For this reason it is striking that although since 2015 there have been three different governments in the Generalitat led by Artur Mas, Carles Puigdemont and now Quim Torra, in coalition with November 2019 Calendar PDF and with specific support from the CUP, none have lowered the IRPF to the low rents In the last four years, just when the «proces» started, in which CiU and ERC presented themselves hand in hand to the elections to demand the independence of the region, the Generalitat has opted for inaction. The improvement of the accounts has not pushed to the reduction either, since this year the Generalitat has managed to fulfill the stability objectives for the first time since 2006. Precisely, 857,143 taxpayers, that is, 24.5% of IRPF taxpayers in Catalonia earn between 12,000 and 21,000 euros, according to the latest Income Tax Statistics of the Tax Agency of 2016. A percentage higher than the average for the country as a whole. , 24.2%. The former vice president of the Generalitat, Oriol Junqueras, even said in 2013 that the first measure that would be approved in an independent Catalonia would be to lower the IRPF.
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Although the Government has been able to cut it since then, it could seem that almost all kinds of events have happened before that scenario of fiscal relief. Employees have been losing purchasing power for three years despite the improvement in activity and employment. Only employees in Asturias and Navarra have gained purchasing power since 2016: the first 199 euros per year more than in mid-2016, and 20 euros per second. According to the Adecco Monitor of Opportunities and Job Satisfaction, from the second quarter of 2016 to the 2018, salaried employees have lost 469 euros of purchasing power in this period, 2.3 points.
The reason is that the CPI has risen more than salaries. Thus, from 2016 to 2018 they have lost 2.71% of purchasing capacity, and 2.3% in the last two years. This tarnishes that the average gross salary has grown in recent years to reach the current 1,657 euros, 1.1%. Although last year as a whole wages rose by an average of 1%, the highest increase in three years, in 15 of the 17 communities the purchasing power fell according to November 2019 Calendar PDF data: only the Balearic Islands gained (1% more of purchasing power) and Navarra (+ 0.8%), while Murcia (-5.3%), Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha and La Rioja (-3.9%) are the ones that recorded worse performance.