The validity of the tax justice principles in Spain: Contributions to debate

José Antonio Fernández Amor, Patricio Masbernat

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The current economic crisis has highlighted various issues and causes changes of all kinds. Among the issues that are affecting are the basilar fundaments of Spanish tax law: the constitutional principles of taxation. This is not so much due to a crisis. Rather it is that its application and interpretation chaired by the flexibility since its enactment in 1978, brings different challenges to the effectiveness front the tax system problems whose seriousness, at this time, has increased. The tension between the seriousness of these difficulties and the effectiveness of the principles opens the debate on whether to keep reinforcing them, change their meaning or dispensed with whenever the current reality does not match that agreed at the time of its approval.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-546
JournalEstudios Constitucionales
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


  • Constitucional principles of taxation
  • Duty to contribute
  • Tax power


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