Approximately one million Romanians who paid the car tax from 2007 to 2013 will be eligible for reimbursement upon request to local offices of the tax authority; refunds will be made in instalments over five years, according to Environment Minister Cristiana Pasca Palmer.
Until now, Romanians had no other option than suing to get their money back.
According to the minister, the amounts will be refunded with interest and updated for inflation.
National Agency for Fiscal Administration head Dragos Doros said that the institution is prepared for the flow of applicants. Payments will be made from the state budget for the pollution tax collected from 2007 until 2008, and from the Environment Fund budget for 2008 – 2013, depending on the authority that collected the tax at the time.
The car tax upon first registration was introduced on 1 January 2007, immediately after Romania’s accession to the European Union. The environmental stamp for motor vehicles took effect on 15 March 2013, and since then the car tax was calculated solely on the basis of CO2 emissions.