The law on TAK, tax evasion, and the approach of TAK inspectors were some of the topics of the joint meeting that the Chamber of Doing Business in Kosovo (CDBK) organized with the General Director of the Tax Administration of Kosovo (TAK) Ilir Murtezaj.
The main focus of this meeting was the discussion on the challenges facing businesses of different sectors in our country, in relation to the institution of Tax Administration of Kosovo.
The President of the CDBK, Skënder Krasniqi, thanked the director Murtezaj who continuously responds positively to the invitations and requests that the CDBK has so far addressed to TAK.
According to Krasniqi, the main goal is for the Tax Administration of Kosovo to be considered as a pillar for budget revenues, while he stressed that the main complaint of businesses is considered the dual approach they encounter when cooperating with TAK officials, because there is more understanding at headquarters, while the opposite happens with field inspectors.
While, Murtezaj, stressed that such meetings enable businesses to be informed closely with issues of interest to them, but also the institution to assess itself in relation to businesses and improvements that need to be made.
According to Murtezaj, this 5 month has been very positive for TAK as they have secured more than 13% of revenues than planned, and during the same period has increased by about 10% the number of businesses that pay taxes.
The Tax Administration of Kosovo is in a reform period, as it is constantly trying to advance the services it offers and increase the capacity of employees, and is also creating mechanisms for verification of works, which prevents any possible misuse, added Murtezaj.
While, Melisa Sharku, as chair of the working group within the CDBK for financial issues added that it is very necessary for businesses to shorten the return period of controls from 6 years to 4 years, the penalty for delays to be done on a daily basis and not monthly as it is currently, to enable corrections, as well as VAT declarations to be made every three months.
Board member, Shyqiri Bytyqi stressed that it is necessary to differentiate serious businesses, to recognize by law the difficult financial situations and for the same to be allowed to enter into agreements with TAK in advance, and also to make changes in the period of declarations from monthly to quarterly, because it will affect the cash flow, as currently businesses pay VAT on assets which are not necessarily immediately collected.
During the meeting was also the open part of the discussion, where businesses presented challenges, ideas and issues of interest to them, in which they received concrete answers from Murtezaj.
This meeting was part of the joint meetings that the CDBK is organizing for member businesses with representatives of the Institutions, with the sole purpose of facilitating communication and addressing issues of interest.