Freelancers made demands to the government: The situation is catastrophic

Freelancers made demands to the government: The situation is catastrophic

Today, the Association of Workers on the Internet presented its demands to the Government of Serbia regarding the taxes imposed on them by the state.

They do not accept the current solution, which will be valid from January 1

Today, the representative of the Association of Internet Workers, Miran Pogačar, submitted a proposal for a solution to the Government of Serbia, which requires freelancers to continue working according to the current taxation system, which was adopted this year.

“From January 1, if the decision of the Government remains in force, most people will not be able to continue working. That solution implies that only 18,300 dinars is the non-taxable amount of salaries, which would mean that most workers on the Internet would have to set aside over 50 percent of the income they earn today for contributions and taxes, and that is an absolute disaster, “Pogacar pointed out.

As he stated, the first and basic request is that, above all, the current tax burden, from this year, continue for the next two. “This means that no tax is paid on the amount of salary below 530 euros, which for most people is a compromise that would be applied, so that we do not end up in a situation where we ask for an extension of negotiations,” Pogacar emphasized.


Belgrade, November 10, 2021 – President of the Association of Internet Workers Miran Pogacar speaks at a press conference today in front of the Government of Serbia. (BETAPHOTO / AMIR HAMZAGIC / DS)

He added that the formed Working Group, which includes the Ministry of Finance, and which should find a legal solution for the period after January 1, 2022, has met only once a month ago.

“The next meeting has not been scheduled yet. We believe that without the meeting of the Working Group and the opportunity to participate in finding a fair solution, we will not get anywhere. “If the solution planned from January 1 remained, many would be forced to avoid paying taxes, they would open accounts abroad, and that does not benefit anyone,” Pogacar told the gathered journalists.

He emphasized that taxes and burdens must be in line with obligations and that someone can be required to pay full contributions and double tax in relation to earnings, without having any rights and not being able to exercise them.

The Association of Online Workers reached a current agreement with the Government in April this year, according to which those who earned up to 768,000 dinars annually by the end of 2021 have no tax liability, while those who earned up to 1,000 euros have an average liability of 13 percent, and those who earned up to 2,000 euros 20 percent, and with that agreement, the original claims were reduced from 65 percent to 100 percent.

Thousands of young freelancers are out of work

Pogačar also mentioned that thousands of young people who work over the Internet and teach students from China will be fired, emphasizing that they are the largest “company in Serbia”.

“It includes over 10,000 people who will lose their jobs by the end of the year, because the Chinese government has passed a decree that foreigners will no longer be able to surrender. “As an association of workers on the Internet, we will first of all try to help these people by offering different types of courses, to try to retrain,” he explained.

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