A new initiative was announced during the meeting of the Council of the Republic.
A new system concerning freelance services can be introduced in Belarus. According to Mikhail Myasnikovich, it will encourage entrepreneurship. There is no such a term as “self-employment” in the legal system of Belarus. Thus, for instance, artisans, people working in agro tourism will acquire a new legal status without registering a sole proprietorship.
The Council of the Republic offered a new approach to creative businesses. The suggestion was to introduce a patent for self-employment. Artisans, farm owners, freelancers, tutors and nannies can acquire this patent.
Mikhail Myasnikovich, speaker of the Council of the Republic of Belarus:
We need to review the existing procedure, to liberalize it, and introduce permit for self-employment, most importantly to introduce a patent for self-employment and to determine a legal status of a self-employed person. The cost of this patent could amount to a single tax (fixed tax on some activities).
A teacher who is working as a tutor from time to time couldn’t be called an entrepreneur. A patent is a kind of an author’s right that protects a person’s job.
Vadim Borovik, political scientist:
The whole layer of the population that earn on the side is in the shadow, and it is bad for the economy. Firstly, the competition is not fair. Secondly, there is insecurity. People who provide services can’t sue if the other person declines the services. Moreover, we will give impetus to the economic activity of people who can work but didn’t want to because of the bureaucratic red tape.
People will be able to buy the patent once a year or once in five years and forget about taxes and other paperwork.