The prime minister said that “there will be no forgiveness tax”, ensuring that the goal is to create conditions so that companies can pay, but “no pardon for what must”.
“The State has taken an important step to relieve the pressure of the tax debts of many companies with respect to Social Security and the Tax Administration. It’s not about any tax relief, because who should you will have to pay what they should,” said Antonio Costa, during the initiative COMPETES-2020 Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation, which took place in Montijo.
The Council of Ministers approved on Thursday a special regime to reduce the tax debts and Social Security, and the taxpayers be exempt from interest if they pay the entire debt or benefit reductions if you opt for payment in instalments.
The prime minister clarified that the goal is to create conditions so that viable companies can afford without compromising the development of their activity. “You can-you will make up to 150 benefits only free of interest and without court costs, but without forgiveness of what we should”, he defended.
António Costa added that the duty of contributing to the Social Security and pay taxes “is a duty that can not be negotiated and can’t be forgiven,” referring that “it is a duty of citizenship” and that all must comply with their obligations.
taxpayers that adhere to the scheme of debt settlement, with forgiveness of all or part of the interest will be payable by 12 instalments this year, being the minimum value of each parcel of 102 eur (natural persons) or 204 euros (enterprises).
This scheme applies to taxpayers that have tax debts and contributions that have not been paid within the normal time limits, that is, until the end of may 2016, in the case of the debts to the Tax authorities, and by the end of December 2015, in the case of the debts to the Social Security and the taxpayers to join the program until December 20.
The Ministry of Finance said today to Lusa that the adherence to this plan up to 150 benefits “means the payment in the current year of the first 12 instalments”, which is “equivalent to 8%”.
it is recalled that, in 2013, the Government of Passos Coelho and Paulo Portas has also launched a scheme of forgiveness taxpayers who had debts to the tax authorities and to Social Security, exempting them from paying late payment interest and compensation expense administrative and charging fines low if they accept to regularize their situation.
The measure, which at the time was called “regime exceptional and temporary regularization of tax debts and Social Security”, allowed a fitting of 1277 million euros in tax revenue.
Even before that, in 2003, Augusto Mateus, who was the minister of the Economy in 1996 and 1997 and gave the name to a plan of tax relief that allowed taxpayers with debts to tax authorities and Social Security regularizassem your situation, making payments for an extended period of time, which could go up to a maximum of 150 monthly instalments.
The ordinance, which was eventually to be known as ‘Plan Matthew’, provided that certain credits were to be reduced, subject to certain conditions.