Fruit and vegetable tax evasion, a ‘trendy pastime’, PM Boc says

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The Government will debate, at its meeting on Wednesday, a strategy for the promotion and sale of the Romanian agricultural produce, Prime Minister Emil Boc said on Tuesday; he added that the tax evasion related to fruit and vegetables has become ‘a trendy pastime’.

‘I have been informed about the fruit and vegetable tax evasion. It seems it is another trendy pastime and then we complain we cannot sell our Romanian produce, when in fact there are a lot of problems related to the tax evasion in this area.

We’ll also discuss it tomorrow (Wednesday – editor’s note) at the Government’s meeting with (Agriculture Minister) Ilie Sarbu with respect to the strategy for the promotion and sale of the Romanian produce’, Boc told a meeting of the inter-ministry committee on combating tax fraud and evasion.

The committee that held its first meeting on Tuesday will put forward legal proposals aimed at curbing tax dodging.

The prime minister said the participants in the meeting discussed issues related to the tax evasion by VAT, the use of bogus firms, by excises as well as a governmental urgent act by which the executive had sought to stop the tax evasion related to grain, tobacco products and oil products.

He insisted at present the issue is to better collect the existing taxes, not to introduce new ones.
‘First and foremost we have the duty to better collect the existing taxes and such collection should be made by the principle that nobody is above the law.

We are all equal when it comes to taxes’, he added.
The committee is headed by Prime Minister Boc and its members include officials of the ministries of agriculture, labour, health, tourism and transport.

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