AGI – The first and expected aid package from the Draghi government for businesses, VAT numbers and families, from the 32 billion of extra deficit authorized with the latest budget variance, should see the light by next week. The so-called Sostegno decree begins to take shape and should guarantee a loan of 2 billion euros for the vaccination plan, the extension of the blocking of layoffs until June, the extension of the Covid redundancy fund for the entire year, refreshments for 2.7 million of activities affected by the crisis, parental leave for the parents of pupils in Dad and the suspension of the new tax bills until April 30th.
Will be once again an emergency measure and will be the subject of a close technical and political confrontation between now and the next 7-10 days. “The Mise is conducting discussions with the other ministries and in particular with the Mef which is the one appointed to draft the provision that will have the urgency requirements and which will hopefully see the light within the next week”, assured the Minister of Economic Development. , Giancarlo Giorgetti.
The freeze on layoffs until June
The first pillar remains the work package. According to the hypotheses circulated, the government plans to extend the freeze on layoffs, which expires at the end of March, until June 30th. It is not clear if it will be a selective intervention, or if the mini extension will affect everyone and only later will the stakes be introduced.
While the refinancing of the Covid layoffs will extend throughout the year and no longer for tranches of weeks to be used in a given period of time. Another 40 weeks should be guaranteed to spread until December 31st.
Refreshments change, goodbye to Ateco codes
Instead, the mechanism of refreshments will change which, in the intentions of the government, they should be allocated to 2.7 million businesses, including businesses and professionals, with a turnover of up to 5 million euros. They will no longer be paid on the basis of the Ateco codes that define the activities but on the decrease in turnover which will be calculated on an annual basis.
Then the compensation will be allocated to activities that demonstrate a loss of 33% in 2020 compared to 2019, calculated on the comparison between the monthly average of 2019 turnover and the monthly average of 2020.
The hypothesized scheme envisages bands on the basis of which the percentage of compensation will decrease as turnover increases: companies and professionals with a turnover of 100,000 euros per year will receive 30% of what is lost; 25% of the loss recorded will go to activities with a turnover from 101 thousand to 400 thousand euros per year. Compensation will drop to 20% of the loss for those with a turnover from 401,000 to 1 million euros a year and to 15% for businesses and professionals with a turnover from 1 to 5 million euros a year. A reimbursement for start-ups is still being considered.
600 million more for ski lifts
While there will be “an ad hoc intervention, as requested by the Regions” for the mountain supply chain, announced the Deputy Minister of Economy, Laura Castelli. “The sectors that have high fixed costs it is clear that they cannot have a normal calculation”, explained the deputy minister. And in the working hypotheses circulated the possibility of allocating 600 million to the snow supply chain, in addition to the non-repayable contributions, to be shared in the State-Regions Conference. There was talk of the possibility of allocating 4-5 billion to the winter sector which has suffered huge losses also due to the government’s turnaround on the reopening of the ski slopes.
The provision of refreshments so far entrusted to the Revenue Agency could be managed by a new Sogei platform. The government’s objective, according to what is reported in the outline of the provision, is to pay out the first indemnities after 10 days and the total by 30 April.
Two billion for vaccines, including the pharmacies involved
Another pillar is the health package. The government should allocate 2 billion to finance the vaccination campaign, therefore not only for the purchase of the doses but also for the transport and administration, which in a first phase should be entrusted to family doctors and in a second phase would also see the involvement of pharmacists.
Stop the new tax files until April
The tax chapter is also full-bodied. The executive plans to suspend the sending of new files until April 30, or until the end of the state of emergency. Stop which should also concern the payment of the installments of the ‘scrapping ter’ and of the ‘balance and excerpt’, after the announcement of the extension communicated in extremis last Saturday by the Mef.
The excerpt for the 5,000 euro bills is also studied, including penalty and interest, from the years 2000 to 2015. An operation that would allow about 60 million folders to be reset, that is just under half of the more than 130 million roles in the tax warehouse to date, and which would cost 1 billion in 2021 and 1 billion in 2022.
Renewal of leave for parents with children in Dad
The decree should finally guarantee the renewal of extraordinary parental leave paid at 50% for the parents of pupils struggling with schools closed due to infections as well as the extension of smart working and babysitter vouchers. The Dpcm which will come into force on Saturday provides for the obligation of distance learning in the red areas or where there are 250 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants over a period of seven days.
The extraordinary Covid leaves expired last December should be intended for parents with children under 14 who are in quarantine or cannot follow the teaching in the presence.