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January 22, 2021
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Increasing interest for paying local taxes and dues with the card

Paying local taxes and dues with the card is an attractive option for over two thirds of Romanians, but this perception could be seriously affected by the enforcement of a commission fee on transactions, finds a survey conducted by GfK Romania, at the initiative of Visa Europe, whose results were made public yesterday. Currently, local taxes and dues may be paid by card at POS terminals from 145 localities and online in 52 towns.Half of the bankarized population of urban areas, which must pay local taxes, knows that card payments can be made at POS machines installed in public institutions, the poll reveals. The figure is higher for respondents in Bucharest (60 pc) and among subjects whose incomes exceed RON 2,500 (64 pc). Furthermore, some 40 pc of subjects are aware that they may also pay their taxes online, via ghiseul.ro or other electronic applications made available by local authorities. However, one in three Romanians considers that paying local taxes is a difficult process, mainly because of bureaucracy, the working hours of local administration which are hard to observe, and the long time needed for making payments. According to the survey, the percentage of respondents that want to pay local taxes via POS machines severely dropped from 61 pc to 26 pc when the possibility of a commission fee was mentioned. Moreover, 56 pc of subjects said they will not pay taxes by card at POS machines or online if a commission on transaction is enforced.The total value of taxes and dues paid with the card almost doubled last year, compared to 2010, to RON 73.2 M, according to data released by the banks that operate in Romania, which belong to the Visa Europe community. The segment of online card-based payments was by far the most dynamic in 2011, with transactions advancing more than seven times.

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