At today’s sitting, the Riigikogu rejected the draft Resolution that aimed to make a proposal to the Government to introduce “the one per cent Act” that would have given every citizen the right to direct up to one per cent of their income subject to income tax to charity or to supporting the activities of non-governmental organisations.
The aim of the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a proposal to the Government of the Republic in connection with allowing taxpayers to direct their income tax partially to non-governmental organisations” (589 OE), submitted by the Estonian Free Party Faction, was to give more freedom to non-governmental organisations and to give citizens the possibility to participate in the making of the state budget. The explanatory memorandum pointed out that such a tax or method was in use in several European countries.
In his report, representative of the initiators of the draft Resolution Artur Talvik introduced the aim and content of the draft Resolution. He pointed out that “the one per cent Act” should have been regarded as a means to make people think of the non-governmental organisations that do important things in society, so that people would then direct that tax money to those non-governmental organisations.
Member of the Finance Committee Jürgen Ligi gave an overview of the discussions that had been held at the committee sitting, and referred to various positions. Among other things, Ligi also pointed out the position of a representative of the Government to the effect that the organisations of non-governmental organisations did not support that draft Resolution either.
During the debate, Andres Ammas from the Free Party Faction, Tarmo Kruusimäe from the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction and Oudekki Loone from the Centre Party Faction took the floor.
A majority vote of the members of the Riigikogu was needed for the draft Resolution to be passed. Ten members of the Riigikogu were in favour of the passage, 14 were against, and there were two abstentions. The draft Resolution was not supported and was dropped from the proceedings.
Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian) http://stenogrammid.riigikogu.ee/en/201804031000.
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu (NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)
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