2018. február 15.

Significant changes in the Romanian VAT split payment system

Romanian VAT split paymentOn 28 December 2017 law no. 275/2017 has been published in the Official Gazette in Romania. The law approves Governmental Ordinance 23/2017 regarding the Romanian VAT split payment mechanism, but brought significant amendments to that.

The VAT split payment system was introduced in Romania in August 2017 through Governmental Ordinance 23 and the text was applicable to all taxpayers registered for VAT in Romania as of January 2018 / optional as of 1 October 2017, with few exceptions.

Who has to apply the Romanian VAT split payment?

The Romanian VAT split payment mechanism requires companies applying this system to pay or cash-in invoice amounts split in two parts: the taxable base – in/from the normal bank account, the VAT amount – in/from a newly created VAT bank account, dedicated exclusively to VAT payments.

The law approving Governmental Ordinance 23 was published on 28 December 2017 and brought significant changes to the initial form of the norms.

Thus, the category of entities that have to apply the VAT split mechanism was significantly reduced, the taxpayers required to apply the VAT split payment system now being the following:

  • taxpayers who, as of 31 December 2017, have outstanding VAT liabilities exceeding RON 15,000 (approx. EUR 3,200) for large taxpayers, RON 10,000 (approx. EUR 2,100) for medium taxpayers and RON 5,000 (approx. EUR 1,000) for other taxpayers and these outstanding amounts will not be paid until 31 January 2018;
  • taxpayers who, as of 2018, will register outstanding VAT exceeding the above limits, if such amounts are not paid within 60 working days after the payment deadline;
  • taxpayers in insolvency prevention or insolvency procedure;
  • taxpayers who voluntarily opt to apply the VAT split system (for at least 1 year).

So, unlike according to the previous approach, which would have made VAT split mechanism compulsory to all VAT payers starting 1 January 2018, the VAT split became applicable compulsory only for the categories mentioned above.

Aspects that should be considered

The Romanian VAT split payment system applies to all taxable supplies of goods/services for which the place of supply is considered to be in Romania from a VAT perspective. Transactions subject to special regimes, or transactions for which the beneficiary is liable to pay the tax (reverse charge), are exempted.

The facilities for the optional application of the VAT split system are maintained, i.e. 5% decrease in corporate income tax/microenterprise income tax.

The Romanian VAT split payment system also affects entities that do not have to apply such system, as the beneficiaries are required to check their suppliers and split the payments made to suppliers that apply such system (with a few exceptions).

Considering that a taxpayer may opt voluntarily at any time to apply the Romanian VAT split payment system, for each payment to be made, a special ledger on the website of the tax authority ANAF should be checked. This electronic ledger discloses the companies applying the VAT split payment mechanism.

If you would like to know more about the Romanian VAT split payment system, please visit the homepage of Ensight, the exclusive representative of WTS Global in Romania.

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