TPA expands its Legal Services in partnership with Savov & Partners Law FirmThe international tax advisory, accounting and audit company TPA has formed a partnership with the law office “Savov & Partners” in Sofia (Bulgaria). With Valentin Savov and his team TPA will position itself as a leading tax and law firm in Bulgaria.
The renowned Bulgarian lawyer Valentin Savov has been working with great success for more than 15 years for leading legal firms in Bulgaria, Japan and the Netherlands. He has been the Managing Director of “Savov & Partners” since 2016. With his many years of experience, he will from now on play an important part in the TPA Team as a Partner in Bulgaria, and in this role he will strengthen the Legal Services business division. Furthermore, Valentin Savov is a “Highly regarded Tax Controversy Leader in Bulgaria”, according to “WTR – World Tax Review”. Since 2019 he is a Member of the International Fiscal Association Executive Committee.
Thomas Haneder, TPA Partner and Member of the Management Team, said: “This partnership is a milestone for us. With Valentin Savov we gained a like-minded renowned top expert who is well-known in Bulgaria. It is a clear signal that our strong focus lies on high quality services. Having Valentin on board means that we strengthen our forces in Tax and Legal. Together we build great futures for our clients.
Valentin Savov, S&P Partner, said: “We are very excited to join forces and expertise with such a reputable company as TPA. I am certain that our synergies will create great value and benefit to our clients.”
TPA has been represented with great success since 2008 in Bulgaria and has managed to steadily expand its services. In addition to Bulgaria, the TPA Group is – with approximately 1,700 employees – active in 11 further countries in Central and South Eastern Europe: Austria, Albania, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Facts & Figures about TPA Bulgaria and Savov and Partners TPA is a leading tax advisory and audit company. Its range of services includes Tax Advisory, Audit, Advisory and Legal Services. In addition to Bulgaria, the TPA Group is – with approximately 1,700 employees – active in 11 further countries in Central and South Eastern Europe: Austria, Albania, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
More information can be found on the following websites www.tpa-group.bg and www.tpa-group.comSavov and Partners is a fully-fledged law firm, recognized in international rankings among leaders in Bulgaria in the field of taxation, tax controversy, M&A and B&F.
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With a Decree dated 30.03.2020 the Bulgarian Government determined the procedure for payment of compensations to the employers with the aim of retention of the employees jobs during the State of Emergency announced on the 13.03.2020.
Employers which have suspended partially or in full the business activity of their enterprises as result of an order of a Governmental body or on the ground of issued internal order are allowed to compensations.
Employers who can also qualify for compensations are those who suspended the activity of certain employees or workers (e.g. particular department or production lines), as well as , those who implemented reduced working time for the enterprise based on an internal order of the management.
The compensation shall be available for the employers for the period of the validity of the State of Emergency, but for not more than 3 months. The compensations shall be equal to 60% of the social security base of each employee for January 2020 for whom the above stated suspension measures have been applied. In case of implemented reduced working time the compensation shall be due proportionally for the non-working time, but for not more than 4 hours per day. An employer who benefits from the compensations shall be obliged to retain the employment relations with the employee for an additional period which is equal to the period for which the compensation has been paid.
Employers who apply for compensations shall comply with the following:
They are local legal entities, local individuals or foreign legal entities performing activity in Bulgaria trough permanent establishment.
They are allowed to apply for compensation only for the economical business sectors stated in an appendix to the Decree
They don’t have due payables for taxes, social security contributions or payables for Municipality taxes and fees which have been established and documented by the competent body.
They are not declared in insolvency, in a procedure of insolvency or liquidation.
They will retain the employment relations with the employees for an additional period which is equal to the period for which the compensation has been paid
They won’t terminate any labor contracts of their employees on the ground of provisions of the Labor Code related to decreased volume of work, partial closing of the business or temporary suspension of the work for more than15 days.
They don’t have established or entered in force acts for violations of the certain provisions of the Labor Code and the Labor Migration and Labor Mobility Act for a period of 6 months before the order for suspension of the business activity.
Employer from other business sectors, in addition to those listed in the Appendix of this Decree, have the right to apply for compensation on the basis of declared reduction of their incomes from sales as:
Not less than 20% for the month preceding the month of filing of the application for compensation, compared to the same month of 2019 – for entities established before 01.03.2019
Not less than 20% for the month preceding the month of filing of the application for compensation, compared to the averaged incomes from sales for January and February 2020 – for entities established after 01.03.2019
Adopted measures in Bulgaria under the Bill on the Measures and Actions during the State of Emergency announced by the Bulgarian National Assembly on 13.03.2020I. Below is a list of the most significant measures related to the prevention of the spreading of COVID-19 on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. The Bill on the Measures and Actions during the State of Emergency announced by the Bulgarian National Assembly on 13.03.2020 (the “Bill”) was adopted in its final version at an extraordinary meeting of the National Assembly which took place on 23.03.2020 and was promulgated in the Bulgarian State Gazette on 24.03.2020.
