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Tax authorities must collect taxes of 15 billion euros – O Jornal Económico

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Suspended arrears reached EUR 8,436 million last year, with tax arrears suspended either pending a court ruling or insolvency proceedings. Active debt (considered to be repayable) last year amounted to EUR 6,193 million. In total, the tax authorities are required to levy 14 629 million euros in taxes. An amount that rises to more than 22 billion euros when calculating the prescribed debts, which, since these are old debts and are difficult to recover, after exhausting all legal attempts to collect them, will end in processes declared unfulfilled.

“The debt portfolio of 22,033 million euros at the end of 2020 shows a relative increase of 4.2% compared to the previous year. However, suspended debt and active debt declined by 0.5% and 0.7%, respectively, ”says the 2020 Anti-Fraud, Tax and Customs Evasion Report, where it understands that outstanding debt has decreased from 6,224 million euros in 2019. to 6,193 million euros last year (a decrease of 21 million), while suspended debt fell by 61 million to 8,436 million euros.

The debt declared in default increased from 982 million euros to 7.404 million euros.

The tax administration explains that in respect of the debt declared as a result of default, in 2019, for the first time, more was presented than the outstanding debt (6 422 million versus 6 224 million, respectively). A trend that continued in 2020: debt declared in default amounted to 7,404 million euros, which is higher than the 6,193 million outstanding debts recorded in the past.

The failed portfolio nearly doubled

Regarding defaulted debt, AT reports that “over the past four years, it has represented a consistent annual growth of about one billion euros per year”: in 2017 it was 4166 million euros, in 2018 this figure was already 5,034 million, in In 2019, it was 6 422 million euros, and last year it reached a record high of 7 404 million euros.

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The defaulted portfolio has nearly doubled over the past four years, showing a second more outstanding debt at the end of 2020, according to a report that was submitted to parliament this week. This increase, the report adds, “can be attributed to a shift in the position of the entire jurisprudence on prescription-related issues, the position taken by AT, which today peacefully, with the understanding of the long-term effect of interrupting a prescription, generates fewer prescribed debts.” AT stresses that, therefore, since these are debts of a certain age and therefore are difficult to recover, they, after exhausting all legal attempts to recover them, will end up in processes declared unfulfilled.

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With the expansion of 5G, major North American airline executives have issued a warning about what they say could be a “catastrophic crisis” caused by the new technology in the sector’s operations in the US.

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Garden of Osorio. After arguments and threats of reprimands, the banker slams the door

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The Portuguese commando of the banking world slammed the door of the second largest Swiss bank. António Horta Osorio stepped down as president of Credit Suisse nine months after taking over the banking institution, following an internal investigation by the bank to determine if he violated current pandemic crisis regulations. He now explains his reasons for leaving: “I regret that some of my personal actions have caused hardship for the bank and compromised my ability to represent it inside and out,” the statement said, adding that “thus, I believe that my dismissal is in the interests of the institution and its shareholders at this critical time.”

Earlier this month, the chairman of Credit Suisse assured that the Portuguese banker would receive a formal reprimand from the board of directors after an internal investigation confirmed that Horta Osorio had violated domestic rules regarding covid-19 for the second time. It was about his entry to Switzerland at the end of November in violation of quarantine rules. A situation which he confirmed himself, claiming that it was not intentional and that the trip was reported to Swiss health authorities and the financial regulator. But this was not an unprecedented event. The same thing already happened in July when he attended the Wimbledon tennis tournament when he was supposed to be in isolation, against the country’s rules.

A Portuguese banker has been called in to lead Credit Suisse to manage the crisis caused by the Greensill Capital and Archegos Capital Management scandals, which cost the bank more than five billion dollars (more than 4.3 million euros). In fact, the fall of Greensill was the first of two major problems to emerge in 2021, soon followed by the collapse of Archegos Capital Management, which the Swiss bank funded with billions of euros.

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Thus, Credit Suisse remains in the grip of one of the most serious crises since 2008, which Horta Osorio was unable to resolve by leaving through a small door. On the day he announced his departure, the financial institution’s shares fell 2.26% to 9.33 Swiss francs (8.94 euros).

