Spain’s Wealth Tax Reloaded
So much for “green shoots”. Spain’s Government is mulling over resurrecting Wealth tax which was suppressed, albeit not abolished, as of the 1st January 2008.
In a new attempt to prop up its dwindling coffers the Government is now seriously considering bringing back to life this tax as reported this morning by the Spanish press at large. To sweeten up the deal it will be presumably modeled after France’s, which applies a sliding scale on estates north of €790,000. So basically this “new” Wealth tax would tax, presumably, only those who are deemed “affluent”.
This is a political concession from Zapatero to the left-wing establishment on the wake of last week’s hugely unpopular financial reforms, which were essential and maybe even fell short. His announcement on Wednesday the 12th of May before the Congress on adopting unprecedented harsh financial measures to keep the Budget Deficit at bay created a shockwave of social upheaval which ripples are still being felt a week later with syndicate announcements of strikes. His announcement came after he was phoned on the eve before by no less than US President Obama (http://news NULL.bbc NULL.co NULL.uk/2/hi/8679222 NULL.stm)himself and China’s PM Hu Jintao amid concerns on Spain’s spiralling debt; not to mention Merkel’s public announcements of early last week on taking control if necessary. You really couldn’t make it up, could you?
These measures (http://www NULL.elpais NULL.com/articulo/espana/nuevas/medidas/Gobierno/quiere/ahorrar/15000/millones/elpepuesp/20100512elpepunac_5/Tes) (i.e. reducing by 5% public servants’ salaries, freezing public pensions, supressing baby checks) caused great anger as it afflicted the weaker core of society. In an effort to counteract the heavy criticisms the Government is now preparing a new batch of tax novelties targeting the “rich”. A Government’s spokeswoman understanded by rich as those having more than €45,000 stashed in a bank. To affirm these financial measures seem somewhat, erm, improvised would be an understatement.
Honestly, whatever next?
Source: El Mundo (http://www NULL.elmundo NULL.es/mundodinero/2010/05/19/economia/1274280458 NULL.html)
Spain’s Government has just officially announced the creation of a “new” Wealth tax on estates valued in excess of one million euros.
Source: El Economista (http://www NULL.eleconomista NULL.es/economia/noticias/2161797/05/10/El-Gobierno-aprobara-un-nuevo-impuesto-para-las-rentas-superiores-a-un-millon-de-euros NULL.html)
(http://www NULL.elmundo NULL.es/mundodinero/2010/05/19/economia/1274280458 NULL.html)
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