- The Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias (CEEY) and the Colegio de México presented the study Inequality and Social Mobility.
- Mexicans believe that the rich should allocate on average 41% of their income to the payment of taxes.
- For respondents, to be considered “rich” you must earn 38,248 pesos per month, which they get, according to them, 35% of Mexicans.
Mexicans, rich and poor, agree on something: people with more money must pay more taxes, according to the report Inequality and Social Mobility prepared by the Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias (CEEY) and the College of Mexico.
For this study, CEEY conducted a survey of 2,500 people from seven cities in the country. One of the results showed that Mexicans believe that the rich should allocate on average 41% of their income to the payment of taxes, while middle-class people would have to put 23% of all their money to this item and the poor only 14.5%.
And how much do rich and poor Mexicans earn?
For respondents, 59% of the Mexican population is poor and earns an average of 2,548 pesos per month. In turn, the participants said that to be considered “rich” you must earn 38,248 pesos a month, which they get, according to them, 35% of Mexicans.
The reality is different. According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, poor Mexicans earn 3,080 pesos per month and represent 48.8% of the country’s total population. On the contrary, only 1% of national citizens have incomes similar to or greater than 38,248 pesos.
And they also believe that they pay more taxes than what actually happens
According to this study, in which the French Development Agency also collaborated and was funded by the European Union Development Cooperation instrument, Mexicans perceive that they pay more taxes than they actually do.
Mexicans think they occupy 39% of their income in payment of taxes, although what they actually pay is 22%. “This disconnection between perception and reality worries,” says the study.
Despite this, the study showed that Mexicans perceive high levels of inequality between poor and rich, and that they would like to live in a more equitable society; although not paying more taxes.
This study of perception and reality about taxes is based on a survey conducted by CEEY in seven cities in the country: Ciudad Juaréz, Mexico City, Monterrey, San Luis Potosí, Villahermosa, Acapulco, and León.
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