Disappointed was the Minister of Finance, Mario Marcel, after the session of the Finance Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, which voted in general on the tax reform, one of the axes of the Government of President Gabriel Boric. Disappointed – as he himself put it – because despite the efforts made before the vote, he did not have the support of the opposition.
Namely: in favor were the deputies Jaime Naranjo (PS), who is also the president of the commission, Boris Barrera (PC), Gael Yeomans (Social Convergence), Jorge Brito (Democratic Revolution); Vlado Mirosevic (Liberal Party); Carlos Bianchi (Independent) and DC, Ricardo Cifuentes and Alexis Sepúlveda, (Radical Party).
Against, all the opposition: Guillermo Ramírez (UDI), Gastón Von Mühlenbrock (UDI), Frank Sauerbaum (RN), Miguel Mellado (RN) and Agustín Romero (Republican Party). Precisely with these, specifically with the advisors of the deputies, the Government held a working table, in which it was agreed to enter 27 indications. Of these, 11 of them had the agreement and support of opposition technicians.
Among these issues are the valuation rule, anonymous whistleblower, informal and illegal trade, free zone, taxes paid abroad, tax havens, DFL benefits, presumed rental spending, tax havens, exit tax (Exit Tax) and tax burden limit. In all these areas there will be adjustments that will be presented once the initiative is approved in general and the deadline for indications is opened.
That is why, at the end of the vote, Minister Marcel said that these votes against leave him with a “sense of disappointment, of not learning from history.” “Voting against a project in general means the absence of willingness to legislate on the matter, in this case, it implies not only not legislating on tax measures, but also so that there are no resources to allocate them to the purposes that the project pursues,” he added.
“Some parliamentarians expressed their willingness to continue their discussion in particular, we will continue to seek agreements, improve the project in everything it deserves, we have 27 indications already prepared and that were explained to the Commission and we will continue in that effort,” said the Secretary of State.
Not everything was negative, since after the approval he pointed out that it is “good news for those who expect the State to make a much more significant effort in terms of resources to solve their needs and, at the same time, do so responsibly, financing it with permanent income.”
Among the objectives of the project, he explained that “its purpose is to finance the expansion of social rights, the Universal Guaranteed Pension, reach the threshold of reaching 250,000 pesos, expand the coverage of the care system, invest in educational infrastructure, reduce waiting lists in hospitals, and a series of other social measures.”
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