Madrid (EFE).- The Xunta de Galicia joined this Friday, with a 50% bonus to wealth tax -which doubles what was applied until now- to the tax race that Andalusia resumed this week after Madrid, and which the PSOE considers “destructive” while the PP considers it “healthy”.
In the midst of the tax debate, the president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, announced that the wealth tax, which must be paid, according to the Galician Tax Agency, by those who have assets or rights valued at more than 2 million euros, will have a bonus that will reach 50%.
“It is much better to lower taxes than to increase them”, defended the successor of Alberto Núñez Feijóo in the Xunta, who however did not specify whether he will lower fuel taxes, which in Galicia are in the highest slice.
Feijóo was rightly challenged by the First Vice-President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, to “put some order” in the tax race initiated by the communities governed by his party because of the ‘Wealth tax because it’s “very destructive.”
For the vice-president, it is an “irresponsible, incoherent and destructive dynamic for the whole country” and therefore it is necessary to call “for someone to put order in the People’s Party and stop or reverses this race to the bottom”, which contributes nothing to the progressivity and justice of the tax system”.
In the same vein, the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, summoned the leader of the PP to define her party’s position on the Wealth Tax, “which taxes wealth”, following the “Spiral of the Drops” of this tribute.
Without mentioning the leader of the PP this time, the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, pleaded this Friday for tax reforms aimed at a “redistribution of the effort” to guarantee that “whoever has the most, contributes the most” to the financing “. what belongs to each”, the welfare state, and there is a “fair distribution” of the burdens.
Rejection by socialist autonomies
The autonomous governments of the PSOE also today rejected that the autonomies compete to have the lowest wealth tax, which the president of La Rioja, Concha Andreu, said was part of “fights that lead nowhere “because the communities, he felt, must” all go at once, especially in this situation of inflation and rising prices which is the same for everyone”.
The President of the Canary Islands, also a socialist Ángel Víctor Torres, criticized his PP counterparts for manipulating public opinion by arguing that lowering taxes on high incomes is to attract businesses when, he simply stated, it “benefits those who have the most”.
And the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, took the opportunity to propose that the “fiscal effort” in each autonomy be calculated “at the time of distribution” of the funds by the state as a measure to face to those who “seek disarmament”.
Against the steps of what he described as a “disoriented and carnivorous left”, former Prime Minister José María Aznar judged tax competition between communities as “absolutely healthy” and rejected the tax on large fortunes that studies the Ministry of Finance.
Aznar said the “carnivorous left” needs the poorest the most, and for this reason raises taxes “everything from below to have the poorest and to be able to control them better”.
In the same event as Puig, former PP minister José Manuel García Margallo recalled that in Europe only Switzerland and Norway retain the wealth tax “because it scares away taxpayers” and discourages saving.
For his part, the confederal secretary general of the CCOO, Unai Sordo, affirmed that the fiscal de-escalation initiated by the communities governed by the PP gives an “image of Spain as a banana state”.
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