The Generalitat will collect the state tax on the deposit of waste in landfills, incineration and co-incineration.
The transfer was agreed last July, during the meeting of the fiscal and financial policy commission between representatives of the State and the Generalitat, but the agreement for the transfer of powers has been made official this week.
According to Government sources, the tax regulations will be modified before the end of the year and the Agència de Residus de Catalunya will begin to manage and collect this tax from January 1. The forecast is to obtain around 120 million euros, an amount similar to that collected by the Generalitat with the regional waste canon, which has been levied on the same activity for 18 years. In fact, this canon disappeared when the State waste tax came into force last April (although the canon will be formally repealed at the beginning of next year).
The Ministry of Economy and Hisenda, led by Jaume Giró, had demanded that the autonomous canon, which had been in force since 2004 and represented an important source of income dedicated exclusively to the proper management of waste, be maintained. The income passed into the hands of the municipalities and favored the selective collection of waste.
Faced with the approval of the state tax, and the consequent disappearance of the autonomous canon, Minister Giró demanded from the Ministry of Finance that the management be transferred to Catalonia, a request that was granted and that the Generalitat now welcomes with open arms since it will maintain the control over these revenues.
At the beginning of the week, the Xunta de Galicia also achieved the transfer of the management of this tax.