The Government brings together 23 provinces and promotes an increase in the tax burden
In a renewed nod to the ruling and opposition governors, and with the solitary absence of the city of Buenos Aires, the government of Alberto Fernández will sign today at 17 in the Casa Rosada the renewal by 2022 of the so-called Fiscal Consensus, which -without forcing them- enables some provinces to increase aliquots of key taxes such as Gross Income, Stamps, Real Estate and Automotive, by establishing maximum limits that in many cases are above current ones. It also prompts them to discuss the creation of a new inheritance tax, donations and bequests.
The appointment, to which they have already confirmed their partial or total adherence 23 out of 24 jurisdictionswill also serve the Government to mark a contrast within the opposition coalition, since while Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (Pro) will not attend (the city has its claim for co-participation open in the Supreme Court), provinces governed by radicalism, such as Corrientes, for example, have already demonstrated in favor of signing the new Nation-provinces pact.
“The consensus restores autonomy to the provinces and also balances the tax system throughout the territory“, Said yesterday the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo de Pedro, and clarified that they will sign it “for the third consecutive year with all districts, except for the city of Buenos Aires.”
Both De Pedro and his secretary of Provinces, Silvina Batakis, denied that the tax increase is mandatory, and reiterated that it is about finding a “tax harmonization” between the different provinces. But the truth is that, within the most controversial points to sign, and as he was able to corroborate THE NATION On the basis of a draft of the text, the discussion on the creation of the so-called inheritance tax, which Batakis herself defended in a radio interview, is authorized.
“When we talk about the tax on the free transmission of goods, we are talking about a tax that is in all developed countries and is highly regarded,” the official told Radio 10, and clarified that the funds that are eventually obtained “correspond to the provinces “, so” we must give ourselves the space to analyze it in 2022, “he stressed. After highlighting that the tax existed “and was eliminated by (José Alfredo) Martínez de Hoz” during the last military dictatorship, Batakis recalled that Daniel scioli He replaced it when he was governor of the province of Buenos Aires, at the beginning of his first term.
The pro-government governors, most of whom were with the President on Tuesday after the pro-government defeat in the debate on the Budget in Deputies, expressed themselves in favor of the pact, although they also highlighted that they do not plan to increase taxes as a result of the agreement. agreement and we are going to sign it, although we have lowered taxes this year, “the governor of Catamarca told this newspaper. Raúl Jalil |, who preferred to highlight another of the points of the agreement, which prohibits the provinces from borrowing in dollars with the exception of international credit organizations. La Pampa and San Luis, who did not sign the original pact, in 2017, will send delegates to the conclave although they are not authorized to sign the agreement.
Further from the Casa Rosada, the Cordovan governor Juan Schiaretti will delegate the signature to his vice, Manuel Calvo, and already anticipated that “It will not increase taxes or create new ones”, in tacit rejection of the tax on donations or bequests.
Since the opposition of Together for Change, they also combined a general adhesion with concrete objections. “I am going to go to the signing of the Fiscal Consensus to make sure of what is written (…) We are not going to modify our tax structure,” said the governor of Corrientes Gustavo Valdes, and in relation to the inheritance tax, he highlighted: ”It must be discussed well in the Nation. We are going to continue to stay this way. It is difficult to apply a type of tax where it was not done for many years, “said the governor of Corrientes, also in radio statements.
In relation to the city, the Government did not miss the chance to criticize Rodríguez Larreta, whom Batakis asked “to stop campaigning” and recalled that “he increased the rates of Gross Income for financial activities.”
In the text that is expected to be signed today, “the provinces and Caba agree to abstain for a period of one (1) year from initiating legal proceedings, and to suspend for the same term those already initiated, relating to the Federal Tax Co-participation Regime, to specific affectations of resources and transfers of competences, services or functions ”. A clear reason, according to what they say close to the Buenos Aires head of government, so that the city, which demands from the Nation the restitution of the funds that were taken from it, first by presidential decree and then by law, does not attend Balcarce 50 today.
“We do not increase taxes, and that article does not allow us to adhere”, They replied to this newspaper from the Buenos Aires administration.