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Legal and fiscal news for 2017

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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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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VAT at collection system became optional!

January 31, 2014Cristina Felnecan

At the beginning of 2013 Romania introduced the VAT payment system at collection. A system that led to multiple controversy and, although it is based on a healthy fiscal philosophy, it was implemented with multiple gaps.



But 2014 starts with good news. According to the GO 111/2013 was instituted the option of VAT collection application for taxpayers whose yearly turnover does not exceed 2,250,000 lei in the previous calendar year.

In other words, VAT collection system is not mandatory anymore, it becomes optional, leaving eligible taxpayers to decide whether to apply or not based their economic particularities.



Therefore, taxable persons on January 1, 2014 who already apply VAT collection system will proceed as follows:

 

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What news brings September 1?

August 31, 2013Adela Cristea

From September 1, 2013 several changes to the Tax Code and its implementing rules shall take effect. Among them, are worth mentioning :

Introduction of the reduced VAT rate TVA of 9% for backery products

This will apply to the following products:

  • all kinds of bread
  • croissants, rolls, sticks, pretzels, minibaghete, batons and braids ;
  • white wheat flour, milled wheat flour, wheat flour and dark rye flour ;
  • triticum spelta and meslin wheat – CN code 1001 99 00, and rye – CN code 1002 90 00

Excise tax will be extended to more products.

New categories of luxury products will be subject of the excise tax, such as:

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Microcompanies. What’s new in 2013?

February 1, 2013Adela Cristea

The beginning of the year brought some changes related to the legal and fiscal status of the microcompanies in Romania. Specifically, based on the Government Ordinance no. 8/2013, published in the Official Gazette no. 54 from 23 January 2013, the article 1121, c) of the Fiscal Code was modified, it’s new content being: „obtained revenues that do not overcome the amount of 65.000 euro”.

In other words, the 100.000 eur limit for revenues that allowed a company to qualify as microcompany, valid until last year, was reduced to 65.000 euro.

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The minimum wage for 2013 in Romania was changed!

February 1, 2013Adela Cristea

The recently discussed chenges regarding the minimum wage in Romania became a fact. Thus, in the Official Gazette (Part I, no. 52.2013) was published the Decision no. 23/2013, which states the minimum gross base salary guaranteed in Romania.

The new rates are:

  • starting with February 1, 2013, the gross minimum wage is 750 lei per month for a full-time program of 168,667 hours in average per month
  • starting with July 1, 2013, the gross minimum wage is 800 lei per month for a full-time program of 168,667 hours in average per month

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New VAT payment system starting with January 2013

September 26, 2012Rainfall

According to Government Decision 15/2012 for modifying the Law 571/2003 regarding the Fiscal Code for 2013, the taxpayers with tax residence in Romania and whose revenue during October 1st 2011 – September 30th 2012, does not exceed 2.250.000 RON will be applying the VAT charge on cashed-in system starting January 1st 2013.

In order to comply with these provisions, the taxpayer who is pass to the new system is responsible for submitting, before October 25th, a written notification to prove that revenue during October 1st 2011 – September 30th 2012 (inclusive) did not exceed the 2.250.000 RON limit.

  • VAT on cash system does not apply to taxpayers that are part of a single fiscal group.
  • VAT on cash system applies only to transactions where goods or services are in Romania.

Transations which are not affected by the new system

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Otilia Gal takes over the Financial Manager position within Ascent Group

September 19, 2012Rainfall

The midsummer of 2012 marked a change in the management of Ascent Group. Thus, with the 1st of July, the new financial manager of Ascent Group is Otilia Gal.

Otilia is an alumni of the Faculty of Economics from the University of Timisoara. Over the years she enriched her knowledge by attending numerous courses and specializations in finance and accounting.

Professionally, Otilia has 10 years of experience in finance, both within multinational companies and local companies.

During the last four years Otilia has held the position of financial advisor in the Arad office of Ascent Group Arad, and since the 1st of July 2012 she became the financial manager of Ascent Group.

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