STTK urges the
well-to-do to bear their share of rising taxes
The government of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen is preparing measures to
balance the State budget. Expenditure is to be cut and taxes raised.
The original goal for the entire 4-year Parliamentary term was to save EUR
2.5 billion, but Raimo Sailas, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of
Finance, insists that savings must now be tripled to EUR 7.5 billion.
Leila Kostiainen, the Secretary General of the Finnish Confederation of
Professionals STTK, argues strenuously that the cuts must be made in a fair
manner and tax rises must be targeted even-handedly. She reminds us that in
the last two decades the income gap has risen significantly.
The government is believed to be planning increases in indirect taxation.
This will affect low-income groups above all, those that have already
suffered from the recent price hikes with increased levies on sugar and
tobacco, in addition to fuel excise duties.
"If VAT alone is to be raised then the growing burden will not be shared
equally. To make the package fair taxation of the well-off must also be
included in it", Kostiainen says. "In any case most of the taxes are
collected from middle-income people."