Argentines abroad ask not to pay the tax on the dollar

Argentines who were surprised by the pandemic ask that the 30% PAIS tax surcharge not be applied to them. Testimonials

The situation of many Argentines who were stranded abroad grows in drama day by day.

Some must face a highly dangerous health context and, at the same time, suffer a difficult financial situation due to the longer stay than they had originally planned.

In this framework, from different points of the planet where they have been scattered, Argentine travelers ask to be exempted from paying the PAIS tax on the dollar, which charges the price of the currency with 30%.

In this way, they affirm, they will be able to better bear the unexpected expenses that they must face abroad.

I am here against my will, spending not because I want to but because I have no other choice and without knowing when I will be able to return. It would help me at least to be relieved of the solidarity tax, because I don’t want to come back with a hole that will leave me sunk for years, “says Daniel Iriarte, from Miami, to the newspaper La Nación.

Iriarte traveled with her partner and calculated that they spend around US $ 80 per day between room and board. They are almost $ 7,000 a day if you calculate the official dollar plus 30% of the tax.
At the moment, they use credit cards, but with great care not to touch the limit. Iriarte comments that there are also more complicated Argentines. “There are people here who sleep at the airport,” he says.

Expenses are really crazy, because you plan a trip on a budget and you can not continue to cost it“says Gabriela Mateo, who traveled to Miami with her family. The traveler anticipates that if they are not exempted now, 30% will seek to recover it when she has returned.

The woman has been in the United States since March 5, the same day that the second infection was confirmed in Argentina. Meanwhile, already on February 25 the US health authorities They had urged local governments and companies to implement telework in light of what was to come.

“We are indebted, locked up and without any government to protect us,” says Mateo, who now makes all his expenses with credit cards, according to La Nación.

Currently, according to Foreign Ministry estimates, there are around 10,000 Argentines who hope to return to the country. All of them pay the PAIS tax that has been in force since December 23 and is even paid by those who buy foreign currency in Argentina. Also those who make credit card payments abroad.

For those who managed to return to the country in recent days, spending money outside of what was calculated was very important.

“In value, it was like losing a car,” says Federico Iribarren, who planned a trip to various destinations in Europe for the beginning of March, but was able to complete less than half.

Support from the UCR

The national senator of Cambiemos Julio Cobos proposed during March to temporarily suspend the payment of the tax to the dollar for Argentine citizens who are stranded abroad as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The PAIS tax is an emergency tax that is applied at the national level and will be extended for five fiscal periods, according to the official provisions in 2019.

Cobos explained to the press in the Senate that “Measures must be taken to provide help and relief to those who are affected by this situation.

“Among the recent measures ordered by the Executive Power, international passenger traffic is restricted and international passenger flights from affected areas are suspended for 30 days,” he said.

With its proposal, Cobos requests that the PAIS tax exemption be established for all the people reached by the tribute who are outside Argentina, as a result of decree 260/2020.

“In addition, we request that this exemption apply from March 12, 2020 until the date that people in that situation re-enter Argentina; this for expenses linked exclusively to food, accommodation, transportation and health, with a total daily limit consumption of $ 300 “, he specified.

For the former vice president, these regulations should be adopted because “the scenario is very dynamic and new international, national or provincial regulations may exist in the future that restrict the transit of people and therefore further delay the return of residents Argentines to our country. ” And it will be “power of the AFIP the regulation and effective application of the norm”, added the legislator.

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