So far, more than 18,000 citizens have signed a petition calling on the Minister of Finance, Siniša Mali, to reduce the taxation of self-employed professionals, which the state recently announced.
The petition was promoted by the Kreni – Promeni association and by the Association for the Protection of Constitutionality and Legality, which also announced the formation of a team of experts which will include “legal, fiscal and economic experts, but also representatives of the freelance community “.
“We will also organize public online debates and it is very important to us that the final proposal is supported by the people this idea relates to. For now, it is quite certain that we will ask for legal status as freelancers and then a tax model that will enable and stimulate the work that freelancers do. We are not against paying taxes, but the tax rate must be realistic. It is very important to recognize the uniqueness of the freelance community and to understand that freelancers can leave Serbia easily and take their work and earnings with them,” reads the announcement of the Association for the Protection of Constitutionality and Legality.
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As stated in the call for signing the online petition, many countries have incentives and subsidies for freelances with the view of contributing to innovation, but not Serbia.
“In Serbia, the relationship between state and freelancers boils down to taking money, hindering their work and putting obstacles in front of IT agencies and freelancers, while subsidies and money from Serbian taxpayers are given to foreign companies. The freelance sector is an opportunity for independent and free people to create added value that will help the country’s economic recovery, and create a country where citizens who are not a burden but the driving force behind the society, ” the petition’s signatories said.
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