On November 8, the Congressional Constitution Committee began the study of the bill that proposes to delegate to the Executive Branch the power to legislate on tax, fiscal and economic reactivation matters, for a term of 120 calendar days. The legislative board received the Minister of Economy, Pedro Francke and the President of the Council of Ministers, Mirtha Vásquez, who supported the reasons why the Executive Branch should have the power to legislate on tax, financial and economic reactivation matters. The committee is expected to continue its study in the next few days.
In this regard, the Premier explained that the Executive Branch seeks to obtain fiscal resources to “close the social gaps” in the areas of health and education. Meanwhile, Francke stated that the objective is to strengthen fiscal and tax policies in order to generate the necessary income to improve public health, rural connectivity and support for agriculture. The minister also explained that it is proposed to increase the progressivity of income tax, strengthen Sunat’s capacity to reduce tax non-compliance and massify the use of financial means of payment, among other measures.
Meanwhile, Congressman Carlos Anderson (Podemos Perú – opposition) stated that “it would be wrong to delegate powers, since it would be giving the Executive Branch a blank check”. Therefore, he recommended that in tax matters, the Executive Branch should make use of its power of legislative initiative, in order for it to be debated by Congress. At the same time, José Ventura (Fuerza Popular), indicated that several specialists agreed that increasing taxes in the midst of economic reactivation would be “inconvenient”.