Wish I had written the following article by Juan Uslar in Tal Cual today, it reflects exactly my feelings in the last few days as the tax office, Seniat, has been raiding various companies looking for tax evasion. Until people pay their taxes and the law is followed, the country will not develop properly. Yes, this is something good the Government is doing. There, I’ve said it! Even if the tactics sometimes are sensationalistic and the money is later spent inefficiently, but in the end it is a vicious circle…
Seniat charges on by Juan Uslar
During the last few months and particularly in recent weeks, there has been a display of activity on the part of Seniat (tax office) like nothing ever seen in Venezuela.
This has manifested itself by a wave of store closings, both small and large, which presumably have incurred in faults either in the detail or form, with respect to current tax legislation. Add to that that the director of Seniat is also teaming up with the Social Security administration and INCE (The training institute), among others. This has created a wave of panic in a country where tax issues were usually settled using “alternative” means.
I think that this was going to happen sooner or later, either with this Government or the next one. Moreover, it is unfortunate that they have had to resort to terror tactics such as compulsive shutdown widely shown on the media to provide “incentives” to all tax payers to comply with the law as soon as possible. It is impossible to close the fiscal gap in a country where the revenue goals coming from the productive sectors are not met.
A different topic, and that is why I touch upon it separately, is what is done with that money afterwards. Indeed, there has never been a more widespread image of waste and lack of direction with the schemes of public expenditures like there is today. One gets the impression that all of the revenues will go to finance expenses that in no way will back the competitiveness of companies or the inhabitants of the country. An INCE (training Institute) which teaches neither arts nor trades. A Social Security system that guarantees nothing except the lack of attention. A government that guarantees neither security, nor defense, nor health, nor education. Then, what for? But leave on to Caesar what is Caesar’s. All of these obligations that they are calling for are within the law and the regulations. Texts that were approved with the participation of those that have an interest in it, that is possibly correct, but that does not mean they are not legal. Another one of the multiple manifestations of our customary laziness. After all, we could always fix it without paying so much…Now we are in the worst of all possible worlds.
The conclusion I reach is that Seniat is doing what it has to do, whether we like it or not. If we all did the same thing, I am sure we would begin, very concretely, to fix this country. We have to take care of it.