Interview with Gaspar Caballo Mingo, Tax Inspector in Madrid.  today is

Married and father of two daughters, at 59 years old he has held positions of great responsibility in the Ministry of Finance. He has a degree in Law and Business Sciences and his hobbies include reading, cinema, the beach and sports.

– What memories do you have of your childhood and adolescence in La Zarza?

Although I was born in Madrid, a few days later they moved me to La Zarza (then, Zarza de Alange), where I had my home until I got married, at 30 years old. From the first stage of my life, I clearly remember D. Francisco’s school, in front of the park, a magnificent teacher who taught children of different ages at the same time, and thanks to whom I did not notice any difference in training when, at Eight years old, I went to study in Madrid.

Afterwards, he returned to town on vacation. During the summers, I would go to the Guadiana River (there was no pool then) to swim with my dog, Trece. At night, we friends would stay talking or playing chess in the park bar until the heat gave a break and we could go to bed. I can’t forget the summer cinema, perhaps the best I have ever known (and there are many, because I love them) and where I have had a very good time. I was very upset when I found out about its closure and I believe that everything possible should be done to reopen it.

At the end of higher education, curiously, unlike almost everyone else, the military service, which was mandatory at that time, brought me close to home, since I did it at the Talavera La Real Air Base, next to Badajoz.

– Do you come often?

Less than I would like, but from time to time, since my brothers, nephews and paternal uncles, Francisco and Patro, still live in La Zarza. I almost always go at Christmas, a few days in the summer and when there is a family event to celebrate.

– Where did you study?

In Madrid, at the ICADE (Catholic Institute of Business Administration and Management), which then depended on the University of Deusto (Bilbao).

– Where has your professional life gone?

When I finished my degree and my military service, I started working in banking in Toledo, but I immediately passed the exams for Sub-Inspector of the Treasury and worked as such in Badajoz, Huelva and Cuenca.

Later I took the exams for Tax Inspector, with destinations in Valencia, Cuenca and finally in Madrid, where I am currently.

– He holds and has held important positions at the national level. Which one would she stay with?

I have been Delegate of the Tax Agency in Cuenca, and Deputy Director General of Information, Deputy Director of the Planning Department and Director of the Management Department of the Tax Agency, among other positions of responsibility.

Perhaps I would choose Deputy Director of Information, since I was in charge, among other functions, of organizing the Income Tax Declaration Campaigns. Almost 20 million filers depended, to a large extent, on that organization to correctly and easily comply with their obligation to file. It was a position that carried great responsibility, but also provided great satisfaction when the established objectives were achieved.

– Is the recovery from the crisis reality or is it something from television?

All crises that have existed to date have been cyclical and this was not going to be an exception. It is true that it has been a particularly virulent crisis, especially due to its generality (it practically affected everyone) and job destruction. But I believe that yes, we are beginning to recover and get out of it, not without a lot of effort and keeping in mind that there is still a long way to go before we consider that it is over and reach acceptable employment levels for a developed country like Spain.

– Are we all Treasury or some more than others?

Without a doubt, we are all. It is true that there are those who do not want to be and try to defraud and not pay the taxes that correspond to them. Some achieve it, but it is also true that there are fewer of them than people believe, although the most striking cases tend to reach public opinion, tending to become generalized. The majority of citizens pay their taxes correctly, but in all areas of society there are people who, unfortunately, fail to comply with traffic, labor, etc. regulations.

I also believe that there are no short-term solutions, since the only truly effective way to end fraud of any kind is education. We must make people aware that if we want quality healthcare (doctors), education (teachers), infrastructure (roads, trains) or security (police, firefighters), we must all pay for it and that is done precisely with taxes. .

– What specifically does your work currently consist of?

I currently work in the Central Delegation of Large Taxpayers, which is where those companies that invoice more than 100 million euros, people who have an income greater than one million or have assets greater than 10 million are controlled.

– What do you like most about your job?

Without a doubt, believing that I help those doctors, teachers, police officers or firefighters that I spoke about before can fulfill their role, providing them with the necessary financial resources to do so.

– And the least satisfactory?

Well, to think that, unfortunately, we cannot cover everything and that, as I also pointed out previously, there are those who do not comply with their tax obligations and we do not detect them, although we constantly work to make them fewer and fewer.

– What is your daily life like in the capital?

Well, I am one of the lucky few who in Madrid can go to work on foot (a walk to clear my head of about 25 minutes, or 10 minutes on the municipal bikes, which I also usually use). Currently my work day is usually only in the morning, which allows me to spend the afternoons resting, reading, walking, playing tennis, etc.

– And the weekends?

When I can I go to the beach, usually in Levante, which are the closest to Madrid, and if not, I take the opportunity to go to the cinema, go out for tapas in the center of Madrid, or take a nearby excursion (Toledo, Alcalá de Henares , Segovia, Chinchón).

– What vision do you have of Extremadura from Madrid?

I think that, fortunately, the region is becoming more and better known, thanks, in part, to rural tourism that has become so fashionable, and also to the efforts of Extremaduran institutions to make known the benefits of the land: gastronomy, climate, culture, etc.

Of course, every time I can, I talk about it and I highly recommend that you go and see it and enjoy it. There are few places as beautiful in Spain as Cáceres or Mérida, for example, products as delicious as ham, Casar cheese or La Vera paprika, or shows as impressive as a performance at the Roman Theater in Mérida.


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