The Government will lower VAT on gas from 21% to 5% starting in October

File image of Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government. / ef

The measure will be effective until the end of the year, although they are open to being able to extend it throughout 2023 "while this difficult situation lasts," according to Pedro Sánchez.

EFE Madrid

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this Thursday that they will lower the VAT on gas from 21% to 5% starting in October and until the end of the year, although they are open to being able to extend it throughout 2023 “while this situation lasts. hard".

In an interview on Cadena Ser, Sánchez has said that they have already reduced taxes linked to electricity by 80% but they can do "much more" and that is why they have proposed the reduction of VAT on gas "in line with the economic policy that we are deploying at the beginning of the energy crisis".

The PP has asked the Government on several occasions for this VAT reduction on gas, in line with that already applied to the electricity tax, and announced that it was one of the proposals that it would formulate in Sánchez's appearance in the Senate next Tuesday to explain energy saving measures.

Sánchez has also assured that he does not contemplate having to restrict gas supply this winter, explaining that Spain has a "much more comfortable and much safer" situation in relation to other European countries, highly dependent on Russian gas.

"In principle, we do not contemplate that scenario," insisted the president, who, as he has pointed out, the Government is talking to industry, companies, parliamentary groups and the autonomous communities to contemplate a series of measures depending on how the situation evolves. situation.

And on this complicated panorama derived from the invasion of Ukraine, Sánchez has admitted that the context is "highly uncertain", but he also wanted to make it clear that without reaching euphoria one cannot fall "into catastrophism" and duty of the Executive - he stressed - is precisely to transfer certainties.

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