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PRI and PRD Criticize Business for Tax Evasion Threat

Chambers of commerce had threatened to withhold taxes to punish the government for the education conflict
By The News · 03 of August 2016 16:11:24
Coparmex president Gustavo de Hoyos Walther requesting an amparo against the federal government, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, No available, photo: Cuartoscuro

Members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) criticized hints by chambers of commerce that they would evade taxes to punish the federal government for the roadblocks of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE).

The Employers Federation of Mexico (Coparmex) requested an amparo, a Mexican constitutional legal process that protects citizens and their basic rights, against President Peña Nieto for putting GDP growth at risk by allowing blockades to continue Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Chambers of Commerce Confederation (Concanaco) suggested that its members declare zero income in order to avoid paying taxes amid an unfavorable business climate surrounding the education conflict between the government and the CNTE, which is most intense in the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

PRI Deputy César Camacho Quiroz noted that paying taxes is a constitutional requirement, while PRD president Alejandra Barrales also criticized the attitude of the chambers of commerce.

Camacho Quiroz denied that there is inaction on the part of the federal government and accused the businessmen of taking advantage of a judicial procedure to make a political point.

“It’s up to the judge to resolve the issue, but my personal opinion is that it is a political statement disguised as a judicial procedure, and it will be resolved quickly,” he said.

Barrels said that is important that the law be respected because the goal of the law is to guarantee harmony between citizens.

She regrets that businessmen are calling for breaking of the law.

“I don’t think that is going to help,” she said. “The law must be applied.”