The project promoted by Front of All had 133 votes in favor against 115, 19 corresponding to other benches including two radio stations: Gabriela Burgos and Jorge Rizzotti from Jujuy. In the vote there were two abstentions, both from the Left. The debate in the Chamber of Deputies lasted for 13 hours, after starting at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The call wealth tax it should be paid, if it becomes law, by about 10,000 people, according to data provided by AFIP.
As a result of the preventive isolation to which the president of the Lower House, Sergio Massa, was subjected on suspicion of contagion of Covid-19 after a meeting he held with a representative of the IMF mission who contracted coronavirus, the session began being chaired by the vice of the body, Álvaro González.
With the green light of the health authorities after the negative that the second swab threw, Massa resumed his face-to-face functions in Congress, where he first met with national ministers and officials, and then took his seat in the chamber’s hemicycle.
The session began with a high degree of tension with accusations between the ruling party and the opposition.
First there was a cross between Brenda Austin and Cecilia Moreau about the commission turns to the single-use plastics project, and later the deputies Álvaro de Lamadrid and Waldo Wolff raised questions of privilege against Massa for not making the necessary efforts to redirect to the Chamber of Deputies towards the presence of sessions.
Deputy Germán Martínez replied to the criticism and charged against Together for Change, considering that it sought to create a bad climate to cloud and delay the treatment of the large fortune project.
“We do not arm, we do not plan, nor we strike from behind. We talk head-on. I mean that we are not going to do what you were doing to us, when there were 20 questions of privilege per session, 30 requests for deviation of regulations per session”, answered the interblock president of Together for Change, Mario Negri.
The climate of conflict subsided a bit when the concrete debate of the project on great fortunes began, whose presentation fell to the president of the Budget commission and an informant member of the Frente de Todos, Carlos Heller.
The economist and author of the project assured by videoconference that the project “is not intended against specific people.” “We are facing an emergency situation, which is what gives it the exceptional situation, extraordinary. And it is for the only time, because it is intended – based on the constitutional principles of solidarity – to reach human persons with great fortunes”, he claimed.
For its part, Luciano Laspina (PRO) considered that the initiative promoted by Maximum Kirchner enshrines a “logic of shooting them in the feet of businessmen who have to push the cart in the exit of the pandemic” of coronavirus.
The Santa Fe said that the “wealth tax” is “confiscatory” because there is an absorption by the State of a substantial part of the income or property, “he argued. For Laspina,” the emergency does not enable to violate the National Constitution “, and questioned that the contribution” operates as double taxation with respect to the tax that today already governs Personal Assets. “
Meanwhile, the head of the Frente de Todos bloc, Máximo Kirchner, closed the debate where the bill for Solidarity and Extraordinary Contribution was given half approval. “This solidarity contribution will help to get more vaccines quickly, so that the impact of the arrival of this second wave is as low as possible. This is no time for insults. It is time to build a society that has the necessary conduct, will, and discipline until the majority of Argentines are vaccinated. What we want is an Argentina with living and healthy Argentines “, Held.
In turn, the national deputy of the UCR Luis Pastori accused the ruling party of practicing “tax populism” with the extraordinary contribution to the great fortunes.
“We do not come here only to oppose a very bad tax. We fight for the shared effort within the framework of democracy, with solidarity in the effort, but without tax populism,” he said.
The legislator warned that the extraordinary contribution to large fortunes represents a “second pandemic” for SMEs and employment, and questioned the “clearly anti-business and anti-investment bias” of the ruling party project.
“They did not ask the most humble people if they could contribute more during this crisis, they already did. It is a time to choose the homeland or the patrimony”, the deputy of the Frente de Todos pointed out later Itai Hagman.
For its part, Nicolas del Caño He justified the abstention of the Left Front by saying that the initiative to tax wealth is the “camouflage of an adjustment against the people” who wants to “present it as something revolutionary.” “It is a project that collects very little and it is a hoax that tries to hide this farce,” he said.
Hugo yasky (Frente de Todos) stated: “With all the taxes that Macri forgave them, there was no spill down, there was spill to tax havens and now it has to be paid as a foreign debt. We claim this extraordinary contribution as a way out for those who have less.” .
While, Graciela Camano (Federal Consensus) said that it is a “tax” that would overlap with the same tax base that the Personal Property tax already sets, thus generating “legal uncertainty”, “loss of confidence” and discouragement of investments.