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Flat tax, what we gain from it?

As the global economic crisis was not enough for our economic situation, 2009 dealt a hard blow to all Romanian companies that are income tax payers, introducing a flat rate tax starting with 1st of May.

Due to this new legal provisions, each legal person has to pay a mandatory minimum income tax. In more concrete and less formal terms, "you must pay, no matter what". The reason why is very simple in the opinion of the people who proposed and voted this tax application law: read more»

Ascent Group - partner of the project Start Internship

Ascent Group supports this year, as partner, the START Internship program, developed in Romania by Junior Achievement.

In today's labor market, students are hardly dreaming of a career and graduates have already entered into the race for getting a job. But their success depends very much on the practical skills and knowledge they learned. And unfortunately Universities in Romania offers still too few opportunities for students to get in contact with what is happening in the concrete business. read more»

During the technical unemployment employers and employees are exempt from payment of taxes and contributions to the state budget

Technical unemployment was until recently a concept included in the Romanian Labor Code. After various legislative changes, however, the term "technical unemployment'' was removed, and his place was taken by the expressions "suspension of employment” or “a temporary interruption of employment”. However, in common language, the phrase" technical unemployment" is still used when we want to refer to such interruption or temporary suspension of employment contracts.

Regarding the payment of salaries and social contributions during such period, the Government is trying to help the employers in this period, through the Emergency Ordinance no. 28/2009 published in 25 March 2009: read more»

Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia. Competitive advantages.

When an investor decides to start a business in our region, he usually can choose between a few countries: if they want to choose a country from the European Union, then they will most likely choose between Romania and Bulgaria, the last countries who joined the EU and also the countries with the lowest labour cost among the EU countries. In case they want to choose a country that is not an EU member, then Serbia and the Republic of Moldova seam to be the 2 best options.

However it is pretty difficult to make a choice in the end, given that each of these countries have advantages and disadvantages. So I proposed to make an overview of the main elements that take into account when an investor decides to start a business in one of these countries.

First, I tried to group in a comparative table the main types of fees and taxes, and the costs that an investor must bear in each of the 4 analyzed countries. Please see them below: read more»

Ascent Group and Jordan Sheppard are looking for talented young IT professionals for EU

Ascent Group, in cooperation with the partner Jordan Sheppard, is currently deploying intensive efforts to identify the market's most talented IT professionals.

Our client is a Service Provider for the European Union and the opportunities are aimed at young IT professionals who wish to access interesting and international IT career perspectives (the employer is Belgium based), either at a senior but also a more junior/entry level. Interested professionals can review enclosed a list of currently available positions.

The ability to speak fluently both English and French is essential. The applicants can send their resumes to email

The receipts with value of less than 100 lei are still tax deductible?

The Governmental Ordinance no. 105/2009 repealed the provisions of Governmental Ordinance no 831/1997 in order to approve the common patterns forms for the financial and accounting activities and for the regulations concerning the way to prepare and use these forms.

Under the new regulations, the companies should consider the fact that the tax receipts issued with electronic tax devices under the Emergency Ordinance 28/1999 are documents that prove the payment and need to be attached to the cash flow register.

Introducing in the accountancy the purchased goods or the expenses made by companies and paid based on tax receipt (cash or card), is possible only if:

  1. the company requires an invoice for delivered goods or for the carried out services, having in annex the tax receipts issued by the electronic tax device
  2. or read more»

State grants budget for companies increased 20 times

Minimis State grants represent one of the best financing solutions for small and medium enterprises. At the end of May the Government increased 20 times the grants schemes to enterprises, from five million to one hundred million, allocating 20 million euros for 2009.

Moreover, the Government also extended the number of companies fields of activity that may require such grants from the state, including mostly manufacturing: the production of textures, clothing, leather processing and footwear production, glass production and articles of paper.

These grants are offered for a period of three consecutive fiscal years, and the projects are supported 100% by the state budget.  read more»

What expects the private environment from the government during the crisis?

Few months ago, the economic crisis was still, in the opinion of many, an excuse for companies to reduce costs, an "over-fed" issue by the press, a pretext for the Government not to increase the salaries in the budgetary sector, etc. Even among those who accepted the existence of a crisis, it dominated the view that it will be like a wave, which will last 5-6 months, will sweep some companies in the way, will sway some imbalances that were obvious to everybody, after which things will return "to normal" just as they were before.

Today no one doubts the reality and the depth of this crisis, that in fact affects all countries and all branches of economy at the same time, that it will be a lasting crisis and will take years for the things to return as they were in the summer of 2008. And in some fields maybe it will not ever return to those peaks. read more»

Public speaking, open training, Bucharest

2009-08-31 09:00
2009-08-31 17:00
Europe/Bucharest

How to captivate our audience ...

Sweaty palms, the perspiration of the forehead, the accelerate heartbeat or the erasure of all the ideas from your mind are some of the inconveniences that might occur in a public presentation. The fear of speaking in public is among the bigest fear of the human being.

The ability to make presentations in public and to efficiently sustain ideas has an important impact on our success in career and the whole society.

With the techniques and methods presented in this course you will better understand better can we make a successfull and a persuasive presentation in order to mantain the interest of the audience awake.

Target

The course is adressed to: read more»

Working at home

article published in Tonica magazine

How many times dind't you want to escape, even for one single day, from the crowded roadway from your job office and back, anyhow you were traveling: with your own car, subway, bus? How many times you dreamed to escape, at least for one single day, from the morning strict schedule of your office that you can not violate but extremely flexible in the evening?

And how many times you have wanted to be able to transform the perfectly ironing clothes, the dress perfectly matching with the makeup, the elegant hair or the heavy atmosphere from the office with a light toilet - pajamas or robe and with a nice music loud enough for a perfect relax ?

Seems like a dream, but today's technology allows us to enjoy and to forget, whenever we want, the never ending timetable from the job, the crowd and the enforced dress code, if we decide to work from home. read more»

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