Administrative fines cut due to the pandemic will be returned

SHAFAQNA Türkiye – The Constitutional Court has made an important decision. Administrative fines for the mandatory wearing of masks and other bans lifted during the coronavirus pandemic will be returned.

According to the decision published in the Official Gazette, the 4th Administrative Court of Izmir, which applied to the Constitutional Court, canceled the rule that administrative fines applied during the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be returned by the Constitutional Court.

Thus, those who paid administrative fines during the Covid-19 period will receive a refund of the amounts they paid.


In the second sentence of the provisional article 4 of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Income Tax and Certain Laws and Resolutions of the Constitutional Court dated March 11, 2022, No. 7420, “…the accrued administrative fines are non-refundable.” By a majority vote, it was decided that the phrase was unconstitutional and ANNOUNCED.


The collection of general communiques prepared by the Ministry of the Treasury and the Finance Revenue Authority came into force after publication in the Official Gazette, and fines imposed between March 11, 2020 and November 9, 2022 due to non-compliance with measures taken to prevent the spread of the epidemic, especially the masks have been removed.

For those who did not pay the administrative fine, the tax authorities did not respond and decided to automatically remove the fines.

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