The Russian government does not rule out imposing a tax on working-age people who are not officially employed, Andrey Pudov, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection Minister, told journalist at Thursday’s press conference.
At that, the top official referred to a ‘similar mechanism’ used by Belarusian authorities:
“Our colleagues from Belarus have introduced a serious change. They have imposed a tax on workable individuals who are not officially employed. It is a very impotant step. But Russia is just considering such a measure,” he said.
Interestingly, on 2 April 2015, Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed Decree Nr 3 (‘On Prevention of Social Dependency’). The decree established the obligation of the citizens of Belarus, foreign citizens permanently residing in Belarus, stateless persons, who did not participate in the financing of public spending or participated in such financing less than 183 days (six months – ed.) in the past year, to pay a fee of 20 basic units.
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