Friedrich Ebert Foundation – Skopje Office and the Progress - Institute for Social Democracy on June 17, 2015 organized anexpert debate on "Fair Taxation - Alternatives and Proposals for Tax System Reforms.".
This expert debate was organized in response to the need to give a critical review of the tax system in the country and discuss possible alternative modalities that would contribute to fairer taxation in the country, especially considering the fact that Macedonia has the most unfair system of income distribution among countries of Southeast Europe. The flat taxation does nothing to remedy to the uneven income distribution in the country, quite the contrary – it favours the flow of income to the rich and abroad. Although the positive side of the flat tax is that due to its simplicity it succeeded to improve the tax collection in the country, the flat corporate tax and income tax, low property taxes and the constant postponement of the introduction of savings tax, made the taxing system entirely favourable to the richer. Therefore, the state budget is mostly filled from the value added tax, where the poorer pay a higher tax rate as a share of their income than the wealthier.
The following speakers made introductory speeches Achim Truger, professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, Berlin School of Economics and Law; Shenaj Hadzimustafa, professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, of Southeast European University, Tetovo; Vanco Uzunov, professor, Faculty of Law, Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje; Dragan Tevdovski, professor, Faculty of Economics, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. The speeches were followed by interesting comments and discussions of relevant representatives from the area of public finances, representatives from the academic community, civil society and the real sector.