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Bulgaria VAT reliefs COVID-19 crisis

  • Jul 29, 2020 | Richard Asquith

29 Jul - proposes extending 9% reduced VAT rate to: tour organisers; gyms and sports facilities; and restaurant/cafe alcohol; 

11 Jun - confirms reducing catering, cafe and restaurant VAT rate from 20% to 9% for food and non-alcholic drinks until 31 December 2020. It is also cutting the VAT rate on e-books and published books.

8 May - Bulgaria is proposing cutting restaurant, cafe and hospitality services VAT rate from 20% to 9% from 1 June until 31 December 2020. The rate would then revert to 9% in 2021.

2 April - The Bulgarian tax authorities will not extend Value Added Tax filings deadlines until further notice to help businesses through the coronavirus epidemic. The next VAT, EC Sales listing, Intrastat and VAT Books are due by the 14th of April for the February month reporting period. Follow Avalara’s live global coronavirus Covid-19 VAT measures tracker.

The Bulgarian government is likely to pause ongoing VAT and other tax investigations and assessments in the short term.

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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
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