Hungarians continue to protest against the adoption by parliament of a government law restricting the use of a favorable tax rate for small businesses.
Demonstrations in Budapest began on Tuesday after parliament passed a reform that protesters say will increase taxes for hundreds of thousands of small businesses. The French agency AFP noted that it was the first such serious social protests Hungary since the party’s next victory Fidesz in the parliamentary elections in early April.
At the weekend, the Hungarians continue their demonstrations. On Saturday, around 6,000 people protested in Budapest. As the British “The Guardian” describes, they marched through the streets of the capital, chanting, among other things, “Orban out”. – It’s crazy what the (rulers) did. This will not lead to an increase in the budget – said protesting Ilona Pusztai, a 37-year-old lawyer.
The protest was made by Peter Marki-Zay, who headed the united opposition in the April parliamentary elections, but lost to Viktor Orban. Among other things, he judged that Orban’s election promises “turned out to be a lie”.
The Guardian also quoted Viktor Orban, who said in a regular Friday radio speech that the changes to the tax law were “good and needed”.
“Orban is facing the toughest challenge since taking power in 2010, after the great political and economic crisis, the highest in two decades. inflationrecord low forint exchange rate and suspended EU funds in the face of a dispute over democratic standards, comments Reuters.
Controversial law by the government of Viktor Orban
On Monday, Orban’s government submitted amendments to the parliament, radically tightening the conditions for small businesses to use the simplified tax system. According to the government, the existing regulations have been abused by many companies. After Tuesday’s adoption of the amendments from September 1, tax for small businesses will not be able to be paid by, among others, freelancers, such as graphic designers, musicians or filmmakers, as well as therapists, as well as people making extra work.
According to the Telex portal, according to the new regulations, at least 300,000 out of 400,000 people currently paying tax for small businesses will have to choose a different, less favorable taxation method, which will reduce their income or they will have to give up their activity.
The head of the Prime Minister’s office, Gergely Gulyas, said at the conference on Wednesday that the tax burden for some people who have so far paid the kata tax will be higher, but still lower than the taxes paid, for example, by teachers or nurses.
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The Guardian, PAP, Reuters
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