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With 47 votes in favour (30 against, 1 abstention) the Bill on Amendments to § 49 of the Income Tax Act (653 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction. Pursuant to the Bill, income tax incentives would have been established on presents and donations intended for modernisation of material and technical resources of vocational educational institutions. The Bill was withdrawn from legislative proceeding based on the argument that it is possible to make such donations within the framework of the existing regulation.

With 47 votes in favour (25 against) the Bill on Amendments to the Income Tax Act (662 SE), initiated by the Isamaaliit Faction. The Bill would have enabled employers to cover the costs of the employees’ further training, sports and health care without paying fringe benefits prices. The Bill was rejected because the taxation policy stipulated that an employee must have the possibility to make his/her own decisions on how much he/she spends on training courses and health care. Another reason highlighted was the subsequent reduction of the receipt of income and social taxes.

With 45 votes in favour (19 against, 1 abstention) the Bill on Amendments to the Income Tax Act (663 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction. Pursuant to the Bill, the employers would have to no longer pay income tax from the expenditure to the workers’ or employees’ health. The Bill was considered to cause too many problems related to the definition of planned advantages.

The verbatim record of the Riigikogu sitting (in Estonian) can be found at:

http://web.riigikogu.ee/ems/plsql/stenograms.form

The Riigikogu Press Service

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