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Romania: Tax developments in response to COVID-19

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This page offers an overview of tax developments being reported globally by KPMG member firms in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The content will be updated regularly. However, due to the fast-moving pace of change, it may not always reflect the most current developments in a given jurisdiction. Please refer to the date of accuracy and refer to the relevant links, under additional information, for original source information.

Date accurate as of: 8 July 2020

In response to the context created by the COVID-19 epidemic, two key tax measures have been adopted by the Romanian Government and enacted through GEO 29/2020, as further amended through GEO 99/2020:

  • All tax obligations which have their due date after 21 March 2020 and which are unpaid do not qualify as overdue, and therefore they are not subject to late payment interest and penalties. 
  • All tax related foreclosure procedures involving garnishments are suspended by law.
  • Both measures cease to apply on 25 October 2020.
  • The same ordinance provides for deferral of the payment deadline of local taxes such as taxes for buildings, land, and vehicles from 31 March 2020 to 30 June 2020, while the reduction of up to 10% for full payment granted by local councils is still applicable.

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Other tax measures

  • For all quarters of 2020, taxpayers who make, either by law or by option, advanced quarterly payments of corporate income tax by reference to the corporate income tax level of the previous year (2019) are allowed, by exception, to calculate, declare and pay quarterly corporate income tax at the level of the actual profit of 2020. This measure is also applicable to taxpayers with a fiscal year different from the calendar year, in 2020.
  • Tax restructuring and relief measures for overdue tax obligation as at 31 December 2018 which were enacted by GO 6/2019 remain applicable if the taxpayers who want to access the measures submit notifications of intent by 30 September 2020 (the deadline before deferral was 31 July 2020) and then submit the application for restructuring measures by 15 December 2020 (the deadline before deferral was 30 October 2020).

In response to the context created by the COVID-19 epidemic, fiscal facilities have been adopted by the Romanian Government and enacted through GEO 33/2020, amended via Law 54/2020, and GEO 99/2020:

  • Taxpayers of profit tax / quarterly advance payment for the first, second and third quarters of 2020 are granted a 10% discount for payments on due dates. The same benefit is available for taxpayers of income tax for micro-enterprises.
  • The requirement to pay VAT at the time of import for medicines, protective equipment, other medical devices or medical equipment and sanitary equipment needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been deferred. Importers should account for the related VAT under the reverse charge mechanism. Deduction of VAT is subject to general rules provided in legislation.

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In response to the context created by the COVID-19 epidemic, additional fiscal measures have been adopted by the Romanian Government and enacted through GEO 48/2020, amended by GEO 99/2020:

  • Taxpayers liable to specific tax will not be liable for the tax for the period during which they interrupt their activity totally or partially during the state of emergency period. Additionally, an exemption from payment of the specific tax for an additional period of 90 days was granted. 
  • Micro-enterprises can also deduct sponsorship granted to public institutions and authorities from the tax due, including sponsorship of specialized bodies of public administration. 
  • VAT requested for reimbursement for which no decision has been issued by the date of entry into force of GEO 48/2020 will be reimbursed to taxpayers without prior auditing. An exemption exists, however, for cases where the tax inspection has already started.
  • Foreclosure procedures by notice for state receivables and subsequent recovery through tenders are suspended or will not start (unless established through court decisions in criminal matters). The suspension ends on 25 October 2020.
  • For late payment of installments included in an installment schedule which remain outstanding until 25 October 2020, no interest and penalties will be calculated according to the Fiscal Procedure Code. 
  • Deferral of import VAT for completely denatured ethyl alcohol used for the production of disinfectants.

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