Governors request sharing Country Tax, Casa Rosada to discuss later


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After a meeting between a group of governors from the UCR, the PRO and non-Kirchnerist Peronism with Guillermo Francos, Minister of the Interior of the Nation, the dialogue opposition and the Government advanced in the negotiations around the Law Bases and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines (Omnibus Law). The meeting was this afternoon at the Federal Investment Council (CFI), in the Retiro neighborhood, and the heart of the talk revolved around the COUNTRY Tax.

The leaders asked the minister that the Executive Branch agree to share a percentage of that tax on the purchase of foreign currency. They demand it to endorse the ruling party’s project in Congress. However, from the Casa Rosada they clarified that they will discuss it later.

“The Office of the President reiterates that the PAIS Tax and The rest of the fiscal package, previously included in the Law of Bases and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines, will be discussed later,” the Government said through the official Presidency account of the social network X. It was a publication after Francos’ meeting with the governors. This is the central point under discussion at the moment, just 24 hours after the debate in the Chamber of Deputies of the Omnibus Law.

Participating in the meeting at the CFI were Maximiliano Pullaro (Santa Fe), Jorge Macri, head of the Buenos Aires Government, Nacho Torres, governor of Chubut, Rogelio Frigerio (Entre Ríos), Leandro Zdero (Chaco), Gustavo Valdés (Corrientes). The conclave was called at 7 p.m. Marcelo Orrego (San Juan) and none other than Martín Llaryora (Córdoba), a representative of non-Kirchnerist Peronism who is pressing for changes in the Omnibus Law, also arrived around the time. The Peronist was the leg that added mix to the meeting, which otherwise would have been exclusive to the cast of the former Together for Change (JxC). They were joined by the vice-governor of Catamarca, Rubén Dusso, sent by Raúl Jalil, and a representative from Osvaldo Jaldo (Tucumán). These are two governors who articulate with a group of leaders of non-Kirchnerist Peronism who allied themselves with colleagues from the PRO and provincial spaces. Maximiliano Pullaro, from Santa Fe.

Those who were also present were a group of legislators from the “dialogue” blocs. In attendance were Miguel Ángel Pichetto, Nicolás Massot, Emilio Monzó, Oscar Agost Carreño, Ricardo López Murphy, and Carlos Gutiérrez for We Make the Federal Coalition, Diego Santilli and Damián Arabia for the PRO, Rodrigo De Loredo, Lisandro Nieri, Pamela Verasay and Soledad Carrizo for the radicalism, as well as the members of Innovation Pamela Calletti, Agustin Fernandez, Alberto Arrua, Carlos Alberto Fernandez, Osvaldo Llancafilo.

The central points that motivated the meeting, anticipated by Infobae, were the debate on the funds required by the governors to compensate for the loss in provincial collections that implied the removal of the fourth category of the Income Tax by Sergio Massa, during his management as Minister of Economy. Given the disagreements in the discussion in particular of the articles, the Government kicked the board on Friday when it announced the decision to remove the fiscal chapter from the Omnibus Law. That involved removing annoying points for the governors, such as withholdings on agriculture and industry, money laundering. But it also involved subtracting the law that reinstated the Income Tax. The governors were baffled by this decision, communicated by Luis Caputo, Minister of Economy, at a press conference at dawn over the weekend.

The CFI summit was a political conversation that sought to unblock, possibly, a central part of the discussion of the Omnibus Law, so that President Javier Milei advances the objective of achieving the goal of “zero fiscal deficit” at the primary level. Although details of the wording will continue to be discussed, during the meeting there was a principle of agreement for the Government to agree to discuss the distribution of a part of the collection of the COUNTRY Tax. In the provinces they consider that these funds can compensate for the loss due to Profits.

“Francos is coming, yes,” says Pullaro, governor of Santa Fe, standing with part of his team at Galerías Pacíficos. The Santa Fe leader takes his cell phone out of his jacket pocket again and confirms the outstanding fact of the afternoon: the Minister of the Interior of the Nation was present at the summit called by the provincial heads of the UCR, the PRO and some non-Peronists. Kirchnerists, among whom Llaryora from Córdoba stands out. There are 10 minutes left until 7 p.m., time for the conclave, and Pullaro is wearing a suit with a light blue and white striped tie. It is not worried by temperatures around 32°C. Like his colleagues, he usually resists heat, pressure and hustle and bustle of management.

Francos arrived at the CFI at 6:00 p.m. :52. It came unexpectedly and hermetically. The Minister of Infrastructure was accompanied by José Rolandi, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Nation, second to Nicolás Posse, Chief of Staff and Milei’s extremely trusted man. So much so that some governors found out minutes before the meeting. 40 minutes later, the Minister of the Interior had retired. His presence had been requested by the governors to discuss details of the Omnibus Law prior to the session. The official appeared, listened to the governors, exchanged ideas and hurriedly left for an interview. “We are working,” he simply said as he left, in response to the press. During his presence, Francos and Rolandi stood in the center and expressed the Government’s position. The governors initially told the official that they were asking to discuss the allocation of funds from the COUNTRY Tax. The minister stated that it could be granted as long as the legislators from PRO, Hacemos, UCR and Innovación accompany the rest of the articles. In turn, the Government representative insisted that the opposition endorsed voting on the list of privatizations contained in the Omnibus Law. It’s a delicate point. The dialogue participants expressed that he must undergo “poroteo.” That is, it will be discussed one by one. Something that is a fact is that YPF will be excluded from being privatized. At the end of the meeting, Torres, from Chubut, spoke to the press and reported that the parties had come closer on the remaining points: “A lot of things were able to be unblocked.” Today there is consensus for the vast majority.” “There is a commitment that the delegated powers do not compromise federal co-participation. We know that there are public works funds in question, the provinces are going to have to face them. There is talk of the adjustment of the provinces, I am going to tell you something: Patagonia represents half of the dollars that the country has been squandering,” added the Patagonian president. Ignacio TorresTorres was one of the main promoters, also, of the withdrawal of the federal fishing regime of the Law. The opposition will vote negative on these articles and the Government gave the go-ahead for them to be dealt with separately, in the period of ordinary sessions. This COUNTRY Tax was created at the dawn of Alberto Fernández’s presidency by the Law 27541, on Social Solidarity and Productive Reactivation. It was sanctioned on December 23, 2019 and was regulated on December 27 of that year by Decree 99/2019. In Chapter 6 of Title IV, the Law established the PAIS Tax on the purchase of banknotes and currency, for which which established a tax rate of 30%. This tax applies to the acquisition of services abroad contracted through travel and tourism agencies in the country, currency exchange carried out by financial entities on behalf of and by order…

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