The Ministry of Finance calculates a cut of about 400 million euros in the income forecast for 2023 and 2024 due to the new energy tax With respect to what was initially planned, after the incorporation of amendments to the bill in the parliamentary process of PNV and PDeCAT and due to the adaptation of the resolution issued by the European Commission once the process had already begun.
In this way, the Minister of Finance and Public Function, María Jesús Montero, has corrected the latest estimates by analysts that indicated that this tax would collect only half of what was expected. This has been detailed in an interview on the ‘Hoy por Hoy’ program on Cadena Ser, which includes Europe Press.
He has also explained that these 400 million represent an adjustment of around 10%, compared to the 4,000 million that in principle the Executive expected that it would collect in 2023 and 2024. Thus, the total collection in two years for this new temporary tax would be around 3,600 million euros.
[El impuesto a las energéticas recaudará la mitad de lo previsto tras los cambios del Congreso: 2.000 millones]
The minister stressed that having included the PNV and PDeCAT amendments –which exclude from the net amount of the turnover that corresponding to regulated activities and supposes their application only to the activity that companies carry out in Spain- “is not a triumph of lobby“of the energetics.
“I think we are not justly suspected of having to succumb to any kind of lobby“has emphasized the head of the Treasury.
[Bruselas valora que la estabilidad financiera “no esta en tela de juicio” con el impuesto a la banca]
The bill in which this tax is included –and in which the new temporary tax on banks and large fortunes is also incorporated– was endorsed yesterday by the Congress of Deputies with the support of 186 deputies from PSOE, Unidas Podemos, ERC, Bildu, Junts, Más País-Equo, Compromís, CC, the CUP and BNG.
On their side, the 152 of the PP, Vox, Ciudadanos, Navarra Suma and Foro Asturias have voted against, and the 10 of the PNV and PDeCAT abstained in a public vote by appeal, requested by Más País and Compromís, which has forced that the deputies were getting up on the bench to announce their vote out loud. Montero believes that “it makes very little sense” that this vote was requested by appeal this Thursday, since it means prolonging the vote that finally took place after midnight.
Regarding the new temporary tax on banks, Montero has remarked that the Government will continue with its applicationdespite the opinions issued by different international organizations, such as the European Central Bank.
Of course, “at no time” has the stoppage of the implementation of this new tribute been recommended. “The European Central Bank never said that the tax was not contemplated, what he did warn about is what should be alert about the interests of financial institutions,” Montero explained.
In this sense, the minister pointed out that “everyone” has their task: in the case of the Government it is “to protect the citizens and the social majority of this country” and in the case of the European Central Bank it is to protect financial institutions .
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