Hungary exempts mothers under 30 from income tax to support families

Hungary has exempted young mothers from paying income tax as it continues to expand the set of family-friendly policies it introduced as an alternative to mass migration.

While most Western and especially post-Communist societies experience low birth rates, the consensus between leftist and so-called “center-right” governments has been to try to replenish aging communities and fill in the gaps of the labor market thanks to an ever-increasing mass. legal immigration and a lax approach to the control of illegal immigration.

A small number of countries with national conservative governments pursue an alternative, longer-term approach of helping (and rewarding) their own citizens to form families with the aim of stimulating natural population growth, however, including the Poland and, more specifically, Viktor Orbán’s Hungary.

Hungary continues to expand its family-friendly policies, despite tough global economic conditions, as it approaches 2023, exempting women who become mothers before the age of 30 from paying income tax .

“According to government calculations, tens of thousands of young mothers with income could take advantage of the possibility of tax exemption,” said Hungarian State Secretary for Family Policy Ágnes Hornung in a statement sent to Breitbart Europe Sunday.

“They are eligible not only for the new income tax exemption, but also for all other forms of family support, including the family allowance, dependent child [loan]and childcare costs,” she added.

The tax relief, which will apply “regardless of whether [the mother is] married, single or divorced” and last from the 12th week of pregnancy until the end of the year in which the mother turns 30, would have a “double objective” of “promoting the birth of children” and “letting[ing] more money with the families”.

Young Hungarians were already exempt from income tax until the age of 25 a year ago, in order to discourage emigration and help young people feel that they could consider founding a family without having to ruin themselves.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has long lamented the fact that “fewer and fewer children are being born across Europe” and the fact that, for the most part, “the West [is] respond to it through immigration”.

“Hungarians see this in a different light. We do not need numbers, but Hungarian children”, he insisted in 2019, explaining that, for him, “immigration means surrender”.

“If we resign ourselves to the fact that we are unable to maintain ourselves even biologically, in doing so, we are admitting that we are not important even to ourselves,” he explained.

He went much further in 2022, saying that while Western and especially Western European governments were welcome to try to solve their “population – or depopulation – problems” by “importing immigrants” He was strongly opposed to attempting such a solution in Hungary, and would resist continued efforts by the European Union and its supporters to impose it on his country through programs such as mandatory migrant redistribution quotas.

“There are Western European countries like Germany [left-liberal coalition] government which has just taken office and which has included in its programme: “Germany is a country of immigration”. I would rather cut my hand than write such a sentence in any government program,” he swore.

Orbán indicated that he thought many Westerners stuck with pro-migration governments shared his preference for a less diverse and more socially cohesive society later that year, telling an interviewer that he was “happy to welcome foreigners who like our way of thinking”.

“So can we say ‘Welcome to the refugees’?” his interviewer asked, taking a swipe at the Hungarian leader’s longstanding opposition to letting migrants cross his country’s southern border.

“Yes, exactly,” replied Orbán. “But from the West! Welcome Western Refugees!

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