Tax on “social parasites” to be imposed in Belarus
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Unemployed Belarusians will have to pay $250 a year or face administrative sanctions.

A draft decree on promoting employment proposes to impose a one-time duty on able-bodied people who do not take part in the financing of public expenditures, BelTA reports.

The document was discussed at a meeting with Lukashenka on January 13. “The president gave instructions to improve the draft decree. The head of state wants the document to be exhaustive and comprehensive without any reference rules,” head of Lukashenka's Administration Valery Mitskevich told journalists.

The draft document suggests imposing an annual tax of 20 base amounts on employable citizens who have not paid taxes and thus have not taken part in the financing of public spending for more than six months. Tax evasion or failure to pay the tax on time or in full is punished with administrative sanctions. Certain categories of people, for example people with disabilities or people raising children, will be exempt from the tax.

The tax does not legalise, for example, illegal business activity, when a person works but does not pay taxes. Such persons will be punished in accordance with the law.

Lukashenka also proposed to raise minimum work record for getting pensions to 20 years.

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How does one pay this tax if one has no income from gainful employment? ???

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(2015 Jan 15 21:28)Aemma Wrote:  How does one pay this tax if one has no income from gainful employment? ???

This is the most reasonable question to ask. dunno But in the Republic of B. many things work differently.

Probably the logic is this: he doesn't die of hunger, does he? Thus he lives on something. Therefore it is possible to squeeze some money out of him.

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Aren't there any taxes on unemployment benefits in Belarus today?
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(2015 Jan 15 23:11)Kristel Wrote:  Aren't there any taxes on unemployment benefits in Belarus today?

Unemployment benefits are not taxed, as far as I know, but there isn't much to tax anyway: I read about the sum a day or two ago, it was some 300.000 Br. That equals $20 after the recent inflation. Per month.

Disciplined workforce, limited social guarantees... What else one needs for a ‘dictatorship of development’?.. Right, a dictator who would believe in capitalism. Without him we are missing the great chance. sad

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Quote:Commentary to Ordinance No. 3 of 2 April 2015

2 April 2015

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed Ordinance No. 3 “On preventing freeloading practices” on 2 April 2015.

This legal act aims to engage able-bodied persons in labor and to ensure that they take part in the financing of public spending.

The ordinance obliges citizens of the Republic of Belarus, foreign nationals permanently residing in the country and stateless persons who did not participate in the financing of public spending or took part in this financing during a period of less than 183 calendar days in the expired year to pay a fee in the size of 20 basic amounts.

Persons engaged in labor or other activities specified in the ordinance (entrepreneurship, handicraft, creative work, practice of law and notarial service, rural tourism services, employment under civil legal acts, full-time education, etc.) during a period of at least 183 calendar days take part in the financing of public spending and are exempt from the fee. <...>

The ordinance includes an exhaustive list of categories of people exempt from the fee. <...>

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Here in Britain, the poor are quite heavily taxed, for instance from sin taxes (alcohol, cigarettes) and VAT (consumption tax).

But the poor's incomes come mostly from the government anyway, so all it is is churning money around the system.

As for Belarus, surely the people who aren't working are getting their income from the government? It'd be simpler to just cut benefits.
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(2015 Apr 03 16:34)Godyfa Wrote:  As for Belarus, surely the people who aren't working are getting their income from the government?

Not exactly. As I wrote above, the sum of unemployment benefits is some $20 per month, that's not enough to live on, even in Belarus. Well, only if you live under a bridge and eat potatoes.

However the state has tried to keep the number of available low-paid jobs high.

Some people work unofficially somewhere, or go to Russia seasonally to earn money (widespread practice in villages). The Ordinance #3 may affect them (maybe it is even intentionally directed at them) and NEETs and basement dwellers (their mommies).

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Too close to April 1 to be taken seriously.


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Quote:Belarus president decree against freeloading in for amendments

06.12.2016 | 14:10

MINSK, 6 December (BelTA) – Belarus president decree No. 3 “On preventing social dependency” of 2 April 2015 will remain in effect but the detected drawbacks will be fixed. The relevant measures were discussed during the government conference held by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 6 December, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko remarked that Belarusians had dubbed the document as a decree against freeloaders. “There may be something to it. We are not going to argue with the people,” he said. “The decree was meant to eradicate a most important problem — social dependency. We expected to resolve the problem by encouraging employable citizens, who can and should work, to embrace a legal working career and honor their constitutional requirement to participate in the financing of state expenses.” . . .

The President underlined that he was most concerned not about the fact that the citizens the decree applies to get certain free services or preferences. “I am most of all concerned about the general public's attitude to loiterers. People, who can work, who have no disabilities, whose capabilities are not limited, should work, earn his or her living and provide for their families in addition to benefiting the country by paying taxes,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

The head of state suggested finding out what problems had been unearthed in the course of implementing the decree. . . . “I am told that notifications to pay the tax are often sent to the citizens, who are not supposed to pay it and should not have been requested to pay it by government agencies. Such people include university students, women on maternity leaves, and even active-service soldiers,” remarked the head of state.

“Some shortcomings are always bound to appear in this situation. It is most important for us to see these shortcomings and address them in time,” stressed the Belarusian leader. . . .

Deputy Prime Minister Natalya Kochanova said that the government had monitored the decree's implementation together with the Belarus President Administration. The results indicate that the decree was topical, necessary, and objective. The decree has a positive effect on employment figures and encourages able-bodied Belarusian to work legally.

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