The PNL President claims that IMF officials took into consideration a possible hike, however the Premier and the Finance Minister convinced them that the flat tax should remain unchanged.
PNL President Crin Antonescu stated yesterday that the flat tax’s level is “set in stone” following the talks with IMF representatives and that the 16 per cent level will remain unchanged in 2014 too. Antonescu pointed out that the mandate PNL gave to Minister Chitoiu for the talks with the IMF consisted of maintaining the flat tax at its current level and lowering the social insurance contributions by 3 per cent. “It’s a mandate which Mr. Chitoiu has upheld, a mandate he backed and a mandate he will continue to back. (…) The Finance Minister has stuck to the strict basis of the mandate that PNL gave to him, a mandate that had and has the Prime Minister’s backing on the two issues,” the PNL President stated, being quoted by Mediafax. Asked whether the lowering of the social insurance contributions is still backed following the latest talks with the IMF delegation, the Liberal answered: “From our point of view it is possible. The final position will be revealed after the final talks.” Asked whether the lowering of social insurance contributions was “corroborated” with a hike of the minimum salary, he answered affirmatively. “Of course they are corroborated, we support this hiking of the minimum salary in two tranches, however, up to RON 1,000,” the PNL leader added. He also stated that the lowering of the social insurance contributions is not desired simultaneously with the hiking of other taxes or fees, but with maintaining the 16 per cent flat tax to which a reduction of social insurance contributions would be added.
Asked for his comments on Antonescu’s statements according to which a struggle was waged vimax semenax great site good info with the IMF in order not to hike the flat tax, Ponta answered: “Not at all. The IMF were not the ones who came up with the idea of hiking the flat tax. They didn’t ask for it. I’m not saying they would have opposed it, but they didn’t ask for it.”
The day before, the PNL President stated on Antena 3 that the Premier and Finance Minister Daniel Chitoiu (PNL) “waged and are waging battles with the IMF” in order to maintain the flat tax at the same level. Thus, Antonescu pointed out that he pleads “for this government’s cause, for this Premier’s cause, understanding all the difficulties they are going through.” “Well, in order for the flat tax to remain – it would have been a terrible scandal for the flat tax to be changed and rightfully so – the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister waged and are waging battles with the IMF, who comes up and says: “what are you saying, let’s look throughout Europe, the taxes are much higher, why do you and Bulgaria have such low taxes?” And you have to explain to them that the conditions are different, that for us it’s somewhat of a chance to be able to attract some investors, in order to be able to allow our own investors as many as they are left, not to mention the SMEs, because we don’t have large enterprises, to breathe,” the Liberal pointed out, being quoted by realitatea.net. He reiterated that the party he leads does not accept the hiking of the flat tax, and Ponta is “sympathetic” with this point of view. The PNL President pointed out however that, apart from maintaining the flat tax at 16 per cent, it is important for the social insurance contributions to drop by three percentage points.