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January 28, 2022

SMEs claim pseudo-consensus among employers’ associations and MFP over lump-sum tax

The representatives of the National Council for SMEs from Romania (CNIPMMR) declared that further to the discussions between employers’ associations and the Finance Ministry over the lump-sum tax, a “pseudo-consensus” was reached with the Finance Ministry (MFP). MFP argued that the introduction of the taxes even for the firms with small turnovers is the IMF’s request.

“We agreed with this lump-sum tax, but we sustain only the taxation of the businesses of over EUR 12,000, otherwise the firms with a few hundreds of millions of ROL will not be able to pay this tax. Mrs. Gratiela Iordache from the Finance Ministry told us that the taxation with minimum EUR 500 of the firms without a profit is the request of IMF,” Florian Parvu, vice president of the organization, explained. He pointed out that the firms with affairs of up to EUR 12,000 should pay EUR 500 per year, those with affairs of EUR 12,000-50,000 should pay EUR 1,000 each, while for those with turnovers of EUR 50,000-100,000 the tax should be EUR 1,500. The employers’ associations, represented on Monday by the president of UGIR 1903, Ioan Coraci, also proposed a tax of EUR 2,000 for the firms with affairs between EUR 100,000 and 1 M, of EUR 2,500 for the firms with turnover of up to EUR 5 M. For the firms with affairs of EUR 5-30 M, the proposed tax is EUR 5,000, while the affairs of over EUR 30 M should be taxed EUR 10,000. The introduction of the lump-sum tax could be discussed today in the Government meeting as an emergency ordinance, alongside the elimination of copyright. In this respect, the president of CNIPMMR, Ovidiu Nicolescu, declared that not any representative employers’ association backs the elimination of the copyright, mentioning however that the criteria should be reconsidered.

Boc: The purpose of the lump-sum tax is to combat evasion, not to impose high taxation

The purpose of the introduction of the lump-sum tax is to combat tax evasion, not to impose a high taxation, the concrete method of enforcement having to be established until the end of this week, together with the modifications to the Fiscal Code, Premier Emil Boc declared yesterday. He pointed out, on the public radio channel, that the Finance Ministry analyzes the methods of combating tax evasion, which is now at a very high level. Premier Boc also stated that the Government does not intend to modify the regulations regarding copyright, declaring himself disappointed that ideas and suppositions which belong to the unions and the owners’ associations are attributed to the Executive.

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