Setting up a company in Bulgaria is a relatively quick process and is an advantageous solution for Italian entrepreneurs who intend to invest abroad, due to the low taxation, reduced bureaucracy and labour costs, which are among the lowest in Europe.
|Population:||7 million (2019)|
|VAT:||20%, 9% for hotel services|
|Average salary:||7,000 euro/year|
To date, more than 13,000 Italian companies have opened or moved their tax position in Bulgaria, for a total value in terms of investment of over 1.7 billion euros. Bulgaria, as well as being appreciated for the establishment of new companies or startups is also one of the most interesting countries in Europe to implement relocation strategies, due to low labour costs.
Bulgaria is one of the most attractive countries to set up a company in Europe. It is a developing country in a strategic geographical location. Enjoying a stable banking system and offering attractive investment incentives, the country definitely deserves consideration for your financial projects.
Moreover, Bulgaria has been in Europe since 1 January 2007 and is in the process of joining the Schengen area. It is also committed to adopting the euro, but currently the Bulgarian Lev is used.
Bulgaria is not yet a member of the Eurozone but enjoys a very stable currency, the ‘Lev’, which is supported by the currency board, pegging it to the euro at a level of 1.96. The country has the second lowest public debt in the EU (17.0% of GDP) and one of the lowest budget deficits. The country ranks 57th out of 185 other economies for “ease of doing business” according to a World Bank measurement.
One of the main advantages of registering a company in Bulgaria is its tax regime, with a corporate tax rate of 10%, the lowest in the European Union. More details under “Taxes in Bulgaria”.
Bulgaria has the lowest labour costs in the EU with a minimum wage of around €200 and an average salary of around €500. However, the workforce is well educated, highly skilled and multilingual.
Office rental prices are affordable and the cost of electricity for industrial users is 70% of the European average tariffs.
Starting a business in Bulgaria also benefits from a strategic location:
One of the main advantages of registering a company in Bulgaria is its tax regime: the corporate tax rate is only 10% (the lowest in the EU), and personal income tax is 10% (flat rate). Industries in areas of high unemployment are granted a special tax rate of 0%.
Dividends and liquidation proceeds payable to non-residents are subject to 5% withholding tax (lower rates may apply under a tax treaty) and are exempt from withholding tax under the European Parent and Subordinate Companies Directive when payable to an individual residing in the EU. Bulgaria has a standard VAT rate of 20%, with a reduced rate of 9% for hotels and accommodation services. Intra-Community exports and supplies are zero-rated.
The most common form of company incorporation in Bulgaria is the OOD. There are two types of limited liability companies in Bulgaria;
|Company form||Limited liability company, OOD|
|Responsibility||The liability of the shareholders for the company is limited to the amount of the contributed capital.|
|Capital||The share capital consists of the capital contributions, which must be at least BGN 2 (EUR 1). The capital contributions must be fully paid up.|
|Members||One or more natural or legal persons, residents or non-residents. Details of members are made public.|
|Manager||At least one manager, who must be a resident or non-resident individual.|
|Secretary||Appointing a secretary is possible but not mandatory.|
|Registered office||A company must have a registered office in Bulgaria.|
|Management||Annual balance sheet and annual report to the business register mandatory. SMEs may submit simpler financial statements. Mandatory annual general meeting. Monthly VAT declaration (if VAT-registered).|
|Company form||Solely limited liability company, EOOD)|
|Members||Single shareholder, who holds 100% of the shares in the company.|
|Registered office||(as OOD)|
|Fiscal management||(as OOD) + Unlike the OOD, an annual general meeting is not required.|
The EOOD is a single-member company, which can be converted into an OOD without too much difficulty.
Value added tax, VAT applied to the purchase and sale of goods and services has the following values in Bulgaria:
Companies with an annual turnover of more than BGN 20,000 (approximately EUR 10,200) are required to register for VAT purposes. This applies likewise in the case of distance sales in Bulgaria exceeding BGN 70,000 (approximately EUR 35,800).
Every company in Bulgaria that is registered for VAT will have to file a VAT return with the National Revenue Agency (NAP – Национална агенция за приходите).
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