Wednesday, December 7

United We Can urge the PSOE to limit the regional tax bonuses to stop the fiscal ‘dumping’ of the PP

The budget negotiation within the coalition is heading for the final stretch. The teams hope that in the coming days the final meetings will be held that will serve to unblock the measures that are now on the table and that are still stalled due to lack of agreement between the partners. In some there have been significant advances, as is the case of the increase in taxation for large fortunes, an old demand of United We Can that now from the PSOE they do see feasible. But the debate around a profound fiscal reform goes much further among the members of the Executive.

As this newspaper has been able to learn, the negotiators of United We Can have been putting on the table since the talks on the General State Budgets began an extensive battery of tax measures with the same purpose: to increase the contribution they make to the financing of the Welfare State the people who have more income and assets. Something that, in the middle of the fiscal exchange of some autonomies in recent weeks, translates into concrete measures to stop the dumping practices that, in the opinion of the purples, are being carried out in the PP.

Specifically, United We Can urge the PSOE to impose by law a fiscal harmonization that prevents unfair competition between territories, also reducing the collection on which basic rights are based, such as access to health, education or the provision of social aid. . It would be a question of establishing non-refundable minimums that limit the margin of action of the autonomous governments on taxes such as that of Patrimony, which fundamentally affect taxpayers with greater economic resources, also following the recommendation of the White Paper for tax reform.

In the negotiations with Moncloa, United We Can is also proposing to put a stop to the fiscal engineering of large fortunes by raising the rate at which capital income is taxed within personal income tax, a classic tax-saving mechanism for higher incomes. And they put figures on the proposal that the Ministry of Finance now announces that it will carry out so that the rich pay more taxes. Specifically, it would affect large fortunes of more than 10 million euros and the tax rates would vary from 3.6% to 5% for wealth above 150 million euros. On the table there is also a VAT reduction on specific products for celiac people which, according to calculations by the second vice-presidency, represent additional expenses for families of almost 1,000 million euros a year.

social proposals

In the budget negotiation that is carried out within the Government, the terms of some proposals of United We Can are also discussed in the chapter on social protection. The general approach of the purples is, first of all, that all the income that depends on the State maintain its purchasing power and rise at the same rate as inflation (pensions, benefits, minimum income, rise in the IPREM by 15%), but also to carry out the expansion of specific aid to certain sectors of the population.

For example, a direct aid of 100 euros per month is proposed for family upbringing by birth or adoption up to three years, as well as a reinforcement of conciliation policies and the fight against sexist violence. For this last section, the proposal is to raise the endowment by 71 million euros, a figure that rises to 600 million in the case of dependency aid.

The United We Can negotiators also ask that the battery of aid approved to deal with the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine be extended throughout the year 2023. Specifically, they ask that the bonuses be extended to transport passes that expire today December 31st.