Romania ranks 50th in PwC’s Paying Taxes global index, up 5 positions compared to last year

Newsroom 24/11/2016 | 15:02

Romania went up 5 positions and now ranks 50th in PwC’s Paying Taxes global index, 2017 edition, which measures the ease of paying taxes for a typical company in 190 countries around the world.

„We can see that many states in Central and Eastern Europe have made considerable progress in the past year regarding the ease of paying taxes. Thus, the Czech Republic jumped from the 122nd position to the 53rd, Poland climbed from 58 to 47, Slovakia from 73 to 56, Hungary from 95 to 77 and Bulgaria from 88 to 83. Moldova also had a spectacular boost from ranking 78th last year to 31 in 2016 in the Paying Taxes index. This evolution underlines the fact that there is more intense regional competition regarding the ease of paying taxes and reducing the tax burden, and Romania should continue and intensify the rhythm of positive fiscal measures adopted in the past years in order to become a more attractive destination for investors” said Mihaela Mitroi, Tax & Legal Services leader, PwC Romania.

The total tax rate, which measures the share of taxes and contributions paid by a firm as a percentage of profit, was of 38.4 percent in Romania in this year’s edition, below the EU average (40.3 percent) and the global one (40.6 percent).

Romania is one of the best performing states in CEE regarding the number of hours necessary to comply with the tax legislation, with 161 hours per year, compared with an EU average of 164 hours and a global average of 251 hours.

Moreover, a local company has to carry out 14 payments every year, compared to the world average of 25.6 payments and the European one of 11.8 payments.

Paying Taxes 2017 report measures all mandatory taxes and contributions that a medium-size company must pay in a given year. Taxes and contributions measured include the profit or corporate income tax, social contributions and labour taxes paid by the employer, property taxes, property transfer taxes, dividend tax, capital gains tax, financial transactions tax, waste collection taxes, vehicle and road taxes, and other small taxes or fees.

Georgiana Bendre

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