In related parliamentary business…
Members of the clergy in Korea will soon have to pay income tax，… following the passage
of another bill that follows nearly 50 years of debate on the subject.
Shin Se－min reports. Starting in 2018，… all members of the
clergy will have to pay income tax. The related bill was passed by the National
Assembly early Wednesday，… after 47 years of debate in Korea.
Under the newly passed legislation，… between 20 and 80 percent of a clergy member′s earnings
will be tax exempt， classified as ″necessary expenses，″ with the percentage dependant
on the person′s total income. Breaking it down，… clergy members who
make 34－thousand U.S. dollars or less per year will see only 20－percent of their income
taxed，… while the percentage will be higher for those with higher incomes.
The current government had been pushing the bill as part of its efforts to bring greater
equality to taxation. Previous efforts had failed due to opposition
from religious leaders who said their work was a spiritual service， not labor.
Reflecting the sensitivity of the issue，… the new law will not got into effect for another
two years. Lawmakers will continue their deliberations
on five contentious labor reform bills， which include proposals to revise current
labor standards， employment insurance and the employment quota for young people at large
companies. The delay has left many wondering when the
bills will get through. Shin Se－min， Arirang News.