October 7, 2022

Galicia joins tax race, which PSOE finds ‘destructive’ and PP ‘healthy’

Madrid (EFE).- The Xunta de Galicia joined this Friday, with a 50% bonus in the Wealth Tax – which is double what has been applied so far – to the tax race that Andalusia resumed this week after Madrid, and that the PSOE views it as “destructive” while the PP views it as “healthy”.

In the midst of the tax debate, the president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, has announced that the wealth tax, which according to the Galician tax authorities must be paid by those with assets or rights worth more than 2 million euros, will have a bonus that will be 50% to achieve.

“It is much better to lower taxes than to raise them,” defended Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s successor in the Xunta, who, however, has not made it clear whether he will lower the taxes on fuel, which are in the highest part in Galicia. stand.

The President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alfonso Rueda, during his participation in the Economic Forum of La Voz de Galicia. EFE/Cabalar

Feijóo has been specifically addressed by the First Vice President and Minister of the Economy and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, to “put some order” in the fiscal race initiated by communities ruled by his party because of the Wealth Tax, because it is “quite destructive.”

For the vice president, it is an “irresponsible, disjointed and destructive dynamic for the country as a whole” and therefore a call must be made “that someone bring order to the People’s Party and stop or reverse this race to the low side, whatever does not contribute at all to progressivity and fairness in the tax system”.

In the same vein, the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, has called on the leader of the PP to define his party’s position on the Wealth Tax, “which taxes wealth”, as a result of the “spiral of declines” of this tribute .

Without mentioning this time, the leader of the PP, the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, this Friday called for tax reforms aimed at a “redistribution of efforts” to ensure that “whoever has the most gets the most.” contributes” to the financing “what belongs to everyone”, the welfare state, and there is a “fair distribution” of the burden.

Rejection by socialist autonomy

The PSOE autonomous governments have also today rejected the autonomies competing for the lowest wealth tax, something La Rioja president Concha Andreu has said is part of “fights that lead nowhere” because the communities, he opined, , should “all go at once, especially in this situation of inflation and rising prices that is the same for everyone.”

The president of the Canary Islands, also a socialist angel Víctor Torres, has accused his PP counterparts of manipulating public opinion by arguing that cutting taxes on high-income earners means attracting businesses while, he simply stated. , the “advantage is of those who have them more ”.

And the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, has taken the opportunity to propose that the “fiscal effort” in any autonomy is calculated “at the time of the distribution” of resources by the state as a measure to protect those tackle that “fiscal disarmament”.

The President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig. EFE/Ana Escobar/File

Going against the approaches of what he called the “disoriented and flesh-eating left”, former Prime Minister José María Aznar views inter-community tax competition as “absolutely healthy” and rejects the taxation of large fortunes that the Treasury Department is studying.

Aznar has stated that the “carnivorous left” needs the poorest the most and therefore raises taxes “everything from the bottom up to have the most impoverished people and better manage them”.

In the same case as Puig, former PP minister José Manuel García Margallo recalled that in Europe only Switzerland and Norway enforce the wealth tax “because it makes taxpayers flee” and discourages saving.

For his part, the CCOO’s Confederal Secretary General Unai Sordo has confirmed that the fiscal de-escalation initiated by the communities ruled by the PP “paints a picture of Spain as a banana state”.

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