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VAT Frauds and the Challenges to Bulgarian Tax Policy and Administration in Enlarged Europe

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  • Konstantin Pashev

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The paper draws on the experience of Bulgaria in identifying the types and modus operandi of VAT frauds with a focus on the abuse of tax credits. It analyses the elements of tax design, conductive to such abuses, and discusses possible solutions in the light of the international and domestic experience and the capacity of the tax administration. It offers a critical analysis of the Bulgarian anti-fraud device the VAT account, as well as the various alternative policy and administrative measures, proposed and applied as barriers to VAT abuse, including policy proposals in the domain of commercial registration and price controls on business transactions. The study concludes that possible solutions should be sought along the lines of optimising risk management techniques and especially the implementation of the principle of joint responsibility, rather than through tighter control at entry or on the conduct of business.

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  • Konstantin Pashev, 2006. "VAT Frauds and the Challenges to Bulgarian Tax Policy and Administration in Enlarged Europe," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 1, pages 57-80.
  • Handle: RePEc:bas:econth:y:2006:i:1:p:57-80
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    1. Joshua Aizenman & Yothin Jinjarak, 2008. "The collection efficiency of the Value Added Tax: Theory and international evidence," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(3), pages 391-410.
    2. Konstantine Pashev, 2005. "Tax Compliance of Small Business in Transition Economies: Lessons from Bulgaria (2005)," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper0510, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
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    JEL classification:

    • E26 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Informal Economy; Underground Economy
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance
    • K34 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Tax Law
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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