Unregistered work, tax evasion and illegal sale of goods are the first things one thinks of when shadow economy is mentioned. While two thirds of Serbian citizens think that there is no valid reason for either of these three to exist in a society, some think that they do exist because that’s the only way people can survive.
These are just some of the results of a survey conducted by the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED).
The survey has also shown that 27% of working citizens receive a part of their salaries in cash. At the same time, only one third of those surveyed would report their employers if they refused to register workers. The main reason why such employers are not reported is fear of job loss.
“The civil support for combating shadow economy remains strong and it is currently at 90%. Every other citizen believes that declaring 2017 and 2018 as the years for fighting shadow economy would help with eradicating it. However, on the other hand, only 22% of citizens are willing to report a shop or a bar that fails to issue a receipt and 33% of those surveyed would not report employers keep their workers unregistered”, says Vladimir Tipsarevic from NALED.
Almost 2/3 of the survey participants claim that they don’t shop at improvised outlets. One third of those surveyed who do shop at such places say they do so because of low prices. 51% of those surveyed believe that the shadow economy’s share in overall economy has decreased in the last year, while 27% believe that it has grown.
(Vecernje Novosti, 16.11.2017)
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