Hungary addresses falling birthrates by exempting moms under 30 from income tax for life
· · Jan 9, 2023 ·

Hungary is one of many countries facing a falling birthrate that will lead to catastrophic societal breakdowns in the next few decades, but it's one of the few that's doing something to turn the trend around.

Those who really hate taxes (looking at you, libertarians!) will especially love this one: Moms who give birth before they turn 30 will never have to pay income tax again.

Last month, Balázs Orbán, the political director of the Hungarian Prime Minister, announced the new policy in a tweet.

Mark my words, 29-year-olds in Hungary will be getting busy this year.

Hungary has taken several measures in recent years to encourage its citizens to have more children, including three years of paid parental leave and state-funded daycare.

The country previously suspended income tax for moms with four or more children, but this new policy specifically encourages women to have children sooner, which in the long run means a higher likelihood of having more children overall.

And what could be better than that?

Babies are great.

Hungary has also tightened up its abortion laws in an effort to curb the decline in the birth rate. Last year, Hungary passed a law that requires women to hear their baby's heartbeat before making the decision to abort.

Seems like a few other countries that come to mind might want to start incentivizing marriage and parenthood instead of indefinite adolescence – you know, if they want to still be countries.


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