Cuba details taxes for the self-employed
The Cuban government has outlined the taxes that will have to be paid by
the country's growing number of self-employed workers.
It is the latest stage of President Raul Castro's reforms to move Cuba
away from a solely state-run economy.
Self-employed workers will have to pay 10% income tax, while those who
take on staff will pay more.
It comes after the government announced last month that it was laying
off half a million state workers.
Cuba's new tax code is detailed in the latest edition of the country's
Communist Party newspaper - Granma.
The article includes an explanation that no government can provide
services without gaining tax revenues.
In addition to the 10% income tax, workers will pay another 25% into a
social security account from which they will in time draw a pension.
The coverage in Granma adds that successful businesses will see their
tax burden rise as they take on more staff.
The government is reducing the once all-encompasing role of the state in
the hope that it will boost a stagnant economy.
However, people setting up their own firms will be limited to just 178
professions, including car maintenance and rabbit farming.