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EU Taxation News – Commission presses Member States on VAT revenue collection

VAT revenue collection has failed to show significant improvement across EU Member States according to the latest figures released by the European Commission.

Based on VAT collection figures from 2013, the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected (the so-called “VAT Gap”) did not improve on 2012. While 15 Member States including Latvia, Malta and Slovakia saw an improvement in their figures, 11 Member States such as Estonia and Poland saw deterioration. The total amount of VAT lost across the EU is estimated at €168 billion. This equates to 15.2% of revenue loss due to fraud and evasion, tax avoidance, bankruptcies, financial insolvencies and miscalculation in 26 Member States.

For more information see the press release and the questions and answers.


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