Tax burden in Albania, Kosovo and Balkans, 2018

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(ENGLISH) The thematic series of publications that are already a tradition about the debate of the tax burden in Albania and other countries of region as well, ALTAX Center presents again this year, the lowest tax burden and highest tax burden , in 2017, for each region in Albania and Kosovo presenting the classification for every of
12 albanian regions and the Saranda city in Albania, as well as 7 regions of Kosovo, which include 30 communes in total. The share of the tax burden is also presented in the comparison between the countries of the Balkans peninsula by making the classification for the highest burden and the lowest tax burden recorded in 2017 and
compared with the previous year’s rating.


A special place of study also is the tax burden on Kosovo, which is presented for the second time by the ALTAX Center. Calculation of the share they have in relation to budget and domestic regional production is an indicator that aims to present disproportion between the regions in the two Albanian states, but also between the Balkan regions themselves, where a special part holds the six Western Balkan countries. The Balkans are part of Europe, geographically surrounded by EU members. The peoples of the EU and the region have a common heritage and future history determined by common opportunities and challenges. The EU has long been strongly committed to the region. From the Thessaloniki European Council in
2003, it has supported the region’s future as an integral part of the EU.

The purpose of presenting this study is to present important implications for the cities and countries involved in the study, since taxes, and fees are a key part of the tax burden and a source for enabling public services that impact on competitiveness and quality of life, economy and welfare of countries and cities. The data used for
the calculations are obtained from official statistics sources, from finances, taxes and organizations that keep data and publish them, both domestically and externally. Part of the data was processed and used to compare and serve as the main reference for the presentation. The study aims to attract policymakers and scholars
attention, fiscal media, fiscal policy analysts and tax administration authorities, as well as critics who can reserve comment reviews or have questions about the calculations and facts presented in the document.