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June 26, 2022

ANAF’s Diaconu: EC’s announcement on VAT returns confirms efforts by Romania of strengthening administrative capacity

The European Commission closed on July 15 the procedure opened against Romania for the investigation of irregularities regarding the VAT returns, reads a release by the National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF) sent  on Wednesday.

The ANAF president, Gelu Stefan Diaconu says that the announcement made by the European Commission confirms the efforts by Romania in the ANAF reform regarding the strengthening of its administrative capacity.

‘Yet, I wish I highlighted a very important aspect: this is only one step ahead in attaining our goal to drastically drop the VAT repayment period. After curtailing the average deadlines of solving the VAT returns with the option of repayment, from 180 days to approx. 60 days, our next target is to repay the VAT within maximum 15 days. From the administrative viewpoint, we are ready, but this goal could only be achieved on one condition, namely that the Public Finances Ministry and the Court of Accounts modify the current legal framework,’ Diaconu specifies.

On September 26, 2013 the European Commission has officially asked Romania to alter its administrative way of VAT repayment and the discriminatory tax treatment applied to the incomes from work of the non-residents, respectively.

As for the VAT repayment, the EC release then said that almost the VAT repayment demands were systematically solved with unreasonable delays, sometimes overlapping 180 days.

The community Executive highlighted in 2013 that this procedure is not accordingly to the EU VAT norms, which provide that the tax should be repaid fast, so that the tax payers would not face an administrative burden. Even in the case where the member states are allowed a certain leeway to set conditions of repayment, the Romanian tax payers do suffer the VAT burden for a too long period of time, as a result of the current delays.

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