They demand relief measures for companies and families in the face of inflation

The president, Ángel Víctor Torres (d), and the vice president, Román Rodríguez in a file photo. / C7

The opposition in the regional Parliament accuses the Government of "collection eagerness" after learning of the rise in tax revenue

B. Hernandez

B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

The data regarding the increase in
tax collection corresponding to the month of July show that economic activity has recovered, but also that inflation is wreaking havoc on families and companies on the islands.

The latest records of
Tax agency pick up that
the IGIC has entered so far this year 1,158 millions euros, 14% more than in the pre-pandemic stage and 64% more than last year.

With these figures, the groups of
the opposition have once again attacked the government and his "collection eagerness" and
calls for measures that can offset the effort that they are doing the
companies, freelancers and families that not only are they in a hurry in their day-to-day life due to the increase in the shopping basket, but they will see how their situation worsens when they have to face going back to school in September.

The opinion of the groups

Rosa Dávila (Canarian Coalition)

“It is raising much more than expected”

"A lot more money is being raised than I expected at the expense of the efforts of families, companies and the self-employed, but nothing is being returned to them."

Fernando Enseñat (People's Party)

“We demand a tax cut”

«We once again demand the reduction of taxes on families, the self-employed and SMEs so that they can face the fall in family income, the rise in the shopping basket or going back to school».

Ricardo Fernández de la Puente (Mixed Group)

“It is evident that the increase is due to inflation”

"The increase in tax collection is largely due to the increase in prices due to inflation and the shopping basket costs more and more for people."

CC: «Economic and fiscal measures»

In this sense,
the deputy of the Canarian Coalition (CC) Rosa Dávila emphasizes that the autonomous community "is raising a lot more money than expected" due to the increase in the prices of everyday products "and
has not been able to adopt neither a fiscal measure nor an economic aid to relieve the self-employed, small businesses and families who see the shopping basket rise.

He insists that the autonomous community "has more money than ever but people live worse off because
the Government, with its collection eagerness, is skimming the pockets of the canaries without taking any action. It is being collected at the expense of the efforts of the families, he says, "but nothing is returned to them."

In addition, it points out that
inflation has more effects on the archipelago than on other territories of the peninsula because the islands depend to a great extent on the
Marine transport.

In his opinion, the tax collection figures are not due to the economic recovery, "because in that case, the figures would have been similar to those of 2019, but to inflation,"
figures that, in his opinion, are “scandalouswhich fatten the public coffers without any economic or fiscal measure being applied, not even for the most vulnerable».

PP: "Lower taxes"

In similar terms, the
deputy of the Popular Party Fernando Enseñatwhich again requires the
tax cut families, freelancers and SMEs both
in the autonomous section of personal income tax and in the general IGIC.

Thus,
a part is returned to the canaries so that "they can face the fall in family income, the increase in the price of the shopping basket or the expenses of going back to school in this month of September".

In his opinion, the Government of Ángel Víctor Torres is subjecting Canarian workers and SMEs to
“greatest fiscal punishment” of the last 10 years "As shown by the new historical record of IGIC collection", which reached 1,158 million until July, which means 450 million more than in 2021 and 144 million more than in 2019.

For the popular parliamentarian, the
"fiscal effort" to which the Executive submits to the canaries It is also evident in the total collection, not only those of the Canarian Financing Block, which show the figure of 528 million more paid in taxes than last year.

As for the month of July, Enseñat details, the IGIC collection was 145 million more than in the same month of 2021 and 27% more than in 2019, that is, 49 million more than before the pandemic.

In his opinion, it is shown that
it is not true that revenue growth is moderatingas stated
the Vice President of the Government and Minister of Finance, Román Rodríguez "Because we continue to break historical records," he says.

Mixed Group: "It must be valued in the Government"

Also from the
Mixed Group, Deputy Ricardo Fernández de la Puente (Citizens) considers that the
increase in tax collection so far this year is caused by the increase in prices
due to inflation and that affects the shopping basket, an issue that in his opinion should be assessed by the Executive.

In addition, he makes another consideration about the tax revenues of the autonomous community since, in his opinion, they largely obey a
increased activity in the tourism sectorfor which he questions the convenience of applying a
ecotax -as pointed out
the Minister of Social Rights and leader of Podemos, Noemí Santana-.

This new tribute, indicates Fernández de la Puente «of course
It would not be the most convenient for the Canary Islands.

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