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Posted by portugalpress on September 12, 2018

It’s a soundbite that has been quoted this week in a story that makes very little sense: the Bloco de Esquerda (Left Bloc, or BE) party wants to create yet another tax on property sales, as a means of halting what its MPs term “property speculation”.

Media reports suggest prime minister António Costa has “rejected the plan” - but that PSD Opposition is reported as ‘thinking there may be something in it’.

The truth of the matter is that there are already a number of taxes and levies to dissuade people from ‘buying and selling property’ in a speculative manner.

Costa’s “rejection” captured on RTP TV was thus: “To be honest, I don’t understand this proposal - primarily because it’s calling for a tax that repeats the tax on economic assets which already exists and charges what needs to be charged”.

The Left Bloc’s proposal, in his opinion, has been “made in a hurry” - very possibly to recover some credibility in the wake of the dismal Robles saga (click here).

Needless to say, BE’s Catarina Martins says Costa has no authority to reject a proposal that has been under negotiation with the Finance Ministry for months.

And so it goes on as the country hurtles ever closer to next year’s legislative elections.


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