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Spain Plans To Cut Corporate Tax Rate

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

05 June 2014


Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has unveiled plans to cut the corporate tax rate from 30 percent to 25 percent to increase the competitiveness of domestic companies.

The tax reduction will come into effect on January 1, 2015, and will be implemented in two stages, the prime minister said. The measure is part of a stimulus package worth EUR6.3bn (USD8.57bn).

Rajoy also said that the government plans not to increase the headline value-added tax (VAT) rate, which currently stands at 21 percent.

The prime minister's announcement follows a statement issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on May 27, 2014, in which the organization said that Spain had "turned the corner." Among other things, it proposed a reduction in Spain's corporate tax rate. It also said that there is room to increase indirect tax revenues, stating: "Raising excise duties and environmental levies, and gradually reducing preferential treatments in the VAT, would bring Spain's collection effort more into line with its European peers," the IMF said.

In its concluding remarks, the IMF also urged the authorities to broaden the income tax base by reducing exemptions and special treatment for certain categories of taxpayers.

TAGS: environment | tax | investment | value added tax (VAT) | International Monetary Fund (IMF) | corporation tax | Spain | Europe

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