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Home NATIONALNo alternative found to child benefit tax
Fri, 03 Oct, 2014 12:08:59 AM
FTimes Report, Oct. 3
The Government groups were the size of a child deduction options parliament in Helsinki on Thursday, 2 October 2014, the picture RKP's parliamentary group chairman Mikaela Nylander. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The planned cuts in child benefits and the tax deduction to compensate low- and middle-income families will go ahead as agreed earlier.
Representatives of the ruling four-party alliance on Wednesday were not able to find a common view on the alternative agreed earlier to compensate the planned child benefit cuts.
Peter Östman, chair of the Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit (Christian Democrats of Finland) parliamentary group, said different ideas came up, but, since they were different and had come from different quarters, the representatives agreed that a common will does not exist.
The tax deduction with an annual outlay of 70 million euros is aimed at compensating low- and middle-income families.
The deduction model has received criticism as a complicated and expensive way of offsetting the effects of child benefit cuts. The criticism has come not only from the opposition but from ruling parties as well.
The government during the fiscal framework talks in March agreed to cut the child benefits by 110 million euros.
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