In the 'Medrese' market, the largest in Tirana, today from the 11: 00 to the 12: 00 held the protest of small businesses against their introduction in the VAT system, in force since last April 1st in Albania.
As announced yesterday, at the 11: 00 the entrepreneurs have lowered the shutters of their activities. In addition to the 'Medrese' market, the 'Cam' market entrepreneurs and the small 'Elektrik' market shops as well as some small businesses in the main streets of the capital and other cities such as Fier, Durres, Scutari, Elbasan, Berat also participated in the protest. and Coriza.
The introduction of VAT for small businesses
From the first of April, the government introduced the VAT system also for small businesses and businesses - with an annual turnover of at least two million leke (around 15 thousand euros) - which before that date were excluded (they were only included companies with an annual turnover of at least eight million leke - 60 thousand euros).
Today's protest was precisely in this sense: the small entrepreneurs believe that this change will lead to the failure of their activities, considering that already many companies in Durres and Berat had closed their doors before the implementation of the new scheme.
Opposition parties such as the PD and the LSI also joined the protest. The leader of the PD, Lulzim Basha, continues to argue that this move is part of a larger context, namely that of the new structure of the concession system. For Basha, in fact, this would be explained by the fact that the revenue that the government will receive from the new implementation of VAT will be minimal, while the expenses for entrepreneurs will be very high:
"Since the introduction of VAT for small businesses we all lose, except for a small group of people, because the costs will increase, leading to the bankruptcy of thousands of small businesses, unemployment will grow and so will tax evasion. We as opposition opposed this idea from the beginning " - told the Basha media.
even the International Monetary Fund, a few weeks ago, had warned about the consequences of implementing the new system:
"Small businesses account for half of the total number of companies. Such will also be a great burden for the resources of the tax department: there is the danger that in this way evasion can grow and the performance of the tax administration will be reduced. Our recommendation is that the VAT system remains the current one while the tax administration focuses on large companies. "
But Prime Minister Edi Rama and Finance Minister, Arben Ahmetaj, have always defended the measure, repeatedly stressing that there would be no reason for an increase in prices or for the closure of small businesses.
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