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APN Podcast: Taxing the gig economy

Take-home pay for gig workers, foreign name discrimination and the pitfalls of excessive consumerism headline this week's show.

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Many food couriers say they would rather be entrepreneurs than employees—but are they really going to make as much as they think, after they pay VAT, income tax, pension and social contributions?

All Points North attempts to break down the pay packets of those labouring in the gig economy to find out if the deal is more about freedom for workers—or cost reductions for companies.

"It's a very good way to work and earn an income, but you have to know the facts before you get into it," Aicha Manai of SME lobby Suomen Yrittäjät told APN, noting that sales of 2,000 euros will likely leave a sole trader some 1,500 euros prior to paying income tax.

"The taxman never forgets," she added about the importance of entrepreneurs staying on top of pension contributions, VAT and income tax.

You can listen to the full podcast using the embedded player here, via Yle Areena, Spotify, Apple Podcasts or on your usual podcast player using the RSS feed.

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Labour issues were also on the agenda this week following a story about job hunters switching to "Finnish-sounding" surnames to avoid discrimination.

In addition to the latest Covid news, APN also explores recent social debate on racism in Finland sparked by an Yle TV1 programme, and this week's hosts also get tips on avoiding excessive consumerism ahead of the festive season.

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This week's show was presented by Egan Richardson and Zena Iovino. The audio engineer was Anders Johansson.

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