IS IT POSSIBLE TO CARRY OUT A BROAD TAX REFORM WITHOUT A BROAD SOCIAL CONSENSUS?

This time’s podcast focused on the question of tax policy in Slovenia and the question of how to design the system for the future. Taxes are definitely an area that affects everyone and leaves no one indifferent. With them, we finance schools, most of our state services, basic infrastructure (roads, railways, hospitals, schools, etc.), co-finance pensions, healthcare, long-term care, and much more. Taxes enable us all to ensure the quality of life and reduce inequalities in society and greater solidarity among residents.

During the conversation, the interlocutors also touched on issues such as:

· Do we really need tax reform?

· Is work relief realistically possible and what would this mean for other tax sources – capital, property, consumption?

· Why is the introduction of real estate tax almost a mission impossible?

· Would introducing the concept of net disposable income make social policy more fair/transparent?

· Do we really all pay according to our economic capabilities? The example of sole proprietors.

· Social cap – between myth and reality?

They did not even avoid the topic of financing the systems of a long-lived society and social insurance systems, which were established in completely different times. Thus, they pointed out that the biggest financing problems today are the detailed social insurance systems, which today represent the foundations of the welfare state established in the past in the European context. dr. Among other things, Kopač pointed out that we have already adopted a whole series of strategic documents in Slovenia, but it seems that nothing is happening, or that only individual, partial interventions in the system are taking place.

You can listen to the entire conversation at the links below: