Freelancers protest: "Tax haven turned into hell"
Organizers say with the new law that will come into effect on January 1, 2015, the poor will become even poorer and the protest is the only way the Government to hear freelancers’ opinion
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By symbolic throwing coins in the yard of the government building and by shouting slogans “No to state racket”, “Tax haven turned into hell,” “We will not pay” and “Reduce officials’ fees”, today in Skopje several thousand citizens expressed their outrage over the new Law for freelancers that will come into effect on January 1, 2015.
Organizers said that with such a law the poor would become even poorer and the protest was the only way the Government to hear their opinion.
Among those attending today’s protests were journalists, translators, actors, filmmakers, staff in the NGO sector, members of several unions, leftist movements.
The protest was also supported by the Student plenum where they say that the legislative amendments will be destructive for students who barely make ends meet with part-time engagements.
From 1 January 2015 citizens engaged in freelance contracts will pay 35 percent of the fee contributions and taxes instead of the current 10 percent. These 35 percent for health and pension insurance as well as personal income will be paid by those who get a fee from contract work or copyright agreement higher than the minimum salary of 9,590 denars.
This will not apply to MPs, councilors, officials and other public officials, but also to professional athletes, expert witnesses and trustees.