The Ministry of Finance is set to launch a receipt lottery in October, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Tuesday. The lottery, which aims to encourage consumer assistance in fighting tax evasion, was originally to be launched in mid-September, but preparations took longer than expected. The lottery is set to distribute up to 65 million crowns a year in winnings.
Finance Minister Ivan Pilný from the ANO party has increased the revenues
chapter in the 2018 draft budget by 21 billion crowns.
The minister confirmed this in a debate on Czech Television on Sunday, saying the ministry had upgraded its growth estimate for 2018 from 2.9 to 3.1 percent.
However the additional finances would still not cover the proposed wage hike for public sector employees. According to Pilny the budget would still be short of approximately 8 billion crowns.
The finance minister dismissed the prime minister’s proposal that this money could come from finances saved by individual ministries as unrealistic, saying ministry officials had made it clear they would spend their entire budgets.
The coalition parties are to meet on Monday to debate the proposed wage hikes.
Finance Minister Ivan Pilný from the ANO party maintains that there is no
money left in next year’s draft budget for wage hikes for public sector
The minister says that the proposed 15 percent wage hike for teachers and 10 percent increase for other public sector employees would require an additional 33 billion crowns and would increase next year’s budget deficit to close to 100 billion crowns.
The minister also dismissed the prime minister’s proposal that the money could come from the finances saved by individual ministries, saying the idea is unrealistic and the money is simply not there.
The coalition parties are to meet on Monday to debate the issue.
Labour market experts are expecting a further drop in unemployment, with
the figure likely to dip under 4 percent in September, the ctk news agency
The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in July, and 4.0 in August. The lack of workers on the market is also expected to push up salaries.
The expectations are that unemployment will reach 3.7 percent in November before seeing a slight growth due to the end of seasonal work.
Around one third of Czechs have overdrawn their bank accounts over the past
year, according to a survey carried out by CSOB bank. Roughly a half of
households had problems with unexpected expenditures that exceeded 10,000
crowns, the survey suggests.
According to CSOB’s Petr Hutla, most families’ financial reserves would only last for three months in case they lost their main source of income. One quarter of Czech households would survive for less than a month on their savings.
Financial Administration officials have carried out over 55,000 checks
since the introduction of electronic cash registers, a measure introduced
by former Finance Minister Andrej Babiš to counter the grey economy and
The authorities have issued nearly 1,700 fines to the tune of 15 million crowns. Eight businesses were forced to close down for failing to follow the rules. The first phase of the four-stage measure was introduced in December 2016.
Wholesale prices paid by chain supermarkets for by Czech bakery rolls have long been too low, the chairman of the Association of Bakers and Pastry Chefs Jaromír Dřízal has said. According to Czech Radio, some bakeries sell a single roll for 70 hellers wholesale; according to the head of the association, the price should be 20 hellers more, or just ten short of one Czech crown.