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Measure for Self-Employed Is Revised after Just One Week

Measure for Self-Employed Is Revised after Just One Week

Posted June. 07, 2005 06:32,   


The proposal to make a qualification certificate prerequisite for a person desiring to open a beauty parlor business was dismissed. And small-scale self-employed individuals will receive a tax cut.

The South Korean government and the ruling Uri Party had a policy conference on June 6 and decided to revise and add a general measure for small-scale self-employed individuals announced late last month by the government. The public’s harsh criticism changed the government policy less than a week after its announcement.

The original proposal to adopt a system in the beauty parlor business to require a qualification certificate and a compulsory education course was completely discarded.

The ruling party’s vice floor leader, Oh Young-shik, said that the given the fact that the confectionery industry and laundry work are closely linked with the public health and environmental issues, the conference members agreed to collect opinions on the qualification certificate through additional public hearings.

“Most lawmakers expressed worry regarding the use of a qualification certificate as a tool to regulate starting a business,” said Won Hye-young, the chief policy maker. “We also agreed that if the qualification certificate had to be adopted in businesses, such as laundries, it would be more desirable to use the certificate as a tool for extra incentive,” added Won. The conference also reached an agreement on gradually reducing the value added tax on food, accommodations, transportation and other service-related businesses with the aim of easing the burden of self-employed workers.

In-Jik Cho cij1999@donga.com