Socialism is also about taxes


I’ve been searching about the finances of two bars I use to visit, because in one of them the fifty years old waitress cheated me into believing  she was the owner,  and formed a trio with the old tattooed waiter, her husband, also an owner, and a twenty four years old girl, sometimes their daughter, a social anthropologist, other times a whore,  with whom I’ve been  talking about Dylan, who performs here tomorrow, the whole Easter, and I was going crazy, once more. (What happens at the other bar and the illegal Dominican waitress  is just unspeakable,  I’m being  kept out and threatened on a daily basis). I found out that the real owner is a guy that holds other seventeen (17) business, has not his business accounts published at the Commercial/Trade Register, the bar doesn’t makes public its numbers since 2014, another advising company of him since 2009, and probably doesn’t pay fair (or maybe any) taxes. This situation may be widespread, here, in Santiago de Compostela, in the Autonomous Community of Galicia and in the Kingdom of Spain. In the meanwhile, Social Security numbers plummet, and pensions and public services are at risk.

In 2017 a huge corruption plot involving tax-inspectors was detected in Galicia. But I think the issue hasn’t been completely cleared out.

“Corruption in the Tax Agency: this is how the plot of tax inspectors dismantled in Galicia worked. The leader was the Head Inspector in Vigo, arranged meetings in Portugal to settle the fraud and asked up to 400.000 € for rigging tax files.”

https://www.elconfidencialdigital.com/articulo/dinero/corrupcion-agencia-tributaria-asi-operaba-trama-inspectores-hacienda-desarticulada-galicia/20190116173527120499.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_register?wprov=sfti1

It appears there is no adequate monitoring of corporate incomes and corporate financial statements, which probably makes the calculation of taxes biased. In Europe the situation may be glimpsed in the above Wikipedia link.

In this other list, under “United States,” “State Registers”, I think it’s worth reading the article about the Secretary of State in New York, for instance, (or any).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_company_registers?wprov=sfti1

Most of the data that can be found in OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies in the world, are frightening, at least searching for companies located in Spain (it is impossible to find reliable financial information published about Alcoa, or Inditex):  https://opencorporates.com/

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  1. fernando_santamaria April 28, 2019 9:01 pm 

    I usually write here in the idea that thinking local may be useful for other activists, an idea that comes from historic Galicianism, as represented by Alfonso Rodriguez Castelao:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfonso_Daniel_Rodr%C3%ADguez_Castelao?wprov=sfti1

    The situation of taxes in Galicia, and the absence of reliable data, made me think in the situation of taxes in the US, and the Commerce/Trade Registers, where the financial records are filed there.

    Thinking about waitresses brought by association the reference to Alexandria Ocasio, about whom almost the only thing known in Spain, is that she had worked as a waitress.

    I think the GOP May be campaigning against her about that. There is in fact a campaign against her in the social media. And so I posted her Wikipedia bio.

    The song by Leonard Cohen is a tribute to her energy, strength and beauty (“exquisite music, Alexandra laughing”), and an advise to keep loyal to her commitments. (“Your first commitments tangible again”). I like what she represents, and her socialist point of views and wouldn’t like that would be endangered or jeopardized.

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