Podemos increases the pressure on the PSOE to address the tax reform as soon as possible. The Minister for Social Policies and leader of the party, Ione Belarra, has once again urged her coalition partners to address this debate as soon as possible. Belarra has done it during an interview on the podcast that she directs and presents Pablo Iglesias, her predecessor at the head of Podemos. One day after the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, criticized the project presented by her coalition partners in Congress, Belarra has insisted on the need to explore a new fiscal framework that increases tax collection based on paying more great fortunes and power companies.
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Already during the presentation of the podcast, Iglesias has stressed that there is a "discussion within the coalition government, between the left and the right" of the Executive, because the two partners "have different proposals on how to comply with the government agreement that spoke of tax justice", as stated by on your podcast Base.
We can advocates raising income tax to large incomes, replace Patrimony with a new wealth tax, reduce VAT on food and feminine hygiene or raise the taxation of large companies. These are some of the proposals that the formation of Belarra defended this monday in an act together with the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, and the former Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
This initiative was answered a day later by the Minister of Finance, who referred to it as "inopportune" and lamented that her partners had not waited for the document entrusted to a committee of experts that, as expected, will be delivered at the end of this month . This Thursday the general secretary of Podemos claimed the autonomy of her party. "We are a coalition government, the two partners have to be able to participate in the central debates," she indicated.
In this context, Iglesias has addressed today in his program the conflict over tax reform. As he explained, he has come to speak with María Jesús Montero about this matter, however, the Treasury has ruled out participating in the podcast and has limited itself to issuing an official written response in which –always according to what has been stated by the former Vice President of the Government – assure that "the government agreement has been fulfilled". Among the measures cited by the Treasury, they highlight that "there has been an increase in personal income tax on income above 300,000 euros", in turn they maintain that "a digital tax" and another "on financial transactions" have been approved.
"I think that what has been done in these two years of government are mere fiscal tweaks," Belarra defended before Iglesias, who was the interviewer. For the Minister of Social Rights, "the bulk of the government agreement" is "to be fulfilled". So they chose to make a presentation of their tax proposal with Corbyn in the auditorium of the Reina Sofía Museum. "There are many people in our country who think that European funds and economic recovery are going to remain in the hands of the usual, the richest and most privileged, as happened in the 2008 crisis," explained Thursday the general secretary of We can to justify the performance of his party.
With measures such as those proposed by the confederal group, Belarra maintains that the government is trying to "demonstrate that things are going to be different and that the economic recovery is going to reach the pockets of workers and small and medium-sized companies." And he has defended the attitude of United We Can in the negotiations with the minority partner, recalling that in the last "budget negotiation" the coalition had "to fight a lot" for there to be a 15% corporate taxAlong these lines, he has recognized that this measure is "much more limited" than they intended because the minimum rate of 15% for Companies will be applied to the tax base.
The second vice president of the Government, Yolanda Díaz, has also positioned herself on the matter this week, who despite sharing the fiscal model defended by United We Can, instead advocated waiting for the response of the committee of experts from the Ministry of Finance to address that discussion within the government.