Tax News for July 2019

 

 

Tax exemption for IT companies 


The Ministry of Finance issued a new act on May 24, 2019 number 430-00-267/2019-04


This act explains what happens when certain IT companies 'lend' their space and equipment to entrepreneurs do the same job but do not pay any kind of compensation to the IT company.


By this act, the IT company does not have to pay or calculate the VAT and this is decided according to the Law on VAT.


This is explained like this: if those entrepreneurs are given a permit to do this kind of job and under these conditions, then it can be considered that the IT company performed this activity because they decided to cut its expenditures, so they do not have to pay and calculate the VAT. 

 

 

Tax exemption for organising team building activities


In Jule of this year, a new Rulebook on tax exemption was issued by the Ministry of Finance. This Rulebook deals with the tax exemption for companies which organise recreational and sports activities for their employees.

This was done because organising this kind of activities can improve the health of employees or create a stronger relationship between the employees and directors or among the employees. This is popularly called team building.

Companies can be exempted from paying taxes in this case if:

 


# Recreation at the workplace

 

  • If this activity is documented in the right way
  • If the employer issues some kind of act where he defines this activity 
  • The suppliers were paid directly by the employer
  • All the employees have right on recreation, which is defined by the act of the employer. This recreation can only be of the same quality and type for each employee.


# Compensation of costs for collective recreation


Companies can be exempted from paying taxes in this case if:

 

  • This is prescribed by the general act of the employer;
  • All the employees have a recreation of the same quality and type 
  • This activity is documented in the right way 
  • The suppliers were paid directly by the employer 

 

Also, certain compensations can be given to employers who organise this kind of activities for their employers.

Sometimes, the employer can not in right way organise team building because of different reasons. In this case, they can get tax exemption, compensation and other benefits if they find the space and schedule team building activities

This Rulebook also defines what happens when there is a person or more of them within a company which must have different kind of activity than other employees. The companies can be exempted from paying taxes if they give document this in the right way and submit medical reports.

 


# Organization of sports and other activates that tend to improve health and/or create a stronger bond among employees and between employees and employer ( team building )


Companies can be exempted from paying taxes in this case if

  • the employer issues some kind of act where he defines this activity
  • the expenses are documented in the right way 
  • a certain number of empIoyees has right to participate in this activity (around 70%)
  • the suppliers were paid directly by the employer
  • this activity is organised and based on the motivated decision of the employer


Also, the employer can organise more than team building during one year. This happens when the company has a large number of employees. Of course, to be tax exempted all the conditions from the above must be fulfilled and around 70% of employees must be included in this activity

The rulebook will be applied from July 20, 2019.
 

 

Reforming the Tax Administration


The new Tax Administration program was adopted by the Serbian government. This program will be applied from July 1, 2019. This program was adopted because the number of organizational units in Serbia was decreased from 78 to 37.

This law can only bring positive things because experts think that this can increase quality and productivity at work. The Tax Administration also decided to open different departments, located in various locations within our country where those who pay taxes can present their tax returns. These departments are there to help citizens with different kinds of taxes like for example the tax on inheritance and gifts or tax on carrying and usage of goods.


Tax returns can be submitted in two ways: paper form or electronically. But this would not have a bad influence on Tax Administration offices. They will still have its main role and be in contact with the taxpayers


The registration of non – resident and individual taxpayers will be done in the main office of the Tax Administration, starting from June 28, 2019. It is the same case with getting TaxID. It is different when it comes to tax liability certificates which are now issued in the offices which are on the same address as the bank where non- resident bank accounts are opened. Everybody can get informed about these new units on the official website of the Tax Administration. 

 

 

Work permits for foreigners

 

There is a new rulebook about the work permits for foreigners. This rulebook is written in accordance with the Law on Employment of Foreigners and will be applied from August 25, 2018.

 

This rulebook can help companies and entrepreneurs with different issues in employing foreign citizen. Some of the most often problems are: giving and extending work permits, proving that all conditions are met for employing the foreign citizen, checking the documents submitted for the work permit.

There are a few new things brought by this rulebook. One of the thing that must be done before employing a foreign citizen is the labour market test. Now, this test can be done 2 months before giving the work permit. This is also the case with checking the necessary documents.

Of course, the National Employment Agency is a body which decides about these things. They have to check the authenticity of the documents submitted for employing the foreign citizen. For example, every foreign citizen must submit certified copy of his passport. After all these procedures, the NEA decide whether they accept the application or not.

 

 

Tax treatment of the transportation costs for employees

 

On February 21, 2019, Serbian ministry of finance issued an act where it explained how transport expenses of employees should be tax treated. Some things from that act were not clear to other bodies, like American Chamber of commerce in Serbia, so another act was issued.


On June 16, 2019, a similar act was issued where all those documents which are considered as acceptable according to the Accounting Law were listed.


Documents which must be submitted by the employers:

 

  • If the employees use their vehicles to get to the job, then the employer must submit an invoice with the total amount of fuel purchased by all the employers which use their vehicles to get to the job.
  • If the employees use public transport to get to the job and have a monthly ticket which proves that, then the employer must submit an invoice with all the monthly tickets bought by those employees who use public transport 
  • If the employees use taxi to get to the job, then the employer must submit an invoice with total amounts of taxi rides used by all the employees who use this kind of service to get to the job.


On the other hand, employees must submit next documents:

 

  • If they use their ovehicles to get to the job, they have to submit a fiscal invoice of the fuel they purchased as well as the employer's report that this invoice refers to private transportation costs
  • If the employees use public transport, they must submit a fiscal invoice with for ticket they bought during the month as well as the employer's report that this invoice refers to private transportation cost.
  • If the employees use taxi service to get to the job, than they have to submit all the receipts they got during those rides with the employer's report that these receipts refer to private transportation costs