Over the past 11 years, the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED) has proposed 241 different measures to improve the business environment and reduce the shadow economy in Serbia.
Of these, 70 have been implemented, almost 30%, while another 27 have been prepared for this year. A further 48 measures, 20% of the total, have been partially implemented, as stated in the 12th edition of the Grey Book which contains proposals for the removal of administrative barriers to doing business in Serbia in 2020.
Last year, 17 measures were implemented, five more than the previous year, which “testifies to the accelerated pace of reforms,” the document states.
“Eight measures were fully implemented and nine in part, so it can be concluded that the institutions should invest more energy to implement complete solutions, instead of half solutions”, says the Gray Book.
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The most implemented measures (four) and partially implemented measures (five) come under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance.
NALED praised the work of the Tax Administration, which in the last year, digitized the procedure for calculating and issuing the tax bills for flat-rate taxpayers, automated the process of submitting tax returns for property, inheritance and gift tax, and authorized the electronic filing and payment of business tax.
This year, a solution to the problem of liabilities of healthcare institutions for purchased medication with progress nevertheless made with the introduction of direct payments by the Health Insurance Fund (RFZO) to medication wholesalers.
NALED’s top 10 measures are to reduce salary tax and contributions, improve and extend the taxation system, establish a public register of non-tax levies and systematically adjust taxes, extend the scope of the Law on Seasonal Workers, improve the farmers register and introduce an electronic incentive system.
Priorities include the establishment and operation of the Green Environmental Protection Fund, the amendment of the Foreign Exchange Act, the establishment of meta-registers and basic registers in the e-government system, the abolition of the requirement for proof of work-related transport costs and the levelling of prices of municipal services for different categories of users.
(Novi Magazin, 11.02.2020)
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