The Bill enters into force as of 13.03.2020 with the exclusion of several provisions entering into force as of 24.03.2020 (e.g. considering seizure of forcible execution proceedings, penalty proceedings, measures as per the tax legislation – please see section III below, customs legislation).
II. The adopted most significant measures and actions during the State of Emergency in Bulgaria as per the Bill are:
Measures to be implemented by employers in case of State of Emergency:
The employers are entitled upon an employer’s order to stop the work at the company’s premises entirely or partially and to send the employees to work from home without the employee’s consent. In this case only the place of work is changed, all other terms and conditions of the employment contract shall remain the same;
The employer shall be entitled to oblige the employee to use up to one half of his/her annual paid leave without the employee’s consent;
Upon an order of the employer a reduced working time for employees employed on a full-time basis could be implemented for the duration of the State of Emergency of for a part of this term;
The employer is obliged to release in paid/unpaid leave after request of the employee some specific categories of employees (e.g. pregnant women, mother of a child under 12 years of age, employees with disability 50% or over 50%, employees under 18 years of age);
The time of use of paid or unpaid leave due to the state of emergency shall be considered as a work experience;
The employer is entitled to close the working premises or part of the working premises without ordering the employees to use half of their paid annual leave – in this case the employer must pay full remuneration for the days during which the premises are closed. This does not affect the labor law relationship with the employees;
Тhe employees are also entitled to receive their full remuneration If the work premises have been closed due to State of Emergency upon an order of the competent state authorities;
For the duration of the Bill but for not more than 3 months the National Insurance Institute shall transfer onto the bank account of employers 60% of the insurance profit for January 2020 of their employees.
This compensation shall be paid by the National Insurance Institute subject to the following conditions: the employer meets certain criteria to be established by the Bulgarian Council of Ministers; the employer has filed an application with the Bulgarian Employment Agency; the employer has fully paid the remuneration of the respective employees for which the compensation has been paid. Otherwise, the employer must pay back the compensation received.
Procedural measures. Seizure of terms. Payment of debts.
Any pending judicial terms under civil, commercial, forcible execution and administrative court cases shall be seized for the duration of the State of Emergency. The above requirement is not applicable towards criminal court cases;
Any statutory terms which lead to termination or to arising of rights of private individuals shall be seized for the duration of the State of Emergency;
Injunctions are not imposed over bank accounts of natural persons and medical centers, over employment remunerations and pensions except for the cases when this is necessary for repayment of debt arising out of maintenance obligation, tort or employment relationship;
The notary certifications and notary proceedings shall be limited only to the urgent cases for notary certification. The Bulgarian Notary Chamber shall ensure that there is one notary per 50 000 citizens to take over the urgent cases;
The term of validity of the identification cards and driving licenses of Bulgarian citizens as the term of validity of residence permits of foreigners allowing them to reside permanently in Bulgaria which expires in the period 13.03.2020 – 31.10.2020 shall be extended with 6 months;
For the duration of the State of Emergency the consequences of the late payment including penalty and default interest, advanced chargeability, cancellation of a contract shall not be applied.
With regard to taxes and tax related procedures the following most important measures have been proposed:
The term for filing of Corporate Tax Return, payment of Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and tax on expenses for 2019 shall be extended from 31.03.2020 to 30.06.2020.
Advance payment of CIT due for 2020 for the period January – June 2020:
Based on the estimated and declared advance tax for 2020 - provided the CIT return has been filed prior to the entering into force of this Bill.
Based on the estimated and declared advance tax for 2020 – provided the CIT return is filed till 15.04.2020
Based on the estimated and declared advance tax for 2020 with the section of advance tax completed only – provided the CIT return will be filed after 15.04.2020
The term for filing of yearly financial statements shall be extended to 30.09.2020.
The tax on real estate and tax on vehicles for 2020 shall be reduced with 5% if paid in full by 30.06.2020.
The Personal Income Tax return of individuals, as well as, individuals performing commercial activity as Sole proprietorship and agriculture producers shall be extended to 30.06.2020
For the period of the State of Emergency the absolute limitation term for collection of public liabilities of 10 years shall not be applicable.
For the period of the State of Emergency the limitation of 1 year for completion of already started procedures of assessment of public liabilities shall not be applicable
For the period of the State of Emergency” executive proceedings under the Tax Insurance Procedure Code shall not be initiated.
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