Belarus will not tax unemployed individuals this year following widespread protests

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MINSK: Belarussian President confirmed that levies on individuals not in full-time employment will not be charged this year, after extensive public opposition to the tax resulted in the biggest protests the country has seen in recent years.

The legislation is known as the law against parasites and requires individuals who work less than 185 days each year to pay the Belarussian government US$250 as a form of compensation for lost taxes. Belarus has been a severe depression for the last few years as a result of the declining oil prices.