CROATIA – Update 26th August
VAT registered entities in Croatia are relieved from paying VAT on all imports until 20 September 2020
Relief from VAT payments
Croatian VAT payers (including foreign entities registered for VAT in Croatia) are relieved from paying VAT on all imports until 20 September 2020.
By applying the so-called postponed accounting of import VAT, instead of paying the import VAT assessed by the Customs Authority, importers can opt to just report the respective VAT liability in their regular VAT return.
This measure, aimed at improving taxpayers’ cashflow , was introduced in April this year as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While originally planned to remain in effect until 20 June, it was recently extended for another three months.
Deferral of reporting deadlines for DAC6
Based on a very recent revision of the EU Directive 2018/822 (DAC6) on mandatory disclosure requirements of certain cross-border arrangements, Croatia opted to postpone the reporting deadlines.
The new deadlines are as follows:
- The deadline to report arrangements, the first step of which was implemented between 25 June 2018 and 30 June 2020, is now deferred from 31 August 2020 to 28 February 2021.
- The 30-day deadline to report arrangements for the period between 1 July and 31 December 2020 starts on 1 January 2021.
The first periodic reporting of marketable arrangements is due on 30 April 2021.
Source credit – cms-lawnow.com
CROATIA – Update 23rd April
VAT treatment of donations, VAT on imports
A. Exemption from payment of tax liabilities arising between 1 April and 20 June
The exemption primarily applies (with certain exceptions) to personal income tax, city tax, mandatory contributions and corporate income tax. The exemption however does not apply to: VAT, customs and excise duties, contributions to II. Pillar pension insurance, tax and city tax on final income, fees for lottery games, liabilities based on ongoing administrative contracts and already re-scheduled liabilities in bankruptcy and prebankruptcy procedures.The exemption primarily applies (with certain exceptions) to personal income tax, city tax, mandatory contributions and corporate income tax. The exemption however does not apply to: VAT, customs and excise duties, contributions to II. Pillar pension insurance, tax and city tax on final income, fees for lottery games, liabilities based on ongoing administrative contracts and already re-scheduled liabilities in bankruptcy and prebankruptcy procedures.
Full exemption of mentioned tax liabilities can be claimed by taxpayers whose activities were banned, disabled or significantly impeded and have at least a 50% revenue drop between 20 March and 20 June compared to the same period of the previous year.
Partial exemption (proportionally to the percentage of revenue drop) of mentioned tax liabilities can be claimed by taxpayers with total supplies in previous year above HRK 7.5 million (app. EUR 1 million) excluding VAT.The exemption may also be granted to the following categories of taxpayers:
- Individuals who rent accommodation to tourists and pay tax on a lump sum basis
- Other taxpayers who experience negative effects (drop of more than 50%).
B. VAT Treatment of Donations
Taxpayers are exempt from payment of VAT when donating goods and services needed to mitigate effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. The exemption relates to donations made between 1 March and 20 June 2020.
C. VAT on Imports
As an exception to the rule that import VAT has to be actually paid, postponed accounting of import VAT applies until 20 June 2020 on all imports of goods. This means that import VAT will be considered paid when the taxpayer declares it in the VAT return.
Imports of goods required to mitigate effects of the COVID-19 epidemic is exempt from customs duty and VAT. This applies only to imports by certain state organizations (including State bodies, public bodies and other bodies governed by public law) and goods in question are customs-exempt under customs regulations and Commission Decision (EU) 2020/491.
D. Administrative Contract in Special Circumstances
For tax liabilities (arising between 20 March and 20 June) that are not subject to deferral or cannot be exempted, “Administrative Contract in special circumstances” could be concluded. The Tax Authorities offer payment in 24 monthly instalments at reduced interest of 3.11%.
E. Extension of deadline for filing Corporate Income Tax Return
The deadline for filing corporate profit tax return (and all enclosures) is extended to 30 June. The deadline for payment of the tax liability is 31 July 2020.
F. Modification of conditions for deferred payment of VAT
Deferred payment of tax liabilities (except customs and excise duty) may be granted to the taxpayer without any overdue tax liabilities and with a revenue drop of at least 20% in the last month or according to the revenue projection for the next three months.
Based on the most recent changes to the General Tax Bylaw, VAT deferral may be granted to VAT payers who calculate and pay VAT based on issued invoices (i.e. not applying the cash accounting scheme). Provision allowing the deferral only to taxpayers with total supplies in previous year below HRK 7.5 million (approximately EUR 1 million) excluding VAT) has been deleted.
In practice, deferral of VAT means that eligible taxpayers will pay VAT only upon collection of issued invoices.
G. New deadlines for submitting financial statements
Due to the special circumstances defined in the Accounting Act, deadlines to submit financial statements and other accounting documents for statistical and other purposes have been extended to 30 June. The annual financial statements for public announcement purposes should be submitted within 8 months from the last day of the business year and consolidated within 10 months from the last day of the business year.
Entrepreneurs are exempt from paying fees to FINA (Croatian Financial Agency) for publishing financial statements.
Source credit – CMS
CROATIA – Update 17th April
SMEs can apply for a deferral of VAT payments due within 3 months, starting from April 2020, or apply to pay by interest-free instalments.
Source Credit – Accordance VAT