Cuba’s National Tax Administration Office (ONAT) identified a debt with the State Budget of more than 32.5 million pesos (CUP) by individuals and legal entities, according to official media on the island.
The ONAT report specifies that the debts were detected after carrying out 4,591 control actions against price increases, carried out until June 16, according to a note published in the official newspaper Granma.
The newspaper reflects the data disseminated through the tax portal, and indicates that activities whose development has an impact on the prices of products and services destined for the population, such as bread-sweets vendors, cafeteria workers, cart operators, sellers of agricultural products in points of sale and kiosks, producers-sellers of various items, among others.
The largest debts were identified in relation to the under-declaration of income (declaring and paying less than what was actually obtained), a figure that amounts to 23,500,000 CUP, money that was now demanded from the offenders, according to the publication.
As for the fines, which include those that are part of the determination of debt and those of slips, applied for the breach of formal duties or other reasons, the figure amounts to 7,400,000 CUP, while the amount owed as a surcharge for arrears in the tax contribution exceeds one and a half million CUP.
The ONAT report identifies that among the main causes of this situation were not having the established documentation, and the outdated accounting records. They also include in this section the non-implementation of the accounting system for self-employed workers and the obstruction of the control process.
According to the source, in response to the identified violations, 473 people who were illegally carrying out self-employed activities were sanctioned.
The tax debt determined by the ONAT is made up of the tax that should have been paid or the sub-declarations, and the late payment surcharge, which is a compensation required by the State for not receiving the income at the scheduled time, the publication details.
This amount depends on the time elapsed since the end of the legal term established to contribute the obligation. It also includes the fiscal fine, a sanction for not complying with the payment obligation or the formal duty, Granma said.