Wednesday 10/28/20
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2021 is not a good time to raise taxes, Foreigner.fi readers say

Foreigner.fi will ask a different question about Finland and Finnish lifestyle every Friday on its official Twitter account @foreignerfi

The leaders of the parties that make up the government, and the Minister of Finance (R), during the presentation of the budget proposal for 2021. Photo: Lauri Heikkinen/Vnk.
The leaders of the parties that make up the government, and the Minister of Finance (R), presenting the budget proposal. Photo: Lauri Heikkinen/Vnk.

The Finnish government has approved its budget proposal for 2021, which forecast an increase in the public deficit and debt, despite including tax increases

The energy taxation reform will start to be implemented in 2021. The electricity tax paid by industry (tax category II) will be lowered to the EU minimum level to improve the operating conditions for industry.

In return, for citizens taxes on heating fuels and fuels used in non-road mobile machinery will be increased.

Taxes on alcohol and tobacco products will be raised "to promote public health,"

Therefore, Foreigner.fi asked the readers in a Twitter poll: “The Finnish government announced tax increases for 2021. Do you think this is a good time for that?”

In the poll, the respondents were given two options which were 'Yes’ and ' No'.

The mini poll was answered by 53 readers and 77.4% of the readers think 2021 is not a good time for tax increase. 22.6% said, ‘Yes’.

About the reader’s comments, one reader said, “It’s never a good time”.

Another reader said, “Higher the tax rate, The more stagnation of progress. I believe that I should pay my fair share along with everyone but we are getting to a situation where we start asking the government on what is fair....”

 Foreigner.fi is going to ask a different question about Finland every Friday on its official Twitter account @foreigner.fi

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