Employers will be able to pay the 13th salary, higher Christmas bonus or tax-free rebate, which is great news for all entrepreneurs, especially those in tourism because these new measures will certainly be one of the tools to keep quality workers or attract new ones. According to estimates for the next tourist season, the tourism sector will lack up to 20.000 employees. The Government of the Republic of Croatia has accepted the budget proposals for next year and the supplementary budget for this year. The budget for 2019 is based on a projection of economic growth of 2,9%, with revenues of HRK 136,1 billion and expenditures of HRK 140,3 billion. The final proposals for amendments to the nine tax laws, which passed the first reading in the Parliament and are now ready for the second, were also discussed.According to the Government’s proposal, state budget revenues will amount to HRK 2019 billion in 136,1, or 5,5 percent more than the originally planned budget for 2018. Expenditures for next year are planned at HRK 140,3 billion. which is 6,9 billion more than originally planned expenditures this year. The redistribution within this year’s budget revision goes in several important directions – to the health sector around HRK 400 million, for internal affairs due to migration, part goes to demography policy, approximately HRK 230 million for pension indexation, culture, construction, science, justice and regional development.Employers will be able to pay their 13th paycheck, higher Christmas bonus or tax-free holiday payThe government issued a decree enabling employers to pay employers “1. pay ”.Namely, after December 1, the employer will be able to pay up to HRK 7.500 for a reward, recourse and Christmas bonus to its employees, and they will not have to pay taxes on that amount. Until now, the amount was taxed in excess of HRK 2500, and now non-taxable receipts are being increased to HRK 7.500.The final proposals of nine tax laws were adopted, including the Law on Value Added Tax, which envisages the extension of the application of the reduced VAT rate of 13 percent from 2019 to baby diapers, delivery of live animals, meat and edible slaughter products, fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates, edible vegetables, roots and tubers, fruit and nuts and the supply of eggs, as well as a reduction in the general rate of value added tax (VAT) to 24 percent from 2020.The government is also proposing to reduce the VAT rate on services and related copyrights of writers, composers and artists from 25 to 13 percent. The value threshold of HRK 400 for the recognition of 50 percent pre-tax on the purchase and maintenance of cars is also abolished.