Catalan Tax Rebels Dig In for Battle to Escape From Spain

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Artur Mas (Bloomberg)

A doctor, a graphic designer and a lawyer from Catalonia are road-testing a mechanism for paying taxes that could give the regional president, Artur Mas, a decisive weapon in his campaign to force independence from Spain.

As pressure for a breakaway builds ahead of a regional election in September, the group is encouraging Catalans to use an arcane legal formula to pay their taxes to an escrow account controlled by the regional government. That would potentially deny more than 8 billion euros ($9 billion) to the Spanish state, which is legally entitled to collect taxes directly in Catalonia and most of the rest of country.

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