AADE: When and who are in danger of being “locked in” by the tax office


Every month, the audits of AADE reveal dozens of tax frauds in the field of VAT. In the ten months of January – October 2021, the Public Revenue Assurance Audit Service completed 156 investigations into VAT fraud, while another 158 investigations are ongoing.

After the audits, the tax office proceeded to deactivation 126 VAT. These are natural and legal persons who are characterized as “Disappeared merchants”.

  • The revenue lost by the State from these cases amounted to 25.6 million euros, a minimum amount, compared to the amount of 5.35 billion euros, which is estimated at annual losses from VAT, according to the Commission.

When the VAT is deactivated

According to tax legislation, the process of deactivating VAT carried out in cases where a case of tax evasion is identified but also precautionary, if the audit of the authorities shows that:

  • No income tax and value added tax (VAT) returns have been filed for two consecutive years.
  • An audit or autopsy of the Tax Authority shows that there is no financial activity of the company.
  • An audit or autopsy of the Tax Authority shows that false or inaccurate information has been declared in order to be issued a Tax Registration Number (TIN).
  • Incomplete or incorrect holder information is found.
  • An audit reveals fraud against the public.

Taxpayers who lose their VAT number can not:

  • To submit any declaration to the Registry Department of the Tax Office.
  • Submit any tax return electronically.
  • To be exempt from transfer tax, inheritance and parental benefits when acquiring a first home.
  • Receive a certificate for submission of declarations of inheritance, donations and parental benefits.
  • Obtain a certificate for real estate transfer.
  • To receive a copy of the submitted declarations of inheritance tax, donation, parental benefit, declaration of real estate data (E9) and ENFIA certificate.
  • Receive tax information.
  • To collect amounts from the payment of payment securities (AFEK Money Bills, Third Party Bills, Money Orders).
  • To have transactions with the Public sector (participation in a tender for the supply of materials or the assignment of public works).


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