Quite unreasonably the IVA on obligatory surgical masks is charged at 21%, despite it being a necessity, which is why one chemist is up in arms.
The International Monetary Fund might recognize that Spain economy is improving, but it is still wants more measures that will only cause more suffering from a crisis-weary population.
In the second half of last month approximately 500 hairdressers came out in protest over the new crippling IVA rate. The demonstration took place outside the provincial Hacienda offices in the city of Granada.
On the 26th of March the price of a bottle of butane (una bombona de butano) went up to 17.13 euros, which is a 5% rise on the previous price of 16.32 euros.
The rise in purchase tax, IVA (Impuesto de Valor Añadido or Value Added Tax) is attracting a good deal of criticism from every opposition party, as well as the general public – even conservatives from the governing party’s own ranks, but the Government is determined to see it through.
There can be no better example of opposition tactics coming back to haunt you once you’re in government than what has happened to Mariano Rajoy.