Law approving GO 8/2013 adopted
The law has been passed by the Chamber of Deputies in its capacity as a decision making chamber and it brings important changes and additions to the original text of the Ordinance.
Reduced VAT rate for medical lenses
According to a memo dated 20 March 2013, the reduced VAT rate of 9% is applicable for deliveries of aerial or contact medical lenses and their accessories.
ECJ: Tax authorities may not refuse VAT registration
On 14 March 2013, the ECJ issued its decision in case C-527/11 Ablessio SIA with respect to situations in which the tax authorities of Member States refuse to assign a VAT identification number to taxable persons.
VAT – reverse charge on cereals
In October 2012, Romania asked to be authorised to continue to apply the reverse charge mechanism in relation to certain cereals and oilseeds.
Taxation of foreign companies in Romania
The European Commission has issued a reasoned opinion for Romania in relation to amending the discriminatory tax treatment of foreign companies. Details are set out in a European Commission press release (MEMO/13/122, dated 21 February 2013).
Increase in excise duties for cigarettes
Following Government Decision no. 50 on rates for specific excise duties expressed in EUR per 1000 cigarettes, as from 1 April 2013 the rate will rise from EUR 53.18 per 1000 cigarettes to EUR 56.71 per 1000 cigarettes.