Czech minister wants to cancel tax relief for trade unionists -TV


15.06.2014 20:43

Prague - Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) has proposed that the tax relief for contributions to trade unions be abolished, public Czech Television (CT) reported today.


Ministr financí a šéf hnutí ANO Andrej Babiš. ČTK Šulová Kateřina, ČTK

The measure would apply to some 570,000 people and it would bring about 60 million crowns to the state.

However, Babis´s proposal is not supported by other coalition parties, Social Democrats (CSSD) and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).

Babis wants to abolish the possibility to deduct the members´ annual contribution to trade unions, about 3000 crowns on average, from their tax base.

"The Finance Ministry is striving for the abolition of various exceptions because they burden the administration," Babis told CT.

The right-wing opposition supports Babis´s proposal, CT said.

Former finance minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) proposed the same measure years ago.

"A tax relief for someone always means a higher tax burden for someone else," he told CT.

However, the other government parties´ representatives are critical of Babis´s proposal.

Chamber of Deputies social committee chairman and former trade union boss Jaroslav Zavadil (unaffiliated for CSSD) said such a sum is not worth making so many people angry.

KDU-CSL chairman Pavel Belobradek said the abolition of this tax relief would solve nothing. The collection of taxes must increase in general, he added.

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