Friday, April 13, 2012

Tax resistance in Catalonia

Eight Catalan citizens (pictured) paid their VAT taxes in the Catalan Tributary Agency instead of the Spanish one becoming the first actual resisters to Spanish direct taxation of Catalan citizens and business. 

Unlike the Southern Basque provinces, Catalonia has common tax regime and therefore the Spanish state collects most of the taxes directly. However in 2006 the citizens of the Mediterranean stateless nation passed a new statute that, among other improvements in partial self-rule, allowed Catalonia to directly collect taxes within its territory. This statute was later declared illegal by the occupant power (Spain) but has the obvious support of the vast majority of the Catalan People, whose latest pro-self-rule demonstration brought at least one million people to the streets of Barcelona. 

Source: Gara[es].

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