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Ascent Group exceeds the threshold of 3 million euros in 2017!

2017 was a year of business growth and consolidation for Ascent Group, which was confirmed by the reported financial results. With a turnover increase of 14.9%, the group exceeds its own growth forecast, estimated at the beginning of the year at 10%, and for the first time in its history it has reached an annual turnover of EUR 3 million.

Not only the turnover shows a positive development, but all the main indicators of the group registered increases in 2017, respectively all types of services provided by the companies within the group had positive dynamics.

The year 2017 represented also a key year in the recognition of Ascent Group as a global training programs provider. This year, the training and coaching division of the group has won several important international projects, thus engaging in the formation of management teams in different countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Ascent Group exceeds the threshold of 3 million euros in 2017!

February 18, 2018Adela Cristea

2017 was a year of business growth and consolidation for Ascent Group, which was confirmed by the reported financial results. With a turnover increase of 14.9%, the group exceeds its own growth forecast, estimated at the beginning of the year at 10%, and for the first time in its history it has reached an annual turnover of EUR 3 million.

Not only the turnover shows a positive development, but all the main indicators of the group registered increases in 2017, respectively all types of services provided by the companies within the group had positive dynamics.

The year 2017 represented also a key year in the recognition of Ascent Group as a global training programs provider. This year, the training and coaching division of the group has won several important international projects, thus engaging in the formation of management teams in different countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

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New deadlines regarding the transmission of the salary changes to ITM

February 18, 2018Adina Almajanu

The year 2018 brings changes at all levels, including the General Employee Evidence Register and its submission to ITM via the Reges platform. According to Government Decision no. 905/2017, published on 19 December 2017 in the Official Gazette no. 1005, there are regulations regarding the new deadlines for transmitting changes to the contractual elements.

Thus, in August 2017, a new rule was introduced which stipulated that the change of any contractual clause must be registered and transmitted to ITM no later than one day before the date of its entry into force, in this way removing the provisions of the Labor Code stipulating the period of 20 days.

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The summary of the legislative changes in 2018

February 15, 2018Renata Ban

The year 2018 started with a lot of fiscal changes, contained in various normative acts. This is why we are trying to make a brief recap of the legislative changes that take place this year and a reminder of the main checks and declarations to be made at the beginning of the year:

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2018. What’s really changing in the people development market?

January 7, 2018Cosmin Galu

The classical two days training approach is less and less required by companies. The companies are looking for more customised people development programs that include a variation of approaches from hard skills, soft skills training to interactive workshops and coaching and mentoring one on one sessions to consolidate the discovery and the learning. 
 
This new perspective of approaching people development aims to create a culture in which everyone – not just the “high potentials”- overcome challenges, their own internal barriers and vulnerabilities.

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The change of the ceiling for micro-companies from 1st of January 2018 and other new fiscal rules

November 29, 2017Elena Ciuma

With the latest tax changes some new information appeared regarding the micro-enterprise regime. They refer to the ceiling up to which a company is consider a micro-company and pays the tax on revenues, not on profits, the extention of this taxation system also to the companies who are now the now excluded, ans also the impossibility of companies with a certain share capital to switch from revenu tax to profit tax. The recent changes also include measures to combat outsourcing of profits made by multinational companies.

According to Government Emergency Ordinance no. 79/2017, published on November 10, starting with 1st of January 2018, will increase the ceiling to which a company becomes a taxpayer on micro-enterprise income, from 500,000 euros (as it is currently) to 1.000.000 euros.

This means that companies with a yearly turnover below 1.000.000 euros will not pay profit tax, but they will pay a 1% tax on the turnover.

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Legal changes related to labor taxation from 2018

November 15, 2017Diana Calb

The Ordinance no. 79/2017 regarding the amendment of the Fiscal Code approved by the Government on 08.11.2017 was published in the Official Gazette of 10.11.2017. This brings important news for both employees and employers.

The main change is represented by the transfer of contributions from the employer to the employee. Out of the total of 9 contributions currently paid by employers and employees, starting with 2018 there will be only 3 contributions, namely:

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Starting from August, Health and Social Contributions will be paid at minimum salary level even for part-time employees

July 23, 2017Virgil Aldea

Thursday, the 20th of July, the Romanian Government adopted a decision through which is the employers will have to pay the CAS and CASS contributions at the level of the minimum wage even for the part-time contracts.