“Club” of great bankers Nicknamed El País “city samurai” or “special banker” to others, he led Llodys, considered one of Britain’s largest retail banks, for 10 years. He left the presidency in June last year – despite announcing his departure more than a year earlier – after completing a third strategic plan developed for the bank, whose main tasks were to prepare it for the digital world. From there I was ready to go to Switzerland.

In 2020, he received the New York Foreign Policy Association Award for his international career in several countries and for his contribution to spreading his knowledge of international economic and financial affairs. He also received a Visionary Award from the British REBA for Lloyd’s exemplary approach to the mental well-being of employees and society in general, and was knighted by the Kingdom of Elizabeth II for his role in rebuilding the British financial institution after the financial crisis. And he was even considered one of the 50 most influential personalities in the world according to Fortune.

The fact that he publicly admitted that he suffered from burnout did not weaken him, on the contrary, since this discussion on this topic was never openly held among top managers.

Married with three children, he is known for his passion for sushi, diving, tennis and skiing. The banker holds a degree in business management and administration from Católica, having started his career at Citibank. While still working, he received an MBA from Insead, after which he was hired by Goldman Sachs. He develops his activities in New York and London related to corporate finance in Portugal. From there to joining Santander was a leap. At the age of 39, he became the youngest president of a bank in Portugal and managed to turn it into one of the largest national banks after he managed to buy Totta and Crédito Predial, thus stamping his passport into the club of the great Portuguese bankers. . He later dropped the bomb, saying he was going to leave the country.

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However, he was always attentive to the problems of the Portuguese economy. Horta Osorio spoke on several occasions about the problem of the country’s lack of ambition, and even moved to an “alarming” level of bad debts in Portuguese banks.

He recently stated that “it’s amazing that in Portugal you earn an average of a thousand euros a month”, while “in Ireland you earn twice as much” and “in Spain you earn 50% more”. And he went even further, asking the question: “Are we satisfied with the level of wealth that we have? Are we satisfied with a country that is not growing? Shouldn’t we have big ambitions?

Other disputes This is not the first time that Horta Osorio has been involved in controversy. Behind the scandal with the payment of personal expenses with bank money, when he was in Singapore to attend the International Monetary Conference. The information was disseminated by The Sun newspaper and pointed to accounts of about four thousand euros. In addition to the “party”, expenses were to be made with the help of consultant friend Tony Blair, with whom the banker was photographed walking in Singapore. There were rumors at the time that it was an extramarital affair. The story has taken on a broader scope since three years ago the banker himself introduced a code of conduct for all employees of the financial institution. One of the points was about the image that bank employees should create: behave moderately and take into account how family members and friends will perceive it.

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The Lord Who Follows Axel Lehamn has been chosen by Credit Suisse to replace the Portuguese banker where he has worked since October last year. “Lehmann is ideally placed to lead the bank’s strategic transformation,” Credit Suisse vice president Severin Schwan said the same day the Portuguese manager’s resignation was announced.

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EDP ​​puts forward proposal for conversion of Pego plant – Energia

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EDP ​​is one of the candidates for assignment of the point of connection to the electrical network of the Pego power plant. A few hours before the closing of the open tender, which ends this Monday at 23:59, and in response to a question from Negosios, the electric company confirms that it has put forward a proposal, however, without providing further details on its content.

A the hypothesis has already been put forward Miguel Stilwell, CEO of EDP and EDP Renováveis, last November. “We are looking into Pego’s options. But we haven’t decided yet,” the official said.

“If we think we can bring a competitive offer to the table, we will obviously move forward,” he added. Responding to the same question about the content of the proposal, Stilwell said it would “definitely include a renewable energy component” and “may include a hydrogen component.”

The Pego plant stopped coal production at the end of November last year. Public auctions for the location of the point of connection to the power grid began in September, and about two dozen applicants will take part in them. A 630 MWh grid entry point considered “valuable” is at stake.

A preliminary report with the results of the tender will be published within 15 working days by the Directorate General of Energy and Geology (DGEG). It is expected that the final verdict after hearing the interested parties will be delivered within a month.

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