Spain’s Catalonia seeks own tax system


According to Press TV, the government of Catalan President Artur Mas has enlisted a former Spanish tax inspector, Joan Iglesias, to prepare the administration to collect its own taxes.

Iglesias said on Friday that the Catalan tax authority could collect about USD113 billion in taxes a year, more than the USD72 billion needed for an independent Catalan state.

Iglesias said “Everyone knows that Catalonia would be viable economically,” adding “It is the most economically productive territory in Spain.”

According to reports, the Catalan tax authority currently collects only five percent of the total amount of taxes raised in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain.

The Catalan president recently established a commission tasked with supervising the creation of structures in a possible independent Catalonia.

Earlier this month, Roger Albinyana, Catalan government’s deputy minister for external affairs, announced the region’s willingness to open some 50 embassies across the globe to represent its interests.


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