Creator: Charalampos Teopemptu
Throughout the pandemic, I contacted a bunch of artists attempting to safe some cash for all of the artists they weren’t allowed to work with on the time.
Focusing solely on artists who make a residing solely from their artwork, I discovered from this expertise that the state doesn’t know who they’re.
In distinction to what’s occurring in Central Europe, I’ve discovered that there aren’t any provisions on taxes or social safety contributions relying on their work fashion and type of revenue.
Contemplate a hypothetical case of a self-employed theater actor. A typical scenario could be, for instance, to search out work within the theater for a number of months and stay unemployed the remainder of the time.
Or perhaps a self-employed artist who will spend a 12 months or extra engaged on their subsequent exhibition. Two years later, she is prepared, the exhibition is profitable, and he or she earns 25,000 euros from the sale of her works.
For self-employed artists, the small sum of money they make ought to final lengthy sufficient till they create the following quantity of labor to promote.
What does the state count on from these artists?
To start with, everybody who earns greater than € 19,000 a 12 months should pay taxes. So, the artist featured above, though she wants cash for years till the following exhibition, she has to pay tax on an extra 6,000 euros for the 12 months she earned 25,000 euros.
As well as, each the actor and the artist should pay their social safety contributions each three months, beginning with the cash they should survive till the following time they’ve revenue.
To resolve these issues, we have to:
- Establish actual self-employed artists by means of a authorized screening course of.
- Ensure there’s a scheme in place that may present them with a good retirement.
- Change the revenue tax regulation to match their earnings construction.
To determine true artists residing off their work, we have to have an company, committee or NGO for every artwork type, comparable to theater, music, dance, audiovisual arts, and so forth., that may set up standards to hitch and put together a roster.
Register self-employed members who will likely be eligible for presidency assist for social safety contributions or could have a separate retirement scheme like all authorities and parastatal organizations have for a few years.
Those that are conscious of the issues artists face will attest that the issue is critical.
Due to the protests organized through the isolation from the pandemic and the rallies that had been held after that, we made certain that the federal government is conscious of this.
To a latest query in parliamentary process, I acquired a response from the Minister of Labor and Social Safety that the federal government will make main adjustments to the social safety system by June 2023.
Charalampos Teopemptou – President of the Inexperienced Celebration of Cyprus – Civil Cooperation.