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Strong ABL increases in all GBA municipalities


The mayors seek not to lose to inflation but are also concerned about how it could impact the elections.

The residents of the Buenos Aires suburbs began to receive the

first municipal tax bills

for 2023

with strong increases.

Every year the deliberative councils discuss in December, during the last ordinary sessions, the

fiscal and tax ordinance

that defines the communal tax policies for the following period.

On this occasion, generally with

local ruling parties that control the legislative bodies

, they approved adjustments

in line with the 60% inflation projected

for the coming year.

although there are nuances, especially regarding the time of the year in which it begins to be applied in its entirety.

Once again, both the official and opposition jurisdictions repeated a formula that has been applied since


inflation has remained

above two digits

: they empower the mayors to, if

during the year

the price index shoots above than expected, they can make

further adjustments.

This means that in no case will the increase that is arriving on the January ballots necessarily be the only one for 2023.

There could be more.

Also with respect to deadlines, there are districts that apply the full increase in January and others that do so in stages: one part in the first month and another later.

In most cases, the advance annual payment has bonuses and also allows you to avoid possible future increases.

In these cases, the advantage of making the annual payment in advance

gains strength

, because in these cases the taxpayers, beyond the 10% bonus that they usually offer on the amount;

avoid the second increase.

The uploads, according to each district

Among the first municipalities that defined the increases are Ituzaingó, in the western zone and controlled by the Frente de Todos, and Lanús, in the hands of the Cambiemos opposition.

In both cases,

a 60% increase was already established in the January ballot

, with a trigger clause for new adjustments if necessary.

Ituzaingó will increase municipal taxes by 60% as of January 2023. It was approved by the Deliberative Council.

A clause enables possible additional adjustments during 2023.

"It is the prediction that exists in the budget project at the national level. During 2022, the most optimistic estimate spoke of more than 90% inflation and the Municipality raised rates first by 30%, and then by 35%. In other words, that the tax pressure was below the beginning of the year and will continue to be so in 2023", councilor Marcelo Nadal, a man from the closest circle of the historic Barefoot mayor, specified at the beginning of December, when the increase was approved with the tie-breaking vote of the president of the body, since the cambiemista opposition voted against.

In Lanús, on the other hand, those who voted against that adjustment percentage were the councilors of the Frente de Todos, while the local ruling party asserted its majority of 13 seats against 11 to validate it.

Parallel to the increase in the tax paid by the frontistas, the


was ordered , starting in January 2023,

of 21 municipal taxes

that mainly affect commercial activity, a trend that is repeated in the districts controlled by Cambiemos, where they repeat the idea of ​​"simplifying" and eliminating "red tape" for production and employment.

Payment windows in a GBA municipality: in all districts, the mayors were empowered to apply new increases during 2023.

“We presented the budget taking the Nation's macro guidelines on inflation and GDP growth, within significant uncertainty, taking into account inflation of 60%, and based on that we increased both spending and income.

All the rates of the Municipality will increase up to 60% next year", explained at the time Damián Schiavone, Secretary of Economy and Finance of the Municipality of Lanús.

And he added: "Also this year we presented in the Deliberative Council the exemption from the authorization rate and we want this measure to be extended until 2023."

Lanús and Ituzaingó somehow marked a trend in the tax ordinances that began to be approved in the deliberative councils of other municipalities of Greater Buenos Aires.

The Deliberative Council of Lanús approved the Fiscal and Tax Ordinance 2023 with a 60% increase in the TSG.

Lomas de Zamora, Florencio Varela and Quilmes

, in the South zone, also begin to apply 60% as of this January, which could grow in the year if inflation exceeds that number.

In the last of the three municipalities, they set a ceiling of 25% for eventual additional adjustments.

In neighboring


, on the other hand, they approved 45% for the country areas and closed neighborhoods of the district, while 40% or 34% is reaching residential areas, depending on the neighborhood and the services it has.

The percentage in Avellaneda, a pro-government district, appears well above it, where it already reached 89% at the beginning of the year, being one of the highest.

La Matanza, the largest municipality in the country, applies an average of 60% increase, which is not the same for all neighborhoods.

For some years now, the different areas have been classified into three categories (A, B and C).

depending on the services they have.

In the most favored areas, increases above that percentage are arriving, while taxpayers who -for example.

They do not have sewers or live on dirt streets- they pay a lower increase.

Payment boxes in the municipality of San Martín, where the increase is between 15% and 40%.

In San Martín -another Peronist municipality- the increase in the first month of the year is 27%, although -as in La Matanza- it does not reach everyone in the same way.

It reaches up to 40% for some 1,200 higher-income taxpayers.

while it is 15% for properties registered as single and multi-family housing.

The also official Moreno, in the West zone, applies up to 100% in the most favored areas, such as the countries of Francisco Alvarez and La Reja.

In residential neighborhoods, the increase is 60%.

In the same region, Morón opted for a staggered 45% increase.

In the January and February bills (now the payment became monthly instead of bimonthly) there is a 30% increase, and with the March one there will be 15% more, which will not be applied to some 20,000 items in vulnerable neighborhoods ( out of a total of about 140 thousand).

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Morón offers up to 12 installments and reductions of between 70% and 100% of interest and fines.

It includes all municipal taxes and also debts that have already been judicialized.

West Zone.

In this district of the Frente de Todos they make a strong commitment to favor the annual payment: in addition to avoiding the second adjustment, residents who can afford the amount in a single installment will have a 25% discount, above what the communes usually do in this case.

In neighboring Tres de Febrero, "the TSG rises 60%, but with a progressive component from which a discount is given to lower value items," they reported from the Commune, which is in the hands of the opposition, from where they highlighted that the TISH, the rate paid by merchants and pins, "did not suffer any modifications other than the updating of the thresholds due to inflation."

In addition, they highlighted that "500 million pesos in tax credit, elimination of rates, TISH bonus for the first year and free authorizations were reallocated", based on the fact that -as in Lanús- the municipal tax system that reaches commerce was simplified.

Tigre, already in the North zone, started 2023 with a 30% increase that might not be the only one in the new year.

The Council empowered the mayor to apply up to 40% more during the year, depending on the evolution of inflation and needs.

With a similar logic, in neighboring San Fernando the rate has increased by 40% since January, and the trigger clause for possible additional increases was set at 30%.

It is the extraordinary power of the communal chief to apply it or not, in whole or in part.

In Escobar the tickets arrive with 35% and in May they will have a new adjustment of 20%.

In this pro-government district they eliminated 30 municipal taxes, according to reports.

And they give a discount of up to 20% to taxpayers who pay on time, while merchants will have discounts of up to 50%. 

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Source: clarin

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