Civic tax education
23 November 2018.- María Victoria Pérez Martínez, a fourth-year student from Cervantes Secondary School in Madrid, is the winner of the 2018 national writing competition for schools, organised by the Tax Agency, as part of its Civic-Tax Education program. Ana Yong Aranda Gómez, a sixth-year pupil from La Anunciata Primary School in León and Marta Sola Aguilera, a third-year student from Francisco Grande Covián Secondary School in Zaragoza were the finalists.
The prizes for the three students were presented today by the director of the Tax Agency, Jesús Gascón, at an event held in the Tax Agency headquarters, in the presence of the winners' families and teachers. The three winners read their essays, which had been selected from among the shortlisted essays previously selected by the regional delegations of the Tax Agency.
The Tax Agency thus resumes its national writing competition, begun in 2008. The decision to reopen the national competition, which in recent years had only been held in the Tax Agency regional delegations, is part of several measures aiming to reinforce the Civic-Tax Education Programme, carried out by the Tax Agency since 2003.
The programme includes the participation of civil servants, who give talks to pupils in their last years of primary school and secondary school, vocational training and university students.
The programme's activities, carried out in schools and education centres, also include training courses for teachers and open days for schools at the 52 regional delegations of the Tax Agency. In the last school year, 225 trainers from several regional delegations of the Spanish Tax Agency, delivered 2,100 hours of training to over 35,000 students.
The aim of these talks is to raise awareness among young people of the social purpose of taxes and the relationship between tax and public spending, and of the impact of tax evasion on society.
By incorporating tax and civic education content into the school curriculum, the initiative hopes to encourage young people to develop a sense of civic responsibility. The three winning essays in this year's national writing competition incorporate this message and emphasise the need for ethical principles regarding personal interests and common benefits within a democratic society.