The VOX senators have vetoed the Draft Law on Tax on Certain Digital Services, which was being discussed today in the Upper House, considering that the Executive has presented it for demagogic reasons. "It is a new example of the lack of synchronization of the Government", has denounced Jacobo González-Robatto, who added that the Government's intention is "to waste time on what should be its main obligation: to present solid budgets that foresee how to get out of the most serious crisis that Spain is going through in recent decades, which coincidentally, we have always had the misfortune of meeting you in the Government.
"This Bill is not classified as naive, but in bad faith, a precise will to sink the Spaniards even further," reproached the senator, who has warned that the objective of the Government is "to lead Spain to the most absolute ruin ». "Unfortunately for all, they are succeeding," he lamented.
Consumers and SMEs, the big losers
During his speech, the senator explained to the Hemicycle that the collection objectives of this tax are much lower than the damages they will cause: «From commercial reprisals to Spanish companies at a higher cost in goods and services for all Spaniards and a general delay in the growth of digitalization of companies and channels ”.
In fact, professional associations have made it clear that the main losers will be consumers and suppliers, because they will see the cost of their purchases increased, and SMEs, because they will be less competitive by taxing their income and, therefore, their costs, and will open the door to other providers not based in Spain.
In fact, Spanish consumers will have to pay between 515 and 665 million euros as an increase thanks to this tax on digital services.
The VOX senator also recalled the unilateral damage that the implementation of this tax will cause to Spain. Thus, for example, the United States has already warned. "The position of the US ambassador is public, alerting him to the negative consequences of unilaterally adopting the Google rate."
The bill suffers from legal and tax inconsistencies that the GP VOX in Congress has exhaustively put in its amendment to the entirety and request to withdraw the bill, as the senator recalled.
In the case of the Tax on Certain Digital Services, gross business income is being taxed without reducing the expenses necessary to achieve it. In this sense, taxing gross income that, after deducting the necessary expenses for its achievement, could result in an insufficient difference, or negative, for the payment of the new tax, would have a clearly confiscatory nature, contrary to the Spanish Constitution and the Law 58/2003.
«It is not appropriate that a Law subject to the principles of necessity, effectiveness, proportionality, legal certainty, transparency and efficiency – debated and approved in the Congress of Deputies – can be modified annually, according to political interests or budgetary needs of each moment ”, has exposed the senator.
In addition, it has warned that «proposing that the quantitative thresholds, the tax rate of the tax, or the assumptions of not being subject to it in the processing of General Budgets of each year could be ruined all principles of legal certainty and transparency , in addition to leaving the image of Spain in a very bad place abroad and before the management of multinational companies that offer taxed technological services.