also opened to other categories that do not make their contributions to INPS