The law on "Value Added Tax" is expected to change again as it faces intense opposition from online media.
Former Finance Minister, also chair of the Economy Committee, Arben Ahmetaj, has filed in Parliament the draft law that the 6% tax on the supply of advertising services on radio and television also should be applied to electronic media providers.
Ahmetaj stated: “Currently, the media and the providers of electronic publishing services operating in the media market are not regulated by Law.
"For this reason, the proposed change deals with the supply of electronic service providers in the scheme of the reduced rates of the Value Added Tax,”
By 2018, the portals were exempt from the VAT tax, but governmental changes in November 2018 were rejected by media directors because according to them they should pay a tax of 20%:
Ahmetaj concluded by stating: “This proposal will enable equal and non-discriminatory treatment between audiovisual and electronic service providers."
Although the law was approved in the Assembly, the Ministry of Finance has not yet issued legal acts for its implementation.