Controversial ATM Tax Waiver

Sunday, November 5, 2017
By Martin Myall

MOT ATMsApparently, the Motril Town Hall has decided to waiver the municipal tax on banks with outside ATMs – this has not pleased the left-wing party, Izquierda Unida.

Izquierda Unida had asked for the Councillor for the Economy and Taxes for information concerning how much this tax brings in, but this information has not been forthcoming. What they do know, however, is that the Town Hall has not levied the tax in the last three years.

They also know that this tax-levying deficit has lost 1,700 for the coffers. The IU considers that although this is not a great deal of money, it is still money lost to the coffers.

The IU asks, ironically, if the Town Hall would also consider waivering tax debts owed by Motril residents for a similar amount.

A modification to the local bylaws had reduced the tax on ATMs outside banks to about 150 euros a year. Confectionery kiosks or newsagents ones pay around 500 euros a year.

The IU therefore considers that the whole scaling system for tax levying on businesses occupying public space is all to cock.

In the next Plenary Meeting the IU is going to propose that the local bylaws concerning the occupation of public space be altered so that banks pay 350 euros per annum for their street-level ATMs. They have calculated that this could bring in 42,000 euros per annum.

Editorial comment: has it occurred to the IU that any extra expense levied on the banks will finally end up being paid by bank customers – the banks have always been quick to add more bank charges to their customers accounts, after all.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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