Around 36% of Tourism Businesses Penalized
Albanian Daily News
Published September 9, 2017
Anti-informal action, which has just ended in tourist areas, seems to have yielded positive results both in revenue in the state budget and in terms of formalizing the businesses operating mainly in the coastal areas.
General Director of Taxation, Vasilika Vjero said during an interview for SCAN TV that during the inspections carried out in the tourist areas, there was an effect of extra Lek 5.4 million on the declared turnover, while over 1,000 businesses changed tax liability.
"During this period we have monitored and controlled more 6,000 taxpayers. Around 36 per cent of these businesses were penalized by tax officials, and most of the penalties were related to inaccurate declarations, non-issuance of the coupon or for not declaring the correct number of employees, etc.
Vjero also commented the new imitative recently announced by Prime Minister Edi Rama on the merge of Taxation and Customs Directorates. Vjero said that this process has already begun the first steps since the exchange of information between the two administrations is already working. She estimated that the process would help businesses as it would reduce procedures as well as cut time.
The Directorates-General of Customs and Taxes will be merged into a single National Income Agency (AKA), falling under the Ministry of Finance, Economy, and Labor, headed by Minister Arben Ahmetaj.
The merger is the result of a working group headed by former Deputy Prime Minister Niko Peleshi after the elections, which investigated the reorganization of the state administration.

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