In Romania, personal income is taxed at a flat rate of 10%. As it can be seen from the graph bellow it is one of the lowest individual tax rates in EU, the EU average being 38%.
Individual Tax rates 2018 (%) (Source: KPMG tax)
Corporate income tax
At the same time, the standard corporate income tax rate is 16%. Also in this case, it is one of the lowest in Europe, under the average of 21% for EU. Dividend income distributed as of 1 January 2016 is subject to 5% income tax.
Corporate Tax rates 2018 (%) (Source: KPMG tax)
The government is committed to reducing the tax burden. Starting with 1 January 2017, the VAT rate was lowered to 19%, and it will be followed by another drop to 18% in 2018. At the same time, the VAT rates on food items are 9% and on some forms of entertainment is 5%. It is planed from 1 March 2017 the extension of the 0% VAT for sale of housing, advertising and inputs in agriculture.
Regarding fiscal incentives, the Romanian fiscal code includes a 16% profit tax exemption for reinvested profits in new technological equipment used for business purposes and an exemption on the 16% income tax for employees working in the IT and R&D sector.
VAT rates 2018 (%) (Surce: KPMG tax)
Living in the valley
The mine closure process sent many families to magnet cities. There are many empty apartments left behind, with very accesbile prices.