António Costa designed this tax measure within the State Budget for 2022 in an interview with TVI, conducted by the journalist by Miguel Sousa Tavares, after being confronted with criticisms about the existence of a high tax burden in Portugal.
“We are currently doing very serious work to identify the possibility that in the next State Budget for 2022 we can do what we have not been able to do this year, which is yet another step up,” declared the prime minister.
At this point, the executive leader argued that the priority will be to introduce changes in two income brackets of the IRS: the third and the sixth.
“In the third level, which covers income between 10 thousand and 20 thousand euros, we have a huge difference. Then there is the sixth level, between 36 thousand euros and 80 thousand euros, where there is a gigantic difference”, he pointed out.
In the interview, regarding taxation, António Costa refused to make Portugal stand out in the European Union for having a high tax burden, but presented a justification for the current weight of taxes in the country.
“As you remember, at the time of the troika, there was a great compression of the ranks [de IRS]. We have already made a first split of the levels, we had planned to make a second split for this year and we had to postpone it because of the crisis,” he said.
The prime minister assumed that it was feared that the country would sink to the bottom of the pandemic crisis, but he believes that the Portuguese economy has resisted and can now leave for “clean waters and with winds of character”
This analysis of how the country faced the covid-19 pandemic since March 2020 was broadcast by António Costa in an interview with TVI, which lasted about an hour and was conducted by journalist Miguel Sousa Tavares.
“We live in moments, in fact, when we fear we would go to the bottom. But today, thanks to vaccination, we are just weeks away from being able to consider having achieved a process of controlling the pandemic. It has not disappeared, it will continue to travel around the world, the risks of the multiplication of variants in other continents remain, but we will manage to reach a point of safety”, declared the leader of the executive.
In the interview, the prime minister argued that the Portuguese economy (in particular companies) showed a high level of resilience, justifying his thesis mainly on the basis of the current unemployment rate.
“Fortunately, we are not on the Titanic, nor is the boat sinking. On the contrary, the boat proved to withstand the storm well. I think we are in good condition to leave through clean waters and with good winds”, he maintained, admitting that support may begin to wane as companies resist.
In an allusion to the execution of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), António Costa said that he is aware of “the enormous challenges” that his Government faces and refused very negative consequences with the end of State support for the economy and people .
“This trend [dos apoios] has been decreasing. There was a time when the intensity of support was very high, when we had many companies resorting to lay-off and many jobs supported by lay-off, but, progressively, this support has ceased to be necessary,” he claimed.
At this point, the prime minister advocated that Portugal “is once again growing above the European average, as happened in 2017, 2018 and 2019”.
“Fortunately, today the support can decrease because the needs are smaller. We didn’t come in an artificial situation”, he added.
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