On Monday, 9 November, coalition partners reached an agreement that self-employed persons will pay taxes from actual income, not minimal wage, as reported by Latvia’s Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča.
She explained that as a result of this the idea on adoption of new functions of social services falls out. This means there is no reason to consider the necessity for the self-employed to pay social contributions. «This means the self-employed will not have to go to social service,» adds the minister.
Therefore, according to her, self-employed persons will be a case of exception.
In relation to this, the open letter sent by Social Workers Association to multiple officials invited them to not allow making social specialists into tax inspectors and requested dismissal of the welfare minister.
The Progressive party also joined in with the opinion of the Social Workers Association and requested Petraviča’s dismissal. The minister said, however, that this request is politically motivated because at the time there was no agreement on creation of new functions for social services.
Joining the opinion of the Social Workers Association, Latvian Orphan Courts Workers Association also requested dismissal of the welfare minister. Along with the social service proposal, the association also voiced dissatisfaction with the Orphan Courts reform.
As previously reported, Latvian government’s proposal for changes to the alternative tax regime for regulations had caused sharp criticisms from most of society. People were against minimal social contributions for the money people will not have earned and the need for an alternative tax regime for workers paid low wages.