Posts tagged ‘tax’

24 October 2010

Paid His Fine with Pennies, in Protest

It took the tax clerk a full day’s work to count just a bit less that three quarters of one man’s fine money. When the working day was over, Mr. Miroiu was asked to come again the next day, so they could finish the count.

Our hero is a 33 years old man from Constanţa, Romania, who decided that he was going to give authorities a real run for the money that he had to pay for a fine. Silviu Miroiu considered himself innocent of the traffic offence he was charged with, so he challenged everything, from procedure and technicalities to the actual matter of the offence. Eventually, he lost.

And when faced with bailiffs coming to his door, he eventually decided that he would pay the amount. 1000 Romanian Lei, approximately 300 US Dollars, that he exchanged into 20.000 pennies of 5 Bani (subdivision of the Romanian Leu) each. With the amount, he went up to the counter. And you know what happened next.

This is a very popular form of protest in Romania, especially among young people who are charged fines and supplementary taxes. Other similar protests have been previously reported in the past 10 years.

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20 October 2010

IFM Delegation in Romania Negotiates Tax Cuts

This is what Romanian negotiatiors expect to convince the IMF representatives to agree to: lowering the income taxes paid by employees from 16 percent to only 12. Also, Romanians want to persuade the IMF to allow the taxes per employee paid by the employer to be reduced from 44 percent to just 41.

The decrease in taxes is likely to deprive the nation’s budget of 2.2 billion Euros. This makes it unlikely for Romania to stay within the deficit target, of 4.8 percent, as agreed previously by the IMF. Romania has borrowed 20 billion Euros from the IMF since the beginning of the crisis, bringing Romania’s foreign debt up to over 80 billion.

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14 October 2010

Romania, Paralyzed by Public Sector Wildcat Strikes

The public sector in Romania is about to grind to a complete halt, with more and more public workers joining the wildcat strikes irrupted Wednesday evening in the Ministry of Finance. Labour inspectors, public pension administrators and other public sector unionists have announced their support for the protesting tax inspectors. Cartel Alfa, one of the largest union conglomerates in Romania, has called upon all public workers to stop working.

Tax inspectors went on a wildcat strike on Wednesday afternoon, angry at the fact that they will no longer receive the bonuses that make up for over three quarters of their pay. Protesters have baricaded themselves inside the Finance Ministry, while the Finance Secretary fled the headquarters.

The prime minister, Emil Boc, has announced that he is prepare to enforce the law in its “full extent”, in order to tackle with the protests. Thousands of workers across the country are now on strike, and many more are expected to join.

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13 October 2010

Riots in Romania: Tax Inspectors Revolt, Finance Secretary Flees

The Finance Secretary in Romania has fled the Ministry headquarters, according to Realitatea TV, at the pressure of hundreds of angry tax inspectors who invaded the ministry, in a wildcat strike protest. He is reported to have sought refuge in the Government building, after having baricaded himself in his office.

Several tax and revenue services in Romania have been paralyzed on Wednesday afternoon by spontaneous wildcat strikes and riots. The tax inspectors are angered that the government has canceled their bonuses, after having already cut their pay by a quarter, at the request of the IMF.

Thousands of protesters have occupied the hallways of the tax services and have boo-ed all officials who tried to approach them. The angry tax inspector crowds are refusing any negotiation and demand that their bonuses be reinstated. Similar wildcat actions have also been reported at numerous state pension administrations throughout the country.

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