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Dominican Republic: Participación Ciudadana condemns the Dominican government’s attempt to raise taxes

The Participación Ciudadana (Citizen Participation) civic movement appreciates that the new government is committed to seeking ways to reduce the fiscal deficit through an optimistic Revenue Budget Bill and Public Expenditure Law for the year 2021.

However, the organization deplores the trampling of democratic institutions by the intention to surreptitiously introduce a tax increase through the budget’s approval, a procedure similar to that attempted with the 1997 Budget, which was never finally approved well as in other budgets of the previous government.

“A Draft Income Budget and a Public Expenditure Law for one year and a Tax Reform Law with a permanent character are two separate discussions, and so they must be known by the citizens and the National Congress, avoiding that transitory taxes remain forever,” said the National Council of Citizen Participation through a press release.

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