Freelancers and Serbia’s Government and Tax Administration representatives failed on Monday to reach an agreement over the authorities’ decision to tax the income from abroad which people working online earned in the last five years.
The head of Workers on Internet organization, Miran Pogacar, told reporters the freelancers were said the retroactive taxation should be divided by categories depending on whether they were teaching language, programming or dealing with graphic design and tax obligation would be calculated individually.
Pogacar added that Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Finance Minister Sinisa Mali pressured him during the meeting to say what was his job and who was behind him, but added he saw their will to resolve the issue.
In its statement, the Government said a series of meetings had been agreed for the next week.
It quoted Brnabic as saying her cabinet would work on a new law on taxation of “flexible jobs,” and called on freelancers to join a working group.
They said that if the satisfactory solution was not found, they were ready to radicalise their protest such as launching protests, blocking cities and institutions and shutting down their websites if the authorities did not negotiate the retroactive tax payment announced by the end of 2020.
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