In a year and a half he lost 302 thousand VAT numbers

“From February 2020, the month before Covid, to last August, the latest available survey, the total number of independent workers1 fell by 302 thousand units (-5.8 percent). In the same period, however, employees decreased by 89 thousand (-0.5 per cent). If, in absolute terms, the former fell below the threshold of 5 million (precisely 4,936,000), the latter reached 17,847,000. In short, in a year and a half Covid has put a strain on the Italian world of work, even if the so-called people of VAT numbers in particular have paid the consequences ». He was denounced by the CGIA Studies Office.

“To the traditional problems that have always plagued micro enterprises (taxes, bureaucracy, lack of credit, etc.) – continues the CGIA – the closures imposed by decree, the limitations on mobility, the collapse of household consumption and the boom of e-commerce registered in the last year and a half have worsened the situation of many self-employed who have been forced to permanently close their business. These micro realities, we recall, live almost exclusively on internal demand, linked to the territory in which they operate. In 2020 alone, household consumption in Italy fell by about 130 billion euros, money that largely fueled the revenues of the very small businesses that, following this contraction, were no longer able to make ends meet “.

In the last 17 years, the Cgia notes, the maximum peak of openings was reached in March 2004, when the total number of independents present in Italy reached 6,303,000 units. Subsequently, there was a continuous “bleeding” that in December 2020 brought this category of employment below the threshold of 5 million. In January of this year, however, the lowest quota since this time series has been reached was reached: 4,925,000. Finally, from February, the climb that lasted until April resumed. Subsequently, the curve had a sinusoidal trend and stopped in August at an altitude of 4,936,000.

The CGIA “for months” has been asking “both Premier Draghi and the governors to open a permanent crisis table at national and local level. Never as in this moment, in fact, is it necessary to give an answer to a world, the autonomous one, which is experiencing a particularly delicate situation. Mind you, there are no miraculous measures. And we must not forget that in this last year and a half, in addition to the refreshments (although completely insufficient), the successive executives have, among other things, approved the ISCRO, extended the use of the universal allowance for dependent children also for the self-employed and emergency income has been introduced for those who are still in business. All important measures, but not sufficient to stem the difficulties that emerged in these months of pandemic ».

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