‘Increase Tax-Exempt Income’ party fails to launch

Naglis Puteikis
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

The party held its founding assembly in January and presented a list of 2,385 founding members. The law requires that a political party have at least 2,000 founding members.

However, after inspecting the list the Ministry said that not all entries in the list withstood scrutiny, with some signatories giving inaccurate names, personal codes and party affiliations.

After crossing out all bad entries, the party’s founding documents contained only 1,888 proper signatures, below the required minimum, the Justice Ministry said.

Moreover, the party’s organizational structure is unclear and some of the provisions in its by-laws are contradictory, according to the ministry.

The Ministry of Justice has also asked for expert opinion on whether the party’s name, Increase Tax-Exempt Income, is not misleading.

“The party is basically a provocation for the Social Democrats and the Conservatives. We might not win the elections, but it would still be some kind of positive provocation to force parties to raise the current non-taxable income rate,” one of the party’s founders, Naglis Puteikis, MP and a former conservative, said in January.

“All the economists agree that the non-taxable income rate, not the minimum monthly wage, should be increased in Lithuania. Increasing the minimum monthly wage kills off small and medium businesses in the districts, as the employer needs to find additional funds from somewhere. After all, by increasing the minimum monthly wage, other costs increase as well for the employer,” according to Puteikis.

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