200,000 work­ers to re­ceive tax re­funds in com­ing days

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Al­bert Galea

Ev­ery worker will be re­ceiv­ing a tax re­fund cheque in the com­ing days, Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Ed­ward Sci­cluna an­nounced in a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Each per­son will re­ceive this cheque by post by the end of next week, Sci­cluna said.

Peo­ple with an in­come be­low €15,000 will re­ceive €68 while peo­ple with an in­come be­tween €15,000 and €60,000 will re­ceive be­tween €40 and €50. Peo­ple earn­ing over €60,000 will not ben­e­fit from the re­fund. This new sys­tem is the ful­fil­ment of an elec­toral prom­ise, Sci­cluna pointed out, and it will re­place the cur­rent tax re­fund sys­tem which was paid out ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­ple of equity.

Sci­cluna said that this sys­tem was not a fair one, and that if the de­sire was to spread more wealth, it had to be changed.

There­fore a cheque will be sent as a tax re­fund to all those who are work­ing in Malta and Gozo.

In­deed Sci­cluna said that around 200,000 work­ers will ben­e­fit from this mea­sure.

All work­ers re­ceiv­ing a salary less than €60,000 will re­ceive the re­bate, and the amount shall be scaled ac­cord­ing to each per­son’s in­come. In or­der to help those with lower in­come, those at the low end of the in­come scale will re­ceive the high­est re­fund.

The re­funds ap­ply also to those reg­is­tered work­ers who do not pay tax, and also who work on a part time ba­sis. In the lat­ter case, the amount will be scaled down to re­flect the lesser hours of work.

The mea­sure will cost €11.4 mil­lion in to­tal to ful­fil.

Tak­ing the high­est re­fund that one can re­ceive, Sci­cluna said that it meant a €1.23 in­crease per week. Tied with the €1.75 COLA in­crease, Sci­cluna said that this meant an in­crease of €3 euro per week in wealth for peo­ple.

If some­one does not re­ceive the cheque, they can call on 153 to re­port this.

Sci­cluna said that es­pe­cially for those who have re­cently started work­ing, there could be omis­sions from the data­base. All those who think they are el­i­gi­ble for the re­bate and do not re­ceive it are urged to call 153 to rec­tify any pos­si­ble mis­takes.

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