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Czechs will Spend 174 Days Working to Pay Taxes as this Year’s Tax Freedom Day Falls on 23 June

Prague, 1 February 2018 – With this year’s date the latest ever recorded, Tax Freedom Day is slipping further away from the start of the year. This year, tax payers in the Czech Republic will spend 174 days working to pay taxes, which is one more day than last year. According to Deloitte, Tax Freedom Day will fall on 23 June 2018. Approximately the same as in the Czech Republic will apply to the Netherlands, Germany and Slovenia. Tax payers will have to spend the most days paying taxes to the government in France and Luxembourg, while the fewest in Romania and Bulgaria.

“In 2018, no changes are made to any significant tax rates; however, the changes in the tax system are rather numerous. For example, the first child tax allowance has increased, lower flat expense charge-off rates have started to apply to entrepreneurs and the conditions for obtaining a tax bonus have been tightened,” explains David Marek, Deloitte’s Chief Economist. “The increase in the minimum salary has affected the amount of the ‘nursery fee’ and, as such, the effective taxation of individuals,” adds David Marek.

In addition to the above stated changes, this year’s tax collection will be also affected by the Local Sales/Purchases Report (‘kontrolní hlášení’) introduced earlier and the electronic sales records being gradually rolled out. “Although the rates are not rising, the more effective and efficient tax collection is increasing the total amount collected and, as a result, also the tax burden indicators, such as Tax Freedom Day,” says David Marek.

Taxes in Practice: Increased Administrative Work, Tighter Audits and Frequent Changes to Legislation

“In the long term, tax payers and remitters have been feeling the effects of the increase in tax-related administrative work. In a series of cases, tax authorities focus on the analytical review of the data provided. While previously they focused on individual items, lately they have been assessing the overall economic and tax situation of the tax payers based on a more detailed analysis of the data in the tax return and the report. This inevitably places greater demands in terms of the correct systems setup and the accuracy of the data provided,” notes Radka Mašková, a Director at Deloitte’s tax function.

“Although the Czech tax system is generally the same as in other EU countries, a certain level of tax uncertainty still persists among tax payers. This is due to frequent changes in tax legislation and new, at times unclear, interpretations of the existing tax legislation,” adds Radka Mašková.

Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day is a simple and easily comprehensible demonstration of the tax burden in the economy. The method used for calculating the date of Tax Freedom Day divides the year into two parts, in a ratio corresponding to the proportion of total amount of collected taxes to net national income.

The number of days for which tax payers in the selected countries of the EU need to work in order to pay taxes to the government and the date of Tax Freedom Day

Country Number of days Tax Freedom day
Romania 124 3 May
Bulgaria 126 6 May
Switzerland 127 7 May
Lithuania 133 11 May
Cyprus 143 22 May
Latvia 144 22 May
Ireland 144 23 May
Poland 149 27 May
Malta 149 27 May
United Kingdom 151 29 May
Slovakia 151 30 May
Spain 152 30 May
Estonia 153 1 June
Norway 159 7 June
Portugal 168 16 June
Iceland 170 19 June
Netherlands 172 19 June
Germany 174 22 June
Czech Republic 174 23 June
Slovenia 174 22 June
Hungary 182 1 July
Greece 187 5 July
Italy 189 6 July
Sweden 190 7 July
Finland 195 13 July
Austria 198 17 July
Denmark 200 17 July
Belgium 206 24 July
France 208 26 July
Luxembourg 271 28 September

Source: Deloitte, January 2018 calculation

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