The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry denies rumors according to which producers of home-made wines will have to pay taxes.
The head of the Wine-Growing and Wine-Making Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Valeriu Ciubotaru said that no taxation would be introduced for home-made wines.
According to him, the information that was published by the Moldovan media last week, is the opinion of the Director of the Inspectorate for Control of Alcoholic Produce, Andrei Gurin, and not of the ministry.
“The discussions about the taxation of home-made wines producers emerged after the World Health Organization declared Moldova one of the most drinking countries. For the time being, these are noting more than simple talks. In the nearest future, those who produce more than a ton of home-made wines will not have to pay taxes,” said Ciubotaru.
Yet, he noted that this practice is used in most European states, including in Romania, where households that own over 10 hundred square meters of vineyards are paying the same taxes as the wine-making companies.
“As far as I know, the ministry did not work out or examine a draft law providing for the taxation of home-made wines producers. We have only elaborated and submitted to the Parliament for consideration a draft law that envisages that wines will be classified as food products and not as alcoholic beverages. Moreover, in line with a governmental instruction, wines are not subjected to excise duties. Maybe, at some point, home-made wine will be subjected to taxation, but only after consultations with the Moldovan society,” said the specialist.
As already reported by Infotag, the Director of the Inspectorate for Control of Alcoholic Produce, Andrei Gurin, put forward an initiative on the taxation of home-made wines producers, at the meeting of the National Coordinating Council for Control of Alcoholic Produce, focused on the implementation of a National Program for Alcoholic Beverages Control for 2012-2020. Gurin said that “in this way, the authorities will better monitor the situation in the field of wine production and will manage to curtail the number of wine consumers.”