The documents indicate that, contrary to the claims of the government institutions, at least 22 million euros have been paid by the PRO on the basis of VAT refunds, and in fact it is a crime and a well-developed scheme of extracting money in relation to value added tax refunds which are counted in millions of euros, said VMRO-DPMNE Naum Stoilkovski at a press briefing on Saturday.
“These documents prove that the VAT refund was not actually prevented, but on the contrary the state lost at least 22 million euros. The documents indicate that a Strumica company registered with EUR 5,000 in April 2022, for wholesale textile trade for only three months, has a claim to the PRO for a VAT refund of EUR 10.5 million, for the import of goods of EUR 50 million. The company with so many goods then reported only 3,000 euros for tax, even though the PRO estimated the value at 8.5 million euros. And then the owner of the company with such a sum of VAT refund from purchased goods suddenly sells it on December 29, 2022 to a certain Egzon Berisha from Kosovo”, said Stoilkovski.
The opposition spokesperson adds that the company is changing its address from Strumica to Vizbegovo in Skopje, and changing its name from AKTIKO TEXT to OKITNA TRADE. That company, for the last three months of 2023, uses a new VAT refund of 0.5 million euros for purchased goods of 14 million euros. It also has to pay 2.7 million euros, but they only reported 15,000 euros in tax.