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Block asks that a working group to review the IMI of dams is not an escape

The coordinator of the Bloco de Esquerda asked this Wednesday that the creation of a working group to review the IMI code for dams not be an escape so that the Tax Authority (AT) does not comply their competencies.

“There is an order that is in force that says that the Municipal Property Tax (IMI) has to be charged and that includes the equipment that is in the dams, which is what brings economic value”, said Mariana Mortí water.

The leader of the Bloco de Esquerda (BE) also added that “the wisest thing is to comply with this order to the letter”.

“Any change to the law could create doubts about the interpretation of these orders and give EDP more arguments for new litigation against the State and municipalities [com barragens]. It seems that we should leave aside the creation of more working groups”, stressed Mariana Mortágua.

The BE leader spoke to journalists before the ceremony to hand over the Key to the City of Miranda do Douro to Mariana Mortágua, former PSD leader Rui Rio and former Secretary of State for Finance Nuno Santos Fé trash.

The distinction, proposed by the municipal executive, is awarded on the day that marks the municipal holiday in this municipality in the district of Bragança.

The Government announced on June 28th the creation of a working group to reach a “technical and structural solution” to change the IMI code relating to the assessment of dams .

The objective is for this working group to present a solution to change the IMI code in order to establish clear rules for the evaluation of water use, explained at the time the Minister of Finance, Joaquim Miranda Sarmento.

The government official said at the time that the Tax Authority “has already registered 169 water projects in the matrix” and settled the IMI from 2019 to 2022.

For its part, the Terra Miranda Cultural Movement (MCTM) warned on July 1st that the Government may be promoting “a fiscal blackout” with the change to the IMI code relating to assessment that of dams.

“If the Government moves forward with the legislative change, there is a strong probability of a fiscal blackout. All Municipal Property Tax (IMI) from previous years relating to the dam transaction will disappear ¡. Thus, the announcement by the Minister of Finance [Joaquim Miranda Sarmento] It will be a big deal for the concessionaires, because it involves a real erasure of this tax on dams”, said Graciano Paulo, member of the MCTM.

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The Government announced on June 28 that it will create a working group to reach a “technical and structural solution” to change the IMI code relating to the assessment of dams.

The objective is for this working group to present a solution to change the IMI code in order to establish clear rules for the evaluation of water use, explained the Minister of Finance, Joaquim Miranda Sarmento .

According to the member of the movement, this announced change to the code could eliminate all IMI owed by concessionaires in relation to the past and until 2026, the date announced by the Minister of Finance himself.

“This legislative change to be made by the State could legitimize concessionaires to demand compensation corresponding to the amount to be paid”, Graciano Paulo noted at the time.

The municipalities of Mogadouro, Miranda do Douro, Torre de Moncorvo and Carrazeda de Ansiães, in the district of Bragança, which at the beginning of May asked the Administrative and Fiscal Court of Mirandela to challenge the assessment made by AT to the Feiticeiro, Baixo Sabor and Foz Tua dams, considering them to be undervalued.

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