Following the launch of the Do not Destroy Freelancers (Ne uništavajte frilensere) initiative, the Association for the Protection of Constitutionality and Legality (UZUZ) has said that the announcement of the Ministry of Finance that the proposals, regarding the payment of income tax, put together by the freelance community in Serbia, will be discussed next year.
The UZUZ has also said announced that the existing problem with payment of taxes will affect a large number of families and that the Tax Administration’s resolve to collect tax arrears from freelancers would undoubtedly jeopardize the existence of many.
“It is obvious that the Tax Administration does not have the capacity to collect all taxes that have not been collected in the last 5 years. It is clear that the collection would only affect some parts of the freelance community which would result in an unequal application of the law,” the Association says.
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They add that it is indisputable that the law should be applied, but since it hasn’t been applied in the last 5 years, that’s not the freelancers’ fault but rather the authorities’ fault.
“Reaching an adequate solution through negotiation is the only way to solve this problem. At the same time, we believe that there is a great chance that with proper tax treatment, Serbia will become a country that recognizes the potential of online business, which could become a significant opportunity for development,” said the UZUZ.
The Association urges people to continue signing the petition “Ne uništavajte frilensere” in order to obtain the 30,000 signatures needed to propose a new law through a citizens’ initiative.
“The UZUZ, together with the Association of Freelancers and Entrepreneurs and the Kreni-Promeni team, will propose several tax solutions that should be accompanied by amendments to the relevant law”, says the press release.
(Nova Ekonomija, 06.12.2020)
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