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Source: European Parliament

According to a document prepared for the Commission, ‘Study and Reports on the VAT Gap in the EU-28 Member States’, the EU’s widest VAT gap is 50 times the size of the narrowest: in 2017, the VAT gap was 0.6% in Cyprus but 35.5% in Romania. A sharing of best practices could help countries with high tax evasion levels to establish a more efficient tax collection system, without the need for further harmonisation of European legislation.

Does the Commission have information explaining the discrepancies between Member States’ VAT gaps? 

Is the Commission planning to analyse the most efficient practices for tackling VAT evasion, in countries with a narrow VAT gap, and recommend those practices to countries with a wide VAT gap?

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