Companies that pay taxes on offshores they will not receive state support in the context of measures to combat the covid-19 pandemic.
The deputies made possible this Wednesday part of the Left Bloc proposal and all the text of the ENP that prevents public aid to firms based in tax havens. The initiatives passed with the support of the PS.
The blockade proposal was voted on by points, having passed part of the initiative that was changed, but is not yet included in the site of parliament.
“The ENP intends, with this proposal, to correct an unfair and immoral situation, excluding companies with tax headquarters in tax havens from accessing national support lines, which should be channeled to companies that fulfill their tax obligations in the national territory” , read in the proposal.
The feasibility of these proposed amendments to the Supplementary Budget was allowed with the vote in favor of the PS that justified the vote in favor the previous day.
“The PS parliamentary group understands that, in fact, there are differences between the companies that have their activity in national territory, but that pay taxes on profits for their activity in tax havens and those companies that have their activity in Portugal and they pay their taxes on the profits of their activity in the national territory and with that they finance the general revenue of the State every year ”, indicated the socialist deputy João Paulo Correia, in the debate of the proposals on Tuesday, announcing the support to the initiative of the Block that prohibits state support.
“If these differences are recognized under normal circumstances, within the framework of what the country's economic activity is, in special circumstances such as the one we live in and which mark this cycle, public support when they are directed in the same way to these two types of companies, this imbalance is more pronounced ”, justified the vice president of the socialist bench, adding that“ companies that receive public support earn much more and continue to pay their taxes in tax havens ”, concluded the parliamentarian.
“We consider that, in a transition phase and taking into account what is the country's economic recovery, it is absolutely fair to prohibit public support for companies based in offshores, companies that have their activity in the national territory and in this way inform that the PS parliamentary group will follow the proposals that compete in this direction ”, announced João Paulo Correia.