The income of Uzbek migrants working abroad should be taxed for the benefit of the country. Such a proposal at a meeting with voters was put forward by the presidential candidate of Uzbekistan from the political party “Milliy Tiklanish” (“National Revival”) Alisher Kadyrov.
According to him, labor migrants must pay taxes, like all other citizens of the republic. The politician noted that tax payments play a huge role in the development of the economy. He also pointed to the positive contribution from remittances that workers send to their families in Uzbekistan.
“The money has been sent to the family, but there are no taxes. This money is not spent for the good of the country. Let’s be more patriotic. I suggest that migrants also pay taxes, ”Kadyrov said.
According to official data from the Uzbek side, at the end of 2020, there were about 1.6 million people working abroad. This is one fifth of the economically active population of the country. Of these, 1.1 million work in Russia, with which the republic has an agreement on the prohibition of double taxation.
According to the Central Bank of Uzbekistan, the volume of received cross-border remittances to the country in eight months increased by 35 percent compared to the corresponding period of 2020, amounting to $ 4.9 billion.
The next presidential elections in Uzbekistan in 2021, according to the plan, will be held on October 24. On October 14, early voting began at all polling stations located on the territory of the republic and abroad. The largest and most influential in the republic, the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, nominated the current president of the republic, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, as its candidate.