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Relief Program Waves Social Security Contributions for Italian Farmers

Jun. 15, 2020
Paolo DeAndreis

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Registered Italian farm­ers will not have to pay Social Security con­tri­bu­tions for the year.

In an offi­cial note, INPS (the Italian Social Security National Institute) said the exemp­tion from the manda­tory assur­ance con­tri­bu­tion is part of a broader effort by the Government to pro­mote entre­pre­neur­ship within the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

The ben­e­fit is extended to both new agri­cul­tural entre­pre­neurs and new self-employed direct grow­ers.

Newly reg­is­tered and young farm­ers under 40 years of age may also ask to be exempted from pay­ments in 2021 as well.

The incen­tive,” states the note, pro­vides for exemp­tion from the pay­ment of 100 per­cent of the con­tri­bu­tion of the com­pul­sory gen­eral insur­ance for inva­lid­ity, old age and sur­vivors (IVS), for a max­i­mum period of 24 months.”

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Given the nature of farm­ing, which often involves the whole house­holds, the self-employed grow­ers can ask that the ben­e­fit be extended to fam­ily mem­bers help­ing on the field.

While directed to all the young farm­ers reg­is­ter­ing in 2020, the ben­e­fit will not be auto­mat­i­cally applied. The spe­cific request must be sent elec­tron­i­cally to INPS who will ver­ify the posi­tion of appli­cants and approve them case-by-case.

The fis­cal incen­tive is one of a series of mea­sures that sev­eral Italian farm asso­ci­a­tions have been ask­ing to bet­ter face the COVID-19 after­math. It also adds up to the new funds for agri­cul­ture signed by the min­istries of Agriculture of the European Union.

Within the frame­work of E.U. actions to sus­tain the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, Italian farm­ers will receive con­tri­bu­tions up to 7.000 ($7.900) in a series of incen­tives worth 400 mil­lion ($453 mil­lion) that will be assigned until June 2021.

The new funds decided by the min­istries will have to be con­firmed by the European Parliament where mod­i­fi­ca­tions could lead to a delay.

To sus­tain the activ­i­ties of women agri­cul­tural entre­pre­neurs, the Italian Agricultural Federation (CIA) and sev­eral asso­ci­a­tions have asked the Italian Ministry of Agriculture to unlock the new fund Women on the Field” worth 15 mil­lion ($16.98 mil­lion) that was announced last November, before the eco­nomic shock caused by the COVID-19 emer­gency.





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