Earlier, there were offers to introduce a tax of childlessness in Russia. Especially taken into account that in the distant past, the older generation of Russians had to pay a special fee in the form of a tax on single and childless residents in the USSR.
It has long been said that the Russian authorities would address the issue of catastrophic deficit of the federal budget triggered by the “coronavirus crisis” and satisfy the desire “to save the face” in front of the ordinary people by providing them with feasible financial support. However, it was hard to imagine that in pursuit of people’s money, the federal government might be interested in the idea that seems a complete nonsense. Namely, a small-family tax.
Meanwhile, this idea has been made public. The official branches of government are even actively responding to it, as if pointing at the fact that from now on, the talk about charging people who do not want to have children is likely to become reality. The idea itself belongs to Tatyana Butskaya, the head of the Council of Mothers all-Russia public organization. In her opinion, it is necessary to oblige the Russians of reproductive age who do not want to have children to pay the appropriate tax to the state. Surprisingly, Butskaya believes that the methods of this kind might be used to get the country out of the demographic crisis which, according to many experts, was caused by the authorities' irrepressible desire to come up with another way of taking people’s money.
However, earlier, there were offers to introduce a tax of this kind in Russia. It is worthwhile recalling in this sense that in the distant past, the older generation of Russians had a duty of the same kind in the form of the tax on single and childless residents in the USSR. Anyway, this initiative has never had such an animated reaction from representatives of different branches of the legislative power. For example, Tamara Pletneva, the head of the State Duma Committee on Family Affairs, Women, and Children, decided to support the idea. She said that those Russians, who did not have children for some private reason, and not on of medical grounds, should be subjected to this tax. Moreover, the Federation Council also drew attention to the initiative.
Practice suggests that if the Russian legislators are so excited to hear this or that proposal, chances are it will be implemented in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, the small-family tax recommendation has quite a large number of opponents, including Gennady Zyuganov, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF.) According to him, the Russians already pay too many taxes. It is noteworthy that Pletneva, who had previously supported this idea, is a member of the CPRF faction led by Zyuganov. However, it seems that, in terms of living standards, he is not going to support his fellow party members.
“Today, the authorities offer people who receive no support from them at all, to pay another tax,” Zyuganov said. “The Russians have been squeezed dry [by taxes] and are being taken to the cleaners. In addition, the authorities also put a trash can on their heads. After that, a major top-to-bottom renovation was put on their shoulders, although no one is going to do it. Even the cadastre value of land plots was inflated to huge figures. And then, here is another tax. I am totally against it.”