The Israel Vegetable Growers Association asked Chairman Emanuel Trajtenberg of the Committee for Socioeconomic Change, Sunday, to discuss lowering the unique 10-percent tax charged farmers who employ foreign workers. Association Secretary Meir Yifrach said a letter was sent to Professor Trajtenberg after letters to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and relevant ministers got no results. Yifrach said the tax should be included among other discriminatory, unjustified taxes.
The tax has not been repealed despite its failure to achieve the goal of an incentive to hire Israelis. The letter notes the taxes are against the guidelines of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Yifrach said social justice must be adminstered to the farmers, who provide food to the society.