GOMEL, 26 January (BelTA) – The share of voluntarily paid taxes amounted to 98% in Belarus in 2021, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Tax and Duties Minister Ella Selitskaya on 26 January. The official took part in a session of the board of the Gomel Oblast Inspectorate of the Belarusian Tax and Duties Ministry.
In 2021 consolidated budget revenues totaled 101.5% of the target assigned to tax agencies, with the growth rate at 109.4% as against 2020. Small and medium private businesses accounted for one third of the revenues.
According to Ella Selitskaya, Belarusian taxpayers paid 98% of the revenues voluntarily.
The official noted that as far as oversight work is concerned, the Belarusian tax service keeps an eye on several things, including off-the-book salaries, illegal tax refunds from the state budget (primarily VAT), and other tax evasion schemes.
Speaking about tax administration, Ella Selitskaya noted that Q1 2022 will be dedicated to explaining peculiarities of the payment of the apartment tax, which was introduced in 2022. Awareness-raising activities will also concern self-employed businessmen since approaches to taxing many kinds of their activities have changed. The Tax and Duties Ministry will also keep in mind revenues from the vehicle tax since Belarusian car owners had to make payments in advance on this tax last year.
Speaking about last year's performance of Gomel Oblast tax authorities, the official stated that the region accomplished all the main tasks it had been assigned.