“If you have $ 100 million and contribute $ 2 million, you will not be less rich”

The president of the Budget Commission of the Chamber of Deputies justified the need to promote the extraordinary tax project

The national deputy Carlos Heller, president of the Budget Commission, He anticipated that he is working on the drafting of the draft tax or extraordinary contribution in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

The project could be presented next week, after being agreed upon by the members of the Frente de Todos block.

As he advanced, the idea of ​​the tax is an extraordinary contribution, for a single time, so that the State can face the demands it has to contain the expansion of coronavirus cases. And it will be aimed at people who have the tax capacity to pay it, although it did not specify what type of wealth or what level of income will be considered.

“If you have $ 100 million and then you have $ 98 million, your status does not change. It is an extraordinary contribution from a sector that has tax capacity; There is no one who is going to lose his status as rich or very rich, “Heller explained in radio statements. Although at first he did not clarify whether he was talking about millions of dollars or pesos, he later said that it could be for both cases.

Heller explained that he has been preparing the project since last Monday, at the request of the deputy Máximo Kirchner, and that later it must be agreed by the members of the block. “It will have to follow the path of parliamentary projects. If the commission approves it, it will go to plenary when it establishes the mechanisms that make it possible,” he said.

“It is not a question of persecution and sanction to anyone. Here there is a huge emergency. Argentina was already in an emergency without a coronavirus and this potentiated it in a remarkable way. There is an exponential growth in the things that are asked of the State to do with a State that was underfunded and whose underfunding is exacerbated as a result of the lack of economic activity, “argued Heller.

“It is about resorting to an extraordinary tax for a specific purpose for those who actually have accumulated wealth and who are not going to change their condition because they make a contribution in that direction. No one is going to stop being very rich after they make a contribution in the way we are imagining, “he said, without giving more details about the universe of taxpayers that will be included in the new tax.

Still, the idea that had circulated over the weekend would seem to have been discarded that the extraordinary tax would be applied to those who participated in the laundering that took place during 2017, during the government of Mauricio Macri.

To found the new tax, the deputy appealed to the need and the emergency that Argentina is going through and the lack of resources that the State has. “Where can you get the resources when the State reaches this situation in economic crisis with debt that it cannot pay, fiscal deficit, growth in poverty and unemployment? That was the prepademia scenario,” said Heller and asked for an analysis. the project in that framework.

Heller compared the situation in Argentina with that of other states, more powerful and with more resources to cope with the global crisis caused by the pandemic. “The powerful states allocate fiscal resources because they have them or like the United States, which have the issuing machine because they have ‘the handle’; what they do is put in twine to relieve the effects of the pandemic and also mitigate deficits in its health policies that leave a lot of people out, “he warned.

In the long run, Heller expressed the need for tax reform where horizontal taxes cease to exist —Like VAT, which are paid equally by all taxpayers — to other types of taxes that are related to taxable capacity.

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