The Government confirms that the PSOE will veto in Congress the reduction of VAT to 10% for hairdressers

Teresa Sanchez Vicente

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The PSOE will prevent the VAT reduction for hairdressers from going ahead in Congress. The Government spokesperson and Finance Minister, María Jesús Montero, made it clear today in the press conference after the Council of Ministers that the PSOE will veto this measure when it reaches the Lower House because the way in which the measure is adopted harms government capacity. to exercise their powers. “The Government will exercise its right to veto, among other issues, because it is impossible and produces an absolute misrule of our country”said the head of the Treasury. For Montero, this amendment affects “income policy and, therefore, goes to the root of what is the exclusive competence of the Government, which is the ability to promote the budget of our country.”

The government spokeswoman also criticized that “it is not presented via amendments” since it was registered “in voce” at the last moment when the plenary session that was being held at that time had to be interrupted. Thus, Montero confirmed that they will exercise the veto to prevent this situation from serving as a “precedent” and supported the action planned by the socialist group because the Government “has to guarantee that it can exercise its powers and the Ministry of Finance has to guarantee that it can exercise them.

The transactional amendment will come to Congress next week after the Senate agreed on Wednesday to lower the indirect tax on hairdressing services from 21% to 10% starting in 2022. The pact took place following a compromise amendment presented by the Popular Party (PP) within its anti-fraud bill. Already in the Upper House, the vote had the support of all political groups with the exception of the PSOE.

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The self-employed people celebrated this step forward on Wednesday, which in the end will not likely be such: “It is fair to lower the VAT to the Hairdressing and Beauty sector and it is important that the Senate has approved it. I hope to see you soon at the BOE », expressed the president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor.

Promise in opposition

The hairdressing sector demonstrated at the end of last year – in the midst of a pandemic – to demand a reduction in VAT from the Government of Pedro Sánchez from 21% to 10%. Although it was the Government of Mariano Rajoy who raised this indirect tax on hairdressers in 2012, the PSOE itself promised when it was in opposition that it would undertake this reduction if it came to power.

In 2017, the PSOE presented a non-law proposal with the reduction of the tax and a year later it continued to claim this reduction. Upon assuming the presidency, Sánchez failed to fulfill this promise: “We had support from the PSOE and United We Can until they came to the government,” a source from the group of hairdressers assured ABC a few months ago.Alliance for the lowering of VAT».

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