Venezuela's deficit estimated at USD 11.40 billion
Additional revenues are partly offsetting financial imbalances
The report on the economic and financial impact of the reform of Law on Special Contribution for Windfall and Exorbitant Oil Prices reveals that the central Government faces a gap between income and expenditure early this year of USD 11.40 billion.
It is highlighted that the additional funds resulting from the change in the distribution of the oil windfall tax will be partially oriented to reduce the deficit.
The report produced by the Venezuelan National Assembly is based on the figures provided by the oil industry. The document shows that the tax reform guarantees some USD 2.24 billion to the Treasury -"an amount that allows reducing part of the deficit and avoiding the need to take on new debts."
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.