The meat tax fraud amounts to 230 million euros, after VAT went up 24 percent, (from 19 percent, starting July 2010 - editor's note), Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry (MADR) State Secretary Achim Irimescu told the National Conference of the Romanian Investors Council.
'Once VAT increased to 24 percent, suddenly tens of thousands tonnes of meat and meat products disappeared, 71,000 tonnes vanished in the underground economy, during 2011 and 2012, which meant 30 million euros less taxes to the national budget,' said Irimescu.
According to MADR State Secretary, the big problems in the meat sector are the real and the unreal imports, and the black market production.
The data State Secretary Irimescu presented say that the VAT tax avoidance for meat amounted to 19 million euros, while the pork imports caused losses of 22 million euros, after the VAT on meat rose, in 2011.
Irimescu said that as for curbing the VAT on bread, it is not enough to test the adoption and the enactment of the decision, but checking, together with the police and the fiscal authorities, plays an important role.
Ilfov County scored the highest tax evasion, and it looks that most tax dodgers are not Romanian, Irimescu added. AGERPRES