Spain to cut income taxes on low salaries - minister

MADRID Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:52am GMT

Spain's Treasury Minister Cristobal Montoro gestures during an interview with Reuters in Madrid November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Spain's Treasury Minister Cristobal Montoro gestures during an interview with Reuters in Madrid November 19, 2013.

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MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government plans to cut income taxes, particularly on the lowest salaries, as part of a sweeping fiscal reform next year, the treasury minister said in a newspaper interview.

The overhaul of Spain's tax system, expected to be the government's major economic reform of 2014, will gradually introduce more cuts for lower income brackets than higher income brackets between 2015 and 2017, Cristobal Montoro said.

"We're going to lower all income taxes, but proportionately ... and progressively," he said in an interview with daily Expansion published on Thursday.

The reform will also seek to boost Spain's effective corporate tax intake, currently one of the lowest in Europe at around 8 percent of profits, while introducing more tax incentives for business investments.

The government does not plan any changes to value-added tax after a 3-percentage-point increase last year, he said.

A treasury ministry spokesman confirmed Montoro's comments, adding: "Work on details of the reform, which will address the entire Spanish tax system, will begin after a report from a committee of experts due in February."

Montoro told Reuters last month that the fiscal reform was not about raising tax rates to provide the revenue needed for Spain's deficit-cutting drive but about helping economic growth, which in turn would generate revenue.

(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Fiona Ortiz, John Stonestreet)

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