BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina will water down a tax hike on liquid fuels, the country’s energy secretariat said on Friday, as it faces a biting recession and President Mauricio Macri seeks to rein in rising prices.
The hike, postponed since early June, will be 3.9%, well below the 11.8% expected based on the usual formula that takes into account inflation in the previous three months.
“The tax is applied on a quarterly basis and would have been increased at the beginning of June, but the Ministry of Finance decided at that time to postpone its implementation for a month,” the ministry said.
The Central Bank of Argentina and Macri, who is seeking re-election in October, are pushing fiscal and monetary reforms to slow down inflation which has been running at around 57.3% over the last 12 months.
Reporting by Eliana Raszewski; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Richard Chang