Labor Minister suggested an alternative to the “tax for parasites”


In Russia it is not yet time for the introduction of the tax on spongers, said the Minister of labour and social protection of Russia Maxim Topilin. “Such a tax isn’t it. It is not needed. When talking about the tax on parasitism, I think there’s a misunderstanding of what is happening there. All those legally employed, they are interested in that budget, collected taxes, were the contents of those that are working illegally or not at all working. It’s not fair”, — said the head of the Department (quoted by “Interfax”).

In this regard, it is suggested to take actions that will allow this injustice to exclude, not taking the law on parasitism. According to him, the possible adoption of a system which will redistribute the funds allocated for unemployment benefits: people with a good work history should get more than those who work illegally or does not work. “Such a system may be adopted not earlier than in 2018,” — said Topilin.

12 may the Deputy head of Ministry Andrey Pudov said that the Ministry has raised the issue of the possible introduction of similar to that existing in Belarus tax for able-bodied, but officially anywhere not working citizens. “They [Belarusian authorities] introduced the so-called tax on those individuals who are of working age, but do not pay premiums are not employed in the labour market. They are such a serious step,” said Pounds.

However, he noted that such a measure is being discussed, without specifying exactly where. The representative of the Ministry of labor explained that the discussion is conducted at the expert level in the context of a study such experience in Belarus. At the same time, he said, no regulations on this issue are not developed.

In the Kremlin the same day commented on the word pounds. “It is a question, the prerogative of the government. Any position developed or unified, to this point. Any decision in this regard was not taken”, — said the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

On 27 may, the Ministry of labour has published a bill that increases the size of unemployment benefits, however, reduces the number of citizens who are unable to claim him. The document also proposed to shorten the payout in two times. The initiative implies, in particular, struggle with “dependency mindset of citizens.”

In April 2015, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree “On prevention of social dependency.” According to the document “parasites” should annually pay into the Treasury a fee in the amount of 20 basic units — about $212 in 2016.