Unanimous majority in Spain against raising tolls and penalizing the self-employed

Four out of five Spaniards they reject the tolls on the highways, raise income tax and raise the quota to the self-employed, three elements that are part of the Government’s plans and that, according to the DYM survey for 20minutos, they face a wide response. If you compare those who approve and suspend each tax, the measure that generates the most rejection is the rise to the self-employed (there is a difference of 77.5 points between those who suspend and approve the rise), followed by personal income tax (74.8) and payment on the road network (with a negative balance of 71.5 points).

The Minister of Social Security, Jose Luis Escrivá, recently raised in a draft sent to the social agents to increase the quotas for the self-employed with incomes above 22,000 euros per year, and last month the reform plan agreed with Brussels in exchange for recovery funds, which opens the door to charge on the highways from 2024. In addition, in the 2021 Budgets a rise in personal income tax was introduced for income over 200,000 euros.

DYM survey on the rise and creation of taxes by the Government.
DYM survey on the rise and creation of taxes by the Government.
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Other uploads would also be unpopular. 74.2%, for example, refuse to increase the inheritance or gift taxes, a possibility that the Government has also considered when opening the door to “harmonize” the taxes between different autonomies. It is the same percentage that opposes raising the tax on the fuels, as the Government also claims. Lower rejection generates, on the other hand, the possibility of raising equity (61.9% against), eliminate reduced VAT of some products (56.6%) and raise the type of companies (54%). In any case, many more oppose these measures than support them.

The tax on alcohol and tobacco, the only ‘popular’ increase

Of all the taxes, there is only one whose rise would be welcomed by respondents: the alcohol and tobacco tax, that 44.2% would “totally” or “quite agree” to go up, while 23.1% would “somewhat” agree and 31.1% would reject it. The Government is also considering raising these taxes, both to increase collection and to discourage consumption.

Ayuso and Sánchez, in campaign.

Despite the generalized rejection, relevant differences are observed according to the electorates. Voters of PP and Vox are the least likely to pay more taxes, while those of United We Can are the ones who least reject this possibility. Due to taxes, those of the PP are the ones who most oppose increases in companies, fuel, assets or the self-employed, while those of Vox are the ones who reject more the tolls on highways and the increases in VAT and alcohol and tobacco. Those of Cs are the ones that least support an increase in personal income tax.


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