Today, upon request of part of the importers of second-hand vehicles, a working meeting was held in the premises of the Customs Administration. The meeting was attended by representatives of the importers who presented their remarks to the Law on Motor Vehicle Tax which came into force on 01.01.2020.

One of the main dilemmas highlighted at the meeting was the practical application of the legal provisions and the vagueness the importers of second-hand vehicles face when calculating the new motor vehicle tax, as well as the rise of taxes that they fear will cause disruption to their operations. Particular emphasis was placed on the vehicles that were customs cleared prior to the start of implementation of the new Motor Vehicle Tax Law, whether they are subject to additional tax or not, as well as how the vehicles that are on the way to be delivered to our country will be cleared. Support for amendments to the Law referring to the taxation of motor vehicles with a positive approach that will stimulate import of more environmentally friendly vehicles, corresponding to the purchasing power of citizens who had stated that they could hardly afford to buy more expensive vehicles. The Customs Administration presented the basic provisions of the Law on Motor Vehicle Tax to the representatives and practically presented how motor vehicle tax is calculated. It was established that there are many speculations about the manner of calculation which in misleads both the importers and buyers, and the public does not know how much they will need to pay for the import of second-hand vehicles.

The Customs Administration representatives pointed out that the tax can be calculated on the calculator published on the Customs Administration website (link http://ite.customs.gov.mk:9070/userForm) In this regard it was suggested to organize a presentations of the legal provisions to the importers throughout the country in every region to clarify the dilemmas they are currently facing.

Particular emphasis was put on the fact that in accordance with the new Law, vehicles worth up to EUR 10,000 are taxed solely on grounds of how much they pollute, and not as until now per value of the vehicle. Those with lower CO2 emissions pay less tax than those with higher CO2 emissions. For vehicles with a value exceeding EUR 10,000 the calculation is made according to CO2 emission and the value of the vehicle.

Regarding the dilemmas whether additional tax should be paid for the already cleared vehicles, it was clarified that the vehicles cleared in line with the old law will not be subject to additional tax on motor vehicles and that the vehicles can be freely sold to customers.

In the end, it was concluded that the Customs Administration will review the submitted remarks and organize an additional meeting with all interested parties about this law.

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