Galicia has decided to support reducing taxes for those who have the most. Xunta, governed by the PP since 2009, has announced this Friday that it will reduce the wealth tax paid by Galicians, who own more than a million euros, exemptions on real estate, by 50%. Back Abolition of this tax in Andalusia, Popular people have opted to increase the current bonus from 25% (introduced in this year’s budget) to 50% in Galicia, another region controlled by the PP with an absolute majority and which also houses the two richest Spaniards, Amancio Ortega and his daughter Sandra. Galician President Alfonso Rueda defended, saying “it is better to lower taxes than to raise, there is no point in raising them”.
Rueda announced the measure in a forum organized by the newspaper voice of galicia and Abanka, the main bank of the community. Zunta chief Alberto Nez Feizu’s successor assured that he had decided to reduce the property tax in Galicia “without thinking of others” and accused the central government of prepare your tax policy “Based on press headlines” and “what others say”. “Everything here is too much measured, too much thought out,” he said.
Just a few days earlier, Rueda refused to abolish the property tax in Galicia as does Andalusia, although he did not clarify then that he was studying its reduction. He limited himself to pointing out that Xunta was “focused on trying to make the least amount of income possible, which are those who need it most.” This Friday, Rueda reported that the new bonus for the wealthiest is already part of the regional budget project for 2023. According to the latest figures from the relevant tax agency, in Galicia, about 7,600 people pay taxes, paying an average of 8,700 euros. As of 2020, and Xunta collects 66 million euros for this concept. In Andalusia, the board enters 93 million of the 16,000 taxpayers who pay it.
“It is a joke that Rueda has decided to lower taxes on 7,000 millionaires, Galicia’s 7,000 richest people, while the family, the working class and the self-employed are not catered for,” criticizes BNG leader Ana Ponton. , the main opposition party. Galician PSOE spokesman Valentin González Formoso reprimands the president of the junta for “politically following Feij’s instructions to the regional barons of the PP”, “what does Ayuso think in Madrid, or what the president of Murcia thinks”. ” subjected to.
In the 13 years in which he was head of Xunta, Feijóo property tax retained, It was not until 2021 that he promised he would one day remove it after the announcement of the 25% bonus, which is currently in force. Then the crisis in the PP had not yet begun, which prompted it to take over the reins of the party at the state level. Last November, at an event with directors of large companies, he reiterated that his plan was to “reduce” it to “zero”. However, his successor is yet to take this step. “I know it’s much easier and further, there go less…”, added Rueda, who recalled that “decreases or increases affect public resources” and “the people, above fiscal measures , they ask that public services work.” “Descending lasts forever, it’s a commitment to the future and you have to think about it very well”, he said.
The PP has ruled Galicia with an absolute majority since 2009. It came to power in the midst of an economic crisis that announced major tax cuts, but when Feizu took office, it kept its promises. Xunta didn’t start promoting tax cuts until his third term in 2016. Since then, the regional treasury has stopped entering 1,200 million euros, according to data presented by Rueda this Friday.
Criticism of the Valencian Generalitata
The Vice President of the Valencian Generalitat, Aitana Mas, has criticized the “war to be a paradise for the rich” in which Galicia joins Andalusia and Madrid and defended the financial measures that saw the majority. Thus, he explained that his government is “working on a tax reform designed for families and those who find it difficult to make a living” and compared proposals such as Andalusia, which affect 0.2% of the population. , is Valencian, in line with the one created in 2017, benefiting 1.5 million people. “The Generalitat does the opposite of these autonomy which is based on” decree They are putting the magnifying glass on a very small section of the population, the richest people”, he indicated.
In any case, and in line with what was advanced by the chief executive, Zimo Puig, Maas called for “not to create differences and tensions in various sectors” and rejected “in favor of the higher-income group”. have make. “We’re betting that companies invest in this community, it’s because they have a society that doesn’t jeopardize their public services,” he said.