The Argentine Chamber of Commerce and Services (CAC) expressed its support for the bill that the Chubut national deputy Gustavo Menna presented to grant a tax credit to employers for holding jobs of people with risk factors in their health that, within the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, have been exempted from the obligation to go to their workplaces as a way of preventing contagion.
“We express our support for the initiative and we hope that it will be dealt with and approved by the National Congress,” said the CAC in a note addressed to the Patagonian legislator and signed by the entity’s president, Natalio Grinman, and the secretary, Rodrigo Pérez Graziano. .
“From the Argentine Chamber of Commerce and Services we are convinced that this type of measure is beneficial for the sector we represent – very affected by the pandemic and associated restrictions – and for the national economy as a whole,” added the entity.
He added that projects such as Menna’s “favor the maintenance of formal employment by temporarily relieving the very high tax pressure that companies bear.”
The bill, which was presented last Tuesday in Congress, “encourages the recognition of a tax credit in favor of employers on account of VAT, Profits and social security contributions, for the amount of wages paid without consideration. labor because those employees are exempt from attending their workplaces because they are risk groups, “the legislator explained.
In his presentation, he was accompanied by legislators Fabio Quetglas (Buenos Aires), Luis Pastori (Misiones), Brenda Austin (Córdoba), Lorena Matzen (Río Negro), Roxana Reyes (Santa Cruz), Claudia Najul (Mendoza), Josefina Mendoza (Buenos Aires), Gonzalo del Cerro (Santa Fe), Sebastián Salvador (Buenos Aires), Juan Martín (Santa Fe), Carlos Fernández (Buenos Aires), Lidia Ascárate (Tucumán), Albor Cantard (Santa Fe) and Gabriela Lena (Between Rivers).
Among his arguments, Menna acknowledged that exempting from attending his work as a preventive measure has been a wise decision by the Government to prevent the spread of people with pre-existing diseases and to prevent the further spread of the virus, but stated that “the effort to sustain the labor relationship and the payment of remuneration without any consideration has been put at the head of the employers, when in truth it should have been a sacrifice shared by the State as well ”.
“There are employers who have sustained the payment of remuneration without compensation for labor services for more than a year. It is fair and also conducive to the purpose of sustaining companies and jobs, recognizing compensation like the one we are proposing with this bill, “he added.