SMEs employers against 2pc solidarity tax, say all companies will automatically be shifted to the highest risk group. Reactions

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The National Council for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Romania (CNIPMMR) disagrees with the intention announced by the Government to introduce a 2% solidarity tax from the wage fund paid by the employer, in the context of the transfer of contributions from the employer to the employee.

In the Council’s view, the introduction of a 2% solidarity tax paid by the employer has the following effects: “All employers are automatically placed in the highest risk class in terms of the risk of accidents at work and occupational diseases according to the solidarity tax of 2% taking into account the highest percentage of accidents at work and occupational diseases.”

“Contributions currently paid have a precise destination, i.e. the guarantee of wage payment, leaves and sickness insurance benefits and insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases, instead the 2% tax will have no destination, being allocated to the state budget, certainly for the payment of social expenses,” the CNIPMMR informs.

“CNIPMMR disagrees with the introduction of a 2% solidarity tax paid by the employer because: 1. the total value of this contribution – is still paid and the destination of the amounts is clearly known; 2. the solidarity tax has no clear destination; 3. Costs will be incurred in acquiring new accounting software; 4. there will be a disruption of the business environment, especially of SMEs, regarding the predictability of tax burdens,” says CNIPMMR President Florin Jianu.

Specialists say recent decisions will be devastating for the economy

Financial specialists claim the most recent government decisions will have devastating effects on the economy, mainly on the private environment, as the Government aims only to collect more money to cope with the electoral promises.

Florin Citu, economist and PNL Vice-president says the recent statements reveal the fact that Finance Ministry Ionut Misa does not know how the wages are paid. “Minister Misa’s incompetence becomes devastating for the economy,” Citu said.

Claudiu Nasui, financial specialist and USD deputy says “Minister Misa will be remembered by history as the most destructive finance minister Romania ever had. (…) he told us about the solidarity tax of 2%. We do not know wherefrom, out of what. We just know it will be a solidarity tax,” Nasui wrote on Facebook.

Ionel Danca, financial specialist and adviser to former PM Dacian Ciolos has reviewed the latest decisions of the Government and their impact on the society: “The solidarity tax, from talks to reality.(…) Lately taxes, excise duties, prices, inflation, ROBOR index, bank instalments, public deficits, budget deficits have all grown.”

 

Finance Minister Ionut Misa announced Wednesday night, during a TV show at private broadcaster Antena3 TV that the companies will have to pay a new tax, 2% of the wage fund, as of 2018.

The minister also said that the transfer of social security and health security contributions from the employer to the employee will be enforced as of January 1, 2018.

“Another tax will be enforced, maybe we will name it solidarity tax, or something like that, we haven’t decided yet, of 2% of the wage fund to be paid by the employer,” Misa said.

 

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