If a citizen of Belarus does not pay taxes and has gone abroad for more than 30 days since March 1, 2022, the authorities have decided to charge him an increased communal tax.
Raised because in Belarus the state allegedly pays part of communal services for people (no one has ever shown exact calculations).
How much the utility company has grown
Myanchenko Svetlana (name changed) left Belarus at the end of 2020.
In December, a three-room apartment in Minsk cost her 73 rubles, and in the following months, the payment increased by 2.3 times, because she was recognized as a free-spirit in her homeland (confirmations of all calculations are available in the editorial office).
The resident of Mostov also left Belarus in 2019.
In 2022, communal services began to cost her twice as much — 161.97 rubles for a two-room apartment in March.
Vadim Mianchuk has been working and living outside Belarus for 20 years.
In January 2021, his two-room apartment in Minsk cost 40 rubles per month.
And already in January 2022 - 115 rubles.
The difference is almost threefold.
"I was going to come often on vacation - I've been living in Britain for 20 years," he says.
- But now it is dangerous, so it is difficult to go to Belarus.
The apartment was left by my mother.
Sometime in 2021, I was reclassified as a worm eater, because it never occurred to me to send documents from work in Great Britain.
Translate the entire multi-page contract, go to certify, etc.?
It will cost more than saving on utilities.
The apartment is empty while I am at a loss as to what to do with it."
There are also difficulties with paying for utility services with foreign cards.
"Another interesting thing about the payment of utility services is that foreign cards are not accepted - ARIP does not accept them according to some decision.
I think it will affect those who left and simply cannot return.
I pay through acquaintances," says Vadim.
If you take a closer look at the prices, you can see that the increase in price is due to the tariff for hot water and heat.
Before they are recognized as "worm eaters", they are considered at 20.6 rubles per gigacalorie, and after recognition, the tariff increases to 118.8 rubles per gigacalorie.
What can be done
In the resolution of the Council of Ministers on recognition of people as "freelancers", it is written that those who receive income from renting out residential and non-residential premises or car seats are not considered unemployed in the economy.
For this, you need to draw up an official lease agreement, and pay tax from the income.
If you are in Belarus and the state has recognized you as a "freelancer", then you can become a craftsman, then you will have to pay a fee of 62 rubles once a year.
You can also become a member of a creative union, but almost all non-state creative unions in Belarus have either been liquidated or are being liquidated.
Well, the easiest option is to sell the apartment.
A bit of history
Lukashenka's decree "On prevention of social dependency", aka "decree on vermin", as it is popularly called, appeared in April 2015.
Its essence was that people who permanently live in Belarus and did not participate in the "financing of state expenses", that is, simply did not work for 183 or more calendar days a year, must pay the state 20 basic amounts.
The first receipts for payment began to arrive to people in 2017 - Belarusians who studied abroad and freelancers who entered the database by mistake fell under the decree.
Then protests against this decree began all over Belarus, rallies were held in Minsk and other cities.
After that, the decree was suspended, and in January 2018, changes were made to it.
According to them, able-bodied citizens who are not employed in the economy must pay for communal services at full rates from January 2019.
In March 2022, the authorities decided that emigrants can be added to the homeless.