A Public Forum About Taxes
Center for Civil Society Promotion (CCSP) and the US Alumni Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina are organizing the first in a series of innovative public forums in the framework of key socio-economic issues that are of interest for all BiH society sectors. The title of the forum will be “Taxes: Income or Deduction?“.
The first public forum, which will be held on June 20th, 2017 in the premises of the ASA Group (Bulevar Meše Selimovića 16, Sarajevo) at 10 AM, will consider the potential consequences of the new FBiH Income Tax Act, and the FBiH Social Contributions on Salaries Act. In the alloted three hours, the participants will try to answer the following questions:
- Will the tax reform, by expanding the tax base and introducing a progressive tax rate and taxation of individuals in FBiH, encourage development or increase the gap between the poor and the rich?
- Whether the additional taxation will free the cost of high contributions and to what purpose will the collected funds be used?
- Is the new tax framework encouraging or discouraging the work and income application?
- Will the new tax regime support further growth of the shadow economy?
The event will gather the representatives of relevant state institutions, civil society organizations, the international community, and the donors/investors to one place. The panelists are as follows:
- Ljubiša Đapan, director of the Federal Institute for Development Programming
- Izudin Kešetović, Professor of Economics, University of Tuzla
- Vjekoslav Domljan, president of the Economic Council of the Government of FBiH
- Aida Soko, adviser to the Federal Prime-minister Fadil Novalić
- Adnan Smailbegović, chairman of the Board of Directors of the FBiH Employers’ Association
- Muhamed Pilav, director of the MS&WOOD Company
- Suad Ećo, owner and the director of the Ećo Company
- Žana Alpeza, president of the Association “Right Way”
- Muamer Mahmutović, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Canton Sarajevo
The participants’ conclusions and recommendations will be sent to the competent authorities of the Government of FBiH as a qualitative contribution to the consultation process in the adoption of these important legislative regulations.
The first in the series of public debates was supported by USAID, financial support through the Civil Society Sustainability Project (CSSP), as well as the ASA Group ceding the space for holding this event.