After all, the program of tax amnesty announced yesterday by the Government does not apply to cases such as that of the Company, or to companies that are the duty of the State to the extraordinary contributions that are required. The Ministry of Finance has confirmed to the PUBLIC that the "law does not apply to the extraordinary contributions, by their very nature. Thus, in case the debts related to these contributions, the approved program does not apply whatever the taxpayer".
The ministry contradicts thus the statements of the secretary of State for Fiscal Affairs this Thursday afternoon said at a hearing in Parliament that "any taxpayer who is litigating with the internal revenue service and have not made the previously payment can make the payment in terms of this regime."
This explanation was given by Fernando Rocha Andrade mrs centrist Cecília Meireles who will ask directly if "the taxpayer Galp has or not debts that may benefit from this regime" – an allusion to the polemic of the trips paid by the oil of several members of the Government, including the secretary of State, to the games of European Football in France. "If there is a taxpayer who litigates with the internal revenue service a relatively high value , I can tell you that this regime applies to debt in the active execution, and the debt in execution suspended," he added.
Yesterday evening, the prime minister’s office sent a note to newsrooms, refuting "categorically that it has been approved a tax relief. There is no tax relief". The cabinet of António Costa vinca that companies and individuals will have to pay all the taxes owed", and that "can only be paid by instalments and have the exemption of interest rates of the debt and the costs of the proceedings". And reiterates that the purpose of this Special Program of Debt Reduction to the State (Peres) "is not the cash injection, but prepare the companies to recapitalizarem from January next.
Block has doubts about forgiveness
The Left Block, which supports the Government in Parliament, has never been very supportive of pardons tax for having "some of the harmful effects on the economy. We are to say to the people who can not pay the taxes because after you there will come a forgiveness," stressed the coordinator in an interview with the SIC on Thursday night. "We believe that the Company is not a company in difficulty that need a tax relief," he said.
Catarina Martins considered that "these measures are to be applied, should be so only in certain cases and with an analysis of the absolute need for this." And exemplified: "It’s completely different to a family that was a victim of unemployment, has accumulated a debt, and a plan needs special payments to tax authorities or Social Security to regularize their situation, or a company that the crisis may lose the job, and accumulated a debt and need a plan. Or do a forgiveness blind that serves to all the people that it applies to those who need it and don’t need and with this is to reward the offenders."
THE PSD, who used the expedient of the scheme of regularization of extraordinary tax debts and contributions in 2013 by achieving a fit of almost 1.3 billion euros, came to criticize the choice of the socialist Government. In Parliament, mr Duarte Pacheco said that the Executive has to recognise that budget execution is going poorly and you need a extraordinary revenue. "Dropped the mask to the Government." In the commission where Rocha Andrade was heard, it was the turn of deputy Paulo Rios de Oliveira point: “greed tax this Government seems not to have limits."
TO the TSF, the former deputy of the social democratic party Pedro Duarte criticized the attempt of António Costa, to refuse the nature of this tax amnesty. "May be, for reasons more technical or less technical, different from past regimes, but it does not cease to be a tax relief for much that you try to call something else."
“there is no sin,” says Ferreira Leite
Manuela Ferreira Leite, the former leader of the PSD, has a different opinion. In TVI24, last night, reminded us that while minister of Finance, President Barroso took a "measure equal to this". "I do not see in it any sin", has made it. And recalled that "it went very well, from the point of view of the recipe had a recipe absolutely unexpected." In 2002, the State embedded 1,16 billion euro and in the following year more 197 million.