Dimitrieska-Kochoska: The government is not doing anything to combat shadow economy, Macedonia is a leader in Europe with the highest rate of 38 percent of GDP

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Member of the executive committee of VMRO-DPMNE, GordanaDimitrieska-Kochoska at today’s panel discussion entitled “4 years of Zaev, 4 years of stolen life. Enough is enough! “, talked about how the Government is dealing with the gray economy, said that although this was one of the goals in the” Plan for Life “in practice nothing has been done in this direction, and this is shown by the VAT revenues in the budget which are continuously decreasing.

“One of the goals of that ‘Plan for Life’ was also to combat the shadow economy, but we can see that the shadow economy in our country is around 38% of GDP and say that we are leaders in Europe and the Balkans with the highest gray economy rate relative to GDP. If you look at that life plan again, you will see that one of the mechanisms for fighting the shadow economy is the introduction of the project “My VAT” or the scanning of those fiscal bills that were supposed to somehow bring additional increase in VAT revenues, but If we look at the data again, i.e. VAT as a percentage of GDP, we will notice that they are decreasing from year to year, so to say in 2017 they were 7.74% of GDP and in 2020 to 7.06% of GDP which clearly states that neither the project “My VAT” has yielded any results, nor there’s any fight against gray economy,” said Dimitrieska-Kochoska.

As another segment that does not work in this direction, he mentioned the fiscal strategy that was adopted at the end of 2020, which according to Dimitrieska-Kochoska is contradictory.

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