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The leader of the CIU party in the Catalan Parliament, Oriol Pujol, has opened the door to the reintroduction of inheritance taxes in an effort to reduce the deficit faced by the region. The taxes had been only recently been virtually eradicated by the CIU, in 2011, with the support of the PP in the regional parliament. The measures were retroactive to the 1st of January 2011 and practically eliminated the tax between parents, children and spouses.
He explained that it may be this year or more likely the next when the government will be “faced with the obligation of having to take exceptional measures”. However, it will be for the government to decide the specific measures and whether they will relate to “succession taxes, other types of income gathering measures or spending cuts”.
Any changes made to the inheritance tax laws will be part of a number of measures necessary to “demonstrate that the region is a shining example of fiscal discipline”, he mentioned although he maintained that any measures ought not to ruin the possibility of growth in the region’s economy.
The elimination of the tax at a time when the public coffers were in crisis was heavily criticised by opposition parties in the Catalan Parliament.
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