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EU Expected To Adopt New Fuel Marker To Prevent Fraud

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

24 July 2017


New chemical markers intended to be used in gas oil (diesel) and kerosene in the EU are more resilient to fraud than the one currently applied, and introducing a new marker might cost less than member states currently lose in tax revenues, a new EU report says.

EU law allows member states to levy lower tax on fuel used for heating, in agriculture, or in marine transport, and it is normally tagged with a chemical marker. The diesel for cars that is sold at the standard rate does not contain chemical markers. By removing the chemical marker from heating oil, fraudsters can sell it as regular fuel, pocketing the difference in price.

A number of member states have repeatedly notified the European Commission that the current common fiscal marker is easy to remove and that it causes massive losses of tax revenues.

As a response the European Commission published an open call to find a new marker. The current marker, known as Solvent Yellow 124 or SY124, has served as a pan-European marker since 2001.

The Commission's Joint Research Center tested several new candidate markers and found one that is much better than all others. The Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental, and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) is to continue the work to evaluate the safety of the candidate markers to the environment and human health.

TAGS: environment | tax | marine | European Commission | law | European Union (EU) | Europe

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