The Romanian tax administration resumes the screening of people suspected of tax evasion

Romania’s tax collection agency ANAF will begin ‘massive checks’ on July 1 to verify the income of those suspected of tax evasion, the agency’s head says Lucian Ovidiu Heiusannouncement.

He explained that an analysis showed that 561,000 people had accumulated undeclared income of 20 billion euros (100 billion euros) over four years (2016-2019), or 8,900 euros per individual per year. .

However, Heiuş admits that the agency’s decision is more aimed at persuading the 561,000 to declare their income, since only 1,000 of them will actually be investigated in the first year, with plans to increase the number of surveys to 3,000 in the coming years, Profit.ro reported.

Even at the rate of 5,000 per year, the ANAF will need more than 100 years to control only the suspects identified for the years 2016-2019.

When it was set up in 2015, the department (the Personal Income Control Branch) was supposed to investigate high earners and was to employ 100 – but only 44 positions have been filed so far.

In 2019, Management screened a record number of people; for the first half of 2020, the number of people checked has decreased significantly, as has the undeclared income identified.

As of June 2020, only 61 inspections have been carried out. The additional revenue identified after the 61 inspections was RON 50.7 million.

In 2019, for the whole year, however, the number of checks amounted to 237, and the undeclared additional income was 236.9 million RON – still far from the billions announced by ANAF chief Heiuş .

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Esther L. Steinbach