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An employed Croatian from Zagreb, who earns an average wage, is married with one child, does not smoke and has a car, works 181 days a year, which means that July 1 is Tax Freedom Day, the day when this citizen begins to earn only for him/herself and his/her family, and not the state, the Lipa taxpayers association said on Friday.

Tax Freedom Day is the day in the year when taxpayers stop working for the state and its institutions, "those necessary to all (education, healthcare), but also the excessive and questionable agencies, institutes, institutions and their subsidies, incentives, aid and fees," Lipa said.

In Croatia, a worker with an average income can celebrate that day on July 1, Lipa said, calling on citizens to mark the occasion on social networks together, by sharing #ManjiPorezi to point to the excessive tax burden in Croatia.

The total tax burden of average-income worker in Croatia exceeds 50 percent, which means that the average taxpayer works for the state a little over half a year, which has not changed in relation to 2015, Lipa said.

A personal Tax Freedom Day calculator can be accessed at the association's website (http://danporezneslobode.manjiporezi.hr).

Lipa says the project is aimed at strengthening taxpayers' awareness of the high price of the state which they are forced to pay and at encouraging positive social change, with a view to reducing the tax burden so that taxpayers can have more of the personal income at their disposal.

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