Prof. Dr. Tamara Milenković Kerković: Dveri seeks extension of tax relief and fair regulation of the position of “freelancers” in Serbia

The Serbian movement Dveri demands from the Government and the Ministry of Finance to extend the existing tax treatment of workers on the Internet – “freelancers” in the next year as well. So far, despite the promises of the authorities, there has been no adjustment of the laws that would regulate the legal position of “freelancers”. Among them are more than a hundred thousand people in Serbia, who have neither the status of employees, nor security or predictability of work. Since April, when the Government recognized the special tax status of “freelancers” until the end of this year and released some of them from already due obligations, neither the Government nor the ministries have done anything to fairly regulate their labor law and tax treatment.

As the agreement between the Government and the “freelancers” on their adjusted tax obligations expires on the last day of this year, those burdens will increase by more than ten times in the future. Instead of the standard costs of 50% and the non-taxable amount of 32 thousand dinars, as determined by the agreement of the freelancer with the Government, from the New Year it will become the most burdensome form of work, which most of these people will not be able to pay. The position of those tens of thousands of workers on the Internet who are losing their jobs is especially difficult due to the current ban by the Chinese authorities that foreigners can teach children either through platforms or live.

As before, Dveri supports the requests of freelancers for permanent regulation of their specific legal position. According to the number of “freelancers” per capita, Serbia is in the top of the world, ranked in the top ten countries, and thanks to the work of these people, Serbia has more than 150 million euros in foreign exchange inflows. Only one third of workers on the Internet have the status of entrepreneurs or established companies, while the largest number are in the field of so-called “hidden employment” and belong to the most vulnerable circle of precarious workers.

The collapse of economies around the world and the unprecedented scale of the economic crisis in pandemics and post-pandemics require solidarity and understanding and an urgent solution to the specific legal position of freelancers so that you, mostly young and educated people, can continue to live and spend in Serbia. Whole families often live from their work, in the country with the highest unemployment rate and young people going abroad.

In the socio-economic proclamation “For a state that cares about its citizens”, Dveri envisages measures that would enable young people, but also freelancers, to stay in their country. In addition to the abolition of the tax on minimum wages, through an increase in the non-taxable amount of wages, a reduction in taxes and contributions on wages, tax exemptions for all young entrepreneurs and the so-called graded social contributions for youth employment, Doors for freelancers seek special, preferential legal status. Freelancers are now “invisible” to the system and the application of existing regulations to them is deeply unfair.

Taxes must be paid, but taxes and contributions must be adequate to the rights that citizens exercise. Therefore, for the workers on the Internet, Dveri demands from the authorities at least a part of the subsidies, incentives and exemptions that foreign investors have in Serbia.

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