New proposal sees tax rise for small business

Proposals considered by the Lithuanian Parliament would raise social insurance contributions that small businesses have to pay into the system and expand benefits for parents.

The parliamentary Social Affairs Committee has endorsed a proposal to raise benefits for parents with children. A stay-at-home parent would be paid 100% of his or her former salary during the first year after a child’s birth and 85% during the second year.

To implement the proposal, the government would need to find additional €140 million.

A new bill on social insurance sees expanding the base of payers contributing to the system, including owners of small firms and small farmers who are currently exempt.

The parliamentary committee has also rejected the proposal to introduce a cap on social insurance contributions.

The bills will have to be voted on by the Seimas.

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