January 25, 2022 5:25 pm

Retentions: Rural called on the Government to stop collecting a tax “that no longer has legal support”

While developing in Amstrong, Santa Fe, an assembly of producers protesting the measures adopted by the Government, in a statement, The Argentine Rural Society (SRA) expressed its deep concern about “the serious institutional situation that the country is going through today.”

“Since the beginning of the year, the collection of export duties has no legal basis, reason why the State should stop collecting them, “says the document.

In this context, the president of the entity, Nicolás Pino, He urged the Executive Branch to stop collecting the tax. “We ask the President of the Nation, Alberto Fernández, to instruct the Minister of Economy so that producers can charge the full price of our production as of next Monday”, affirmed the owner of the Rural.

The SRA explained that on December 31, 2021, the deadline set in the Public Emergency Law that delegated to the national president to regulate export duties expired: “The non-sanction of the Budget Law 2022, which included a two-year extension of this power, makes the decree 851/21 of December 15, which set the tax rates for this year, null.”

For Rural, this arises from what the National Constitution provides, where export withholdings can only be required by law of Congress. “There is no legal basis and this critical situation requires that Congress immediately decide what is the tax regime necessary to finance the Treasury”, Pino asserted.

In this sense, the rural entity requested the national authorities to assume, each one of them, the obligations in their charge, and “urgently resolve this unprecedented and alarming situation.”

For its part, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, former Minister of Agriculture during the government of Mauricio Macri, On his personal Twitter account, he published a report detailing what the creation of the trust to subsidize the purchase of wheat and corn means for producers. “It is a very clear example of how the government acts treacherously. Because on the one hand, He says that he wants to promote exports, that he wants dialogue but for another they invent that trust, where the contribution to this means raising withholdings more than four points without going through Congress ”, said to THE NATION.


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