Increased Audit Risk due to Fraud Priorities?

According to a PwC report: “11 percent of VAT revenue is lost annually through fraud – principally ‘missing trader’ or ‘carousel fraud’ – which equates to in the region of €100 billion.

Did it increase?

A recent European Union study (2013) says the bloc’s 28 member nations may be losing almost 200 billion euros ($267 billion) annually in value-added tax revenues due to tax evasion and a lack of enforcement.

EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Semeta said Thursday the amount of revenues slipping through the governments’ nets is “unacceptable, particularly given the impact such sums could have in bolstering public finances.”

The study for the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, found member states lost an estimated 193 billion euros ($258 billion) in VAT revenues in 2011, or 1.5 percent of the EU’s economic output.
European Commission – Press Release – Fight against fraud: new study confirms billions lost in VAT Gap

Estimates of the VAT Gap per Member State

EU study VAT Gap due to Fraud

Find more information about VAT fraud in the following links:

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