NGOs: AMLO never wanted them and now he will liquidate the majority

He never accepted them and it was a matter of time before he finished with them. Now, making changes to the tax laws will accomplish its purpose of eliminating most of them.

I am referring to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), also known as civil society organizations (CSOs), which have never been welcomed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

As a presidential candidate, in March 2018 he said: “I have a lot of distrust of everything they call civil society or independent initiatives. The problem is that they have simulated too much with the civil society, it is like the independent candidacies that are independent of the people, not of the power mafia ”.

On February 14, 2019, already as President of the Republic, through his “Circular Uno” he ordered all the officials of his government to “end the intermediation that has originated discretion, opacity and corruption” and that from As of that date, they will stop transferring public resources to social organizations, peasants, unions and civil society organizations because “all support for the welfare of the people will be delivered directly to the beneficiaries.”

Days before, in order to justify the 50% reduction in the budget for the Children’s Stay program to Support Working Mothers, he warned that “All children will be protected from children’s stays; Direct support will be provided to parents, not to children’s homes, but direct to girls and boys. We are no longer going to give resources to organizations or foundations, that’s what the government is for, this must be very clear. “

In May 2019, he justified the fact that 6,200 million pesos had not been delivered to social organizations, because, according to him, acts of corruption were detected that he never bothered to demonstrate or report to the judicial authorities.

Therefore, it should not surprise anyone that with the changes it has proposed to the 2022 Income Law, it seeks to liquidate the majority of CSOs or NGOs by limiting the deduction of donations they receive in payment of income tax, putting a cap of up to 7 % of cumulative income that a taxpayer has had during the previous fiscal year.

With this, between eight and 10,000 NGOs could stop receiving 8,000 million pesos in donations next year, which would mean the end of most of them.

The president insists that the government exists to provide all the services that those organizations that for him are corrupt provide today, but ignores the fact that the government lacks the economic, material and human resources to provide them. He also wants to convince us that there are no longer corrupt officials within federal agencies, which is not true.

Today, of each peso that NGOs receive, 29.6 cents are allocated to support children and adolescents, 8.2 to the elderly, 7.8 to families, 7.8 to young people, 5.8 to women, 5.8 to indigenous people and peasants and 4.6 to the disabled. among other recipients. When they stop receiving 8,000 million pesos, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans will stop benefiting and will have to wait for a government that has proven to be very inefficient to help them.

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