BUCHAREST, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The Romanian government Wednesday adopted an emergency decree to amend the Tax Code to introduce a series of additional taxes from July 1.
Government spokesperson Ioana Muntean said the revised Tax Code introduced a tax on meal and holiday tickets, gift vouchers and nursery vouchers, and would levy it by incorporating the value in wage earnings.
The government will collect a 16-percent tax on interest income from bank deposits.
According to the revised code, the deductible quotas for copyrighted work will be reduced to 20 percent of the gross income, from the current 40 percent.
Owners of more than one house will be forced to pay a so-called "solidarity tax" to the local budget, amounting to 50-200 percent of the current yearly tax on their other houses.
Meanwhile, freelancers will pay a 16.5-percent social security contribution, as any other employee, provided their earnings are included in the salary category.
Romania is currently in a deep recession, which dragged down the country's gross domestic product by 7.1 percent in 2009 after eight years of sustained growth.
The eastern European country last year signed a 20-billion-euro (24.5 billion-U.S.-dollar) IMF-led rescue loan to cope with the crisis.
The IMF said in early May that it would disburse the fifth tranche of the stand-by agreement only after Romania implemented cost-cutting measures to cap the public deficit at 6.8 percent of GDP this year.