Baku. Agshin Rafigoglu - APA-Economics. As in previous years, the Department of Preliminary Investigation of Tax Crimes under the Ministry of Finance took measures on revealing persons engaging in VAT fraud and bringing them to responsibility in 2014, Chief of the Department of Preliminary Investigation of Tax Crimes Vidadi Mammadov said in his interview to “Taxes” newspaper.
According to him, 49 persons, who avoided to pay tax in the total amount of AZN 32,950,452.94 to the state budget, were brought to justice under the article #213 of the Criminal Code: “Court sentenced 9 of them pre-trial detention and criminal cases have been sent to the court with bill of indictment. It was revealed during the investigation that a group of persons uses operative and transparent services rendered by tax authorities regarding establishment of legal entity in electronic form for their own. They establish hundreds of ventures under the names of different persons in order not to be registered as VAT payer and to avoid tax”.
Mammadov noted that legal addresses of the established legal entities were same in most cases: “Some of persons giving testimony in the investigation said in their preliminary testimonies that they established not ventures and persons, which they knew them in recent times, got notarized power of attorney from them and electronic signatures under their names. Signatures of some persons have already been blocked and relevant works have been carried out to close their ventures. House of the venture’s head has been searched and up to 100 certificates of incorporation, report forms, stamps have been taken. It was revealed that the person has ventures established under the names of different persons in various territorial tax authorities and appointed relatives as director in order to get money and not submitted tax return to the tax authorities. That person has been sentenced to imprisonment. The criminal case has been sent to the court with bill of indictment”.
He noted that an organized group, who established 109 ventures and avoided to pay a large sum of tax to the state budget was rendered harmless by the department last year and each of them was sentenced to imprisonment: “In order to prevent participation of persons, who avoided to pay tax to the state budget, in the quotation polls and tenders by establishing different ventures, information about 35 persons having 1,886 ventures under their names have been sent to the state bodies, educational institutions”.