The AFIP seized virtual wallets for more than $800 million on relevant debtors

The AFIP seized virtual wallets for more than $800 million on relevant debtors

Practice has shown that seizures start with the most liquid assets, such as bank accounts.

The Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP) advanced in the recovery of more than $800 million in debts accumulated by delinquent taxpayers, through embargoes on virtual wallets.

As reported this Wednesday by the body that leads Mercedes Marcó del Pont, justice has already enabled 1,269 measures on digital assets of people who accumulated unpaid liabilities.

The AFIP incorporated virtual wallets last February to the list of assets on which you can request the seizure lock in order to ensure the collection of accumulated unpaid obligations.

The decision allowed the agency to expand its capacity to guarantee compliance with tax obligations.

Over the past four months, courts across the country have authorized 1,269 seizures of more than $800 million on virtual wallets.

Magistrates of the provinces of Tucumán, Catamarca, Santa Fe, San Juan, Salta, Jujuy, Chaco, Formosa, Misiones, Entre Ríos, city of Buenos Aires, Neuquén, Córdoba, Santa Cruz, Chubut and different districts of the province of Buenos Aires , among others, approved the requests made by AFIP officials with the aim of recovering the amounts owed through embargoes on digital assets.

liens on delinquent taxpayers that the Federal Administration requires from the Justice they were specified on bank accounts, personal property, real estate and credits, among others.

The development of electronic means of payment and their widespread use led the AFIP to include digital accounts in the list of assets that can be seized to collect debts.

In order to determine which accounts to apply for embargoes, the agency relies on the information regime that, as happens with financial entities, obliges companies in the sector to report information referring to their clients’ accounts.

The regulations do not establish an order of priority on which assets should be advanced first when requesting the lock of an embargo to collect debts.

Nevertheless, practice shows that the measures start with the most liquid assets, such as bank accounts.

When the available balance is insufficient or the taxpayers do not have this type of placement, liens are requested on other assets.

Executions of debts prosecutors with the AFIP, the step after the lock of embargoes, were suspended for 19 months as part of the tools implemented to cushion the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Throughout this period, the agency made different tools available to taxpayers that made it possible to advance in the regularization of accumulated liabilities as a result of the crisis of the previous government, as well as as a result of the outbreak of the pandemic.

In line with the economic recovery process and with the aim of protecting the fiscal interest, the agency resumed in February the fiscal executions of delinquent taxpayers.

The AFIP began the fiscal executions to the riskiest taxpayers and with greater amounts of debt.

The process that is being carried out gradually added the possibility of requesting embargoes on digital assets.

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