SMEs do not support the need to adopt the fiscal amnesty measure, considering that individuals and micro-enterprises should be primarily targeted by this measure, the National Small and Medium Enterprises Private Enterprise (CNIPMMR) shows after a survey at the level of CNIPMMR members on the usefulness of fiscal amnesty.

Regarding the negative effects considered as a result of the adoption of the fiscal amnesty measure, the vast majority of respondents highlighted the encouragement of non-payment of budgetary debts, a more pronounced inclination to tax evasion, violation of the basic principles of taxation, state and increased criminal risk. In fact, 76.2 percent of the respondents said they did not support the tax amnesty.

The survey accumulated 324 respondents, 57.1 percent of them microenterprises, 14.3 percent small businesses, 19 percent medium-sized enterprises, 3.2 percent large enterprises and 6.4 percent NGOs and other legal forms. Ask if they are personally interested in voluntarily declaring non-taxed income that was evaded, 55.6 percent of respondents said they had no personal interest in applying this measure, only 44.4 percent said they might be interested the tax amnesty.

A controversial measure

Regarding the effects considered to be generated by the adoption of the fiscal amnesty measure, 46 percent of the respondents mentioned that this measure is a controversial one with multiple effects and 30.2 percent that it will have negative effects, only 23.8 percent have positive effects.

”Among the most important positive effects considered to have been generated by the adoption of the fiscal amnesty measure, the respondents mentioned the reduction or even the elimination of the delay penalties and the non-prosecution of these facts”, CNIPMMR representatives said.

Although 44.4 percent of respondents say they might be interested personally the tax amnesty (to reduce at least the penalties due), 76.2 percent of the respondents do not support the adoption of this measure and 76.2 percent consider that the measure is controversial, with multiple effects, or with negative effects, according to the Council’s survey.

”The SME sector needs to benefit from a state policy that provides intelligent regulation, systematic consultation with representative organizations, increased access to finance, simplification of procedures and de-bureaucratization, a stable and predictable legal framework, ” added CNIPMMR officials.

According to them, instead of a controversial fiscal amnesty measure, the state should establish measures to encourage voluntary compliance and bonuses for entrepreneurs who have paid on time the taxes, as well as measures to improve the fiscal legal framework, with a view in particular to the correct settlement of tax burdens.

Tax amnesty also means granting authorities a grace period of 3 to 6 months in which taxpayers can voluntarily declare their non-taxed income (which was stolen from taxation), to be rewarded for the gesture with the reduction or even the elimination of late payment penalties, as well as the charge of tax evasion.

ANAF website contains a list of 11,131 individuals, including names that hold public office. The black list contains as well, companies, including state-owned ones with cumulative debts of RON 13.3 billion. 

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