Government and National Assembly discuss fiscal reform
Deputy Ricardo Sanguino said the proposals are being evaluated
One week ago, Venezuelan Minister of Planning and Finance Jorge Giordani urged one more time the National Assembly (AN) "to undertake an in-depth fiscal reform. Those who earn more will have to pay more." Hence, the chair of the AN Finance Committee, Ricardo Sanguino, announced they are already working on such reform.
"We are evaluating the best proposal to conduct the fiscal reform. We are taking a look at the effective tax laws and other laws that may be added so as to obtain funds from those who earn more. This does not mean income is insufficient. We are just making an assessment. We have not made any decision about the right timing," Sanguino elaborated.
The congressman did not list the new taxes. When requested whether they would take into account the taxes proposed in the Socialist Plan 2007-2013, he answered, "We are considering all the alternatives."
The government plan includes a fiscal reform providing for income tax progressivity -Higher income people should pay higher taxes- and a revision on the Value Added Tax (VAT).
It also provides for a new tax on the appreciation of immovable property, public works for default; a tax on luxury goods; a tax on the use of luxury services; and a tax on production-oriented facilities & equipment in use without any justification.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.