“We Can!” for Control of Payment of Job Preservation Subsidies

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ZAGREB, April 15, 2020 – The political platform “We Can!” said on Wednesday that the Tax Administration should be tasked with controlling how state grants for keeping jobs during the corona crisis are used by employers who are entitled to that measure.

This non-parliamentary political group thus responded to statements made by the Tax Administration head, Božidar Kutleša, that dealing with possible misuse of the funding granted under the government’s job preservation scheme to employers for furloughed employees was not within the remit of the tax authority.

This political group says in a press release that it is unacceptable that public funds could be spent without control, and expresses fear that this would make it possible for employers who behave irresponsibly towards their workers to take advantage of this scheme.

Therefore “We Can!” demands that during the financial intervention in the economy the government should impose two criteria for the implementation of the grants: employers who use the funds should be expected to keep the workers on their payrolls and ensure salaries for a decent life, and they should not be allowed to make profit off those grants.

The political group also proposes that the non-payment of taxes and contributions could be implemented more flexibly which means that some of the companies that already feel the consequences of the corona crisis can be freed from the payment in the current three-month period, while those that will feel the consequences later should be allowed to be exempted from the payment any time this year.

More coronavirus news can be found in the Lifestyle section.


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