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The tax agency pays 38.8 million for the ' Sanitary Penny '

Hacienda enables an express return procedure through its website

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The tax agency pays 38.8 million for the ' Sanitary Penny '

Three years after European Union court ruling that determined that health cent was illegal, government continues to deal with carriers ' claims. The tax agency has enabled an application through its website to "expedite necessary paperwork to proceed to payment of amounts owed". Hacienda has already processed, through this express procedure, files amounting to 38,850,000 euros. Only during last November transacted almost half of se files amounted to about 18,350,000, as explained by Ministry of Finance.

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The history of sanitary Penny, as is popularly known as retail sales tax of certain hydrocarbons (IVMDH), is one of most alambicadas of Spanish tax system. It was created in 2001 by Aznar's People's government to help communities finance new health competencies. The tribute had a state and a regional section. Up to 13 communities resorted to it to finance ir growing health expenditures.

The tax was in effect until 2012, when government of Rajoy integrates regional tribute in current special tax on hydrocarbons.

Cancelled by European Court

But in 2014 Court of Justice of European Union ruled that tax that was applied between 2002 and 2012 was illegal and forced government to return what was charged to carriers.

The executive proceeded to return non-prescribed money, which corresponded to tax payments made after 2010. This bill cost about 2 billion euros between 2015 and 2016.

But about 4,000 carriers claimed because y considered that y were also entitled to recover money y had paid for prescribed years. In order to try to curb se resources, in February 2015 Council of Ministers rejected patrimonial responsibility of State requesting thousands of transport entrepreneurs for return of prescribed periods.

A year later, Supreme Court gave reason to carriers, who will be able to recover anor 1 billion euros. To prevent supreme from collapsing with hundreds of claims of carriers, tax agency has launched through electronic site on its website an application to request return and attach payment vouchers.

With this platform, Hacienda will also answer claims requirements. The tax agency, in addition, has already processed dozens of files for total amount of 38,850,000 euros. And Hacienda has already initiated " revision of corresponding administrative files of claim of patrimonial responsibility".


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