Cancun, Q.R. – A new campaign has been launched in the state’s capital by party lawmakers seeking to reduce VAT in Quintana Roo.
The National Action Party (PAN), launched their campaign on Tuesday to have the state’s VAT (Value Added Tax) reduced from the current 16 percent back to its original 11 percent. Lawmakers with the Congress of the Union made the appeal, which was presented with the support of local signatures.
Mayuli Simon Martinez, president of PAN Quintana Roo, said the idea is to return the value added tax from 16 to 11 percent in the border areas.
According to PAN, the federal government’s decision to standardize VAT has had a negative nationwide impact, particularly in Chetumal, a city that experiences the largest variation in prices.
Fernando Celaya, president of the PAN in Othón P. Blanco, said the initiative goes beyond a political issue since its objective is to return economic competitiveness to border areas in the country, mainly Quintana Roo and its capital city.
“There are over 2,500 companies that were closed in the country because of these toxic reforms to the economy…and they did not take into account the realities of those that live in the border areas,” he said.
It was in 2013 when the Congress of the Union approved the VAT increase, which was a proposal made by the Federal Executive Branch of Quintana Roo.
“Now the people today are speaking out to reverse the issue. It would be unfortunate if the majority of the PRI ignored the feelings of the public,” said Fernando Celaya.
PAN plans to continue their appeal by socially campaigning Playa del Carmen and Cancun.