Bulgaria - Tax Guide for Freelance Contractors
Welcome to our guide to Bulgarian Taxation. You will find a wealth of information which will be useful if you plan to work in, or place consultants in, Bulgaria.
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Tax residents in Bulgaria: are liable to pay Bulgarian tax on their worldwide income,
Non tax residents in Bulgaria: are liable to pay tax on Bulgarian-source income only.
Individuals will be regarded as tax residents:
- if they have a permanent address in Bulgaria,
- if their centre of vital interests is in Bulgaria, or
- if they reside in Bulgaria for more than 183 days in any twelve-month period.
Individuals who have a permanent address in Bulgaria but whose centre of vital interests is not in Bulgaria are not considered Bulgarian tax resident.
Married persons are taxed separately.
Taxable income includes:
- all remuneration, including bonuses,
- other benefits in cash and kind,
- income from business or professional activities,
- capital gains,
- income from rent.
Certain types of income in 2012 are tax-exempt:
- income under voluntary pension schemes received upon retirement,
- interest on bank deposits.
Certain deductions for 2012 include:
- certain social security contributions,
- certain donations to charitable organisations.
Tax credits are available for early paper filing or electronic filing.
Income tax rates for 2012:
- 10.00% flat tax rate.
Annual tax returns must be filed by the 30th of April the following year.