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Vast majority of Chileans support tax reform

Santiago, Chile, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) More than 80 percent of Chileans support a new tax reform in the country, according to the results of a Plaza Publica Cadem poll, published in this capital.

Regarding the need for such a project, 82 percent were in favor, 16 were against, and the remaining respondents did not answer.

The poll was conducted by telephone to 704 men and women aged 18 and older.

It was taken after the Chamber of Deputies rejected a reform proposal presented by the Government, which foresaw an increase in income taxes, including the tax on wealth and the implementation of new rules against tax evasion and avoidance.

With this initiative, the Executive expected to raise additional revenues of 3.6 percent of the Gross Domestic Product to finance structural reforms and social programs such as improving the pension system and expanding health care, education, and housing services.

After the setback in the National Congress, Chilean President Gabriel Boric and Finance Minister Mario Marcel stated that they would continue to seek ways to promote this plan, which is considered a pillar of their program.