Therefore, under this decision, employers will be required to pay social and health contributions at the level of the minimum wage even in the case of part-time contracts.

The measure is taken even if the salary of the part-time employee, related to the number of hours worked, is lower than the country-guaranteed minimum gross salary. Thus, for example, if the part-time employee earns 600 lei gross, the employer will be obliged to pay the pension and health contribution at the level of the minimum salary of 1450 lei gross.

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Finally, we will get rid of the stamp! Sanctions for the employees of the public institutions, if requested after July 30!

July 25, 2017Adela Cristea

Even if it seems hard to believe, in Romania, we will get rid of the stamp requirement!

This provision actually already existed from 2015, when a paragraph of the Law 316 already eliminated the corporate obligation to stamp the claims, declarations or other documents in relation to institutions or public authorities. However, a large proportion of the public sector employees continued to request abusively the application of the stamp on these documents.

In order to improve this situation, on 30 June 2017 it was published in the Official Gazette no. 507 a Government Ordinance that not only reaffirms the lack of stamp obligation, but also qualifies officials`demand to apply the stamp as being abusive.

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Legal and fiscal news for 2017

January 26, 2017Renata Ban

Starting with 2017 a series of legislative changes will take place. Some are applicable from the 1st of January, the others from the 1st of February. We have grouped them in several main categories:

The corporate income tax:

  • The taxpayers engaged exclusively in innovation, research and development activities will be exempted from profit tax in the first 10 years of service;
  • Will be extended the deadline for the tax exemption regarding reinvested profit in technological equipment, computers, electronics and peripheral equipment, and also software.

The income tax for microcompanies

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Last opportunity to pay less taxes for dividends

December 8, 2016Renata Ban

The changes in the New Fiscal Code are making 2016 the best year for withdrawing dividends. The dividend tax was reduced from 16% to 5%. It is possible to benefit of this opportunity only in 2016.

If you haven`t already did it, you can still benefit from this tax relief only in December this year.

The only condition that must be fulfilled in order to pay only taxes rate of 5% is that the shareholder must obtain also other income for which he already pays the health insurance contribution. Therefore:

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New Year, New Code of Procedures and New Tax Code!

December 15, 2015Renata Ban

This is the time when we all are making plans for the New Year Eve, but did we properly budgeted expenditures for 2016?

And to do this, I propose you to review together the main changes of the new Tax Code and also the new provisions of the Ordinance 50/27.10.2015.

From a first look it’s noted that in 2016 the most vulnerable are individuals who are self-employed or freelancers, and the Fiscal Procedure Code is not meant to solve what really hurts, namely: the introduction of rules and procedural limitations about duration and conduct unannounced checks and anti-fraud, or the removal of the effects on third parties resulting from the declaration as being inactive of a taxpayer.

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The main changes of the Fiscal Code in 2016

January 12, 2016Alina Isac

The new Fiscal Code, adopted in September 2015, brings various of changes, applicable from different data. We will briefly describe below the changes that will be effetive starting with 2016.

Changes in the VAT 

Standard rate of VAT for all goods and services will be reduced from 24% to 19% in two steps: starting from 2016 from 24% to 20% and starting with the 1st of January 2017 will be reduced to 19%.

For the delivery of school textbooks, books, newspapers and magazines, except those intended exclusively or mainly for advertising as well as for the service consisting in allowing acces to the castles, museums, memorial houses, historical monuments, monuments of architecture and monuments of archeology, zoological and botanical gardens, fairs and exhibitions and cultural events, sporting events, cinemas, other than those without the right to deduction it will be applied the reduced rate of VAT to 5%.

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Unfair commercial practices

February 20, 2014Eduard Popescu

The competition is unfair when the activity of a trader is achieved by the use of illegal procedures, contrary to commercial usage.

The methods which characterize unfair competition are multiple. Wheter they are acts or deeds contrary to the law and honest practices, they can be grouped into crimes, contraventions and/or civil wrongs.

“Exceptional offer, for only 24 hours!” or “Buy two products and you will receive one for free”. Every day we are bombarded by such messages trough written media, television, radio, on the street or subway, each one trying to make our lives easier, proposing best product or service. There is a whole industry of techniques for promoting and selling products with hundreds of specialized books and courses, which are trying to find the best way to reach consumers, many times through practices that are not the most fair.

The law analyzes two kinds of unfair commercial practices:

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