Tax authorities investigate fuel fraud that cost the state more than 200 million


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The investigation focuses on the evasion of taxes such as VAT and ISP and the compensation due whenever an operator fails to incorporate the amount of biofuel required by law.

The Tax Authority is investigating a case of fraud practiced by fuel import companies that could be damaging the Portuguese state by more than 200 million euros, writes Diário de Notícias this Sunday.

According to the newspaper, the investigation focuses on the evasion of taxes such as VAT and ISP, but also on the compensation that is due whenever an operator does not incorporate the amount of biofuel required by law to reduce CO2 emissions.

In addition to the fact that the targets for biofuels are not being met by all operators, there are also shortcomings in the monitoring of this incorporation. The Tax and Customs Authority guarantees that it is taking action at the inspection and penal levels.

The scheme involves “illicitly taking advantage of the VAT and ISP differential between Portugal and Spain, buying fuel on the Spanish market as if it were to operate locally and then selling it in Portugal, without declaring it and paying the remaining VAT,” António Comprido, secretary-general of the Portuguese Association of Oil Companies (APETRO), told the newspaper.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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