The Health and Consumption Commission of the Congress of Deputies has rejected this Tuesday, with 16 votes in favor, 19 against and one abstention, a Proposal No of Law (PNL) to urge the Government to exempt all masks from VAT, including FFP2 and FFP3, because they are a mandatory product for the prevention of covid-19 infections.
Its proponent, the popular deputy Carmen Riolobos Regadera, has estimated that up to 800 million euros of VAT from the masks will be collected this year. “They stop the spread of the virus, they are mandatory, they are essential, they are quite expensive and they are not a luxury item. It seems to us an unprecedented greed for both Sánchez and Garzón,” he denounced.
Likewise, the NLP stated that hydroalcoholic gels were also exempt from VAT, at the request of Citizens, as well as that FFP2 masks were free for vulnerable and chronically ill people, a measure proposed by VOX.
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“A family of four spends around 240 euros per month on masks if they use them without exceeding their use limit. They are mandatory and essential,” declared Citizens deputy Pablo Cambronero. “A family has to choose between buying milk or masks,” justified VOX deputy Juan Luis Steegmann.
Marisol Sánchez Jódar, from the PSOE, has been against this NLP: “With what you propose it is not guaranteed that the final price of the masks will be reduced. By limiting their price, as we have done from the Government, yes. The NLP that They transfer us is plagued with ‘half-truths’ and things that the Government is already doing. ”
Along the same lines, Deputy Laura López Domínguez, from Unidas Podemos, has argued that, at this time, “it cannot be shown that the use of FFP2 masks is recommended for the general population.” “Government measures are being efficient and more resources than necessary are not being spent.
If we lower the VAT but do not limit the price, the State will lose revenue and families will not improve their access. Those who are going to benefit will to be companies, not families. Eliminating VAT would be a waste of public resources and would not have an impact on better access to this product, “he added.