On Tuesday, June 29, a plenary session of the Parliament took place in Cyprus.
It approved a bill, according to which Cypriot companies can receive the payment deferral of their annual corporate fee of 350 euros until December 31, 2021.
The initiator and author of the bill was the Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry. It is worth noting that the approved bill gives the Minister Natasa Pilidou the opportunity to further extend the payment terms through the publication of a special decree.
Speaking to Parliament, Pilidou said that the adoption of the bill is necessary to ease the burden of economic actors affected by the protracted quarantine due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, she stressed that the postponement of the annual corporate tax is not the end, since the Ministry is now looking for other options to support local businessmen.
By the way, this is not the first time that companies have been granted a grace period to pay a corporate fee. In 2020, they also extended the payment deadline until the end of December.
However, according to the new law, if the fee is not paid by December 31, then the company will be fined and will have to pay 490 euros.
It must be said that the Association of Entrepreneurs and opposition parties periodically demand from the Tax Department to cancel this tax from companies, to which the latter objects, arguing this by the need for coordination with the Ministry of Finance.
As you may know, the registration of a company in Cyprus remains a popular service due to the ideal business climate for international businessmen and multinational corporations.
The jurisdiction is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, allows you to relocate your business in a relatively short time, as well as use the local tax system with special benefits in the framework of international tax planning (MNP). Cyprus is a EU member with broad market access. The island state is often a reasonable choice for organizing the headquarters of large and medium-sized enterprises, conglomerates and corporations.
As you know, the registration of a company in Cyprus is associated with arising obligations in the form of taxes and duties. For example, an annual corporate tax.
A state tax of 350 euros was introduced in 2011.
According to the innovations, all registered resident companies in Cyprus are required to pay this amount to the state budget no later than June 30 of each year, regardless of whether they conduct any activity, own assets or not.
For the companies of the group, the total amount of annual government fees is limited to 20 thousand euros, the amount is evenly distributed among the companies of the same business group.
When paying the annual fixed duty for companies in Cyprus, several aspects should be considered:
- if the company is registered after June 30, the newly created company does not receive an obligation to pay an annual fee for 1 year of existence
- a company in liquidation started before the end of June is not obliged to pay the current year's fee
- in accordance with the Companies Law of the Republic of Cyprus, registered organizations in the jurisdiction of the organization pay a fee to the Department of the Registrar.
There are several options for paying your annual corporate tax:
- By debit / credit card, online via JCC.
- In cash or check at the Registrar of Companies.
- On the official website of the Registrar of Companies - using electronic archiving DRCOR.
It is also important to know that the following penalties are imposed on a Cyprus company for late payment of the annual state fee:
- 10% if the delay is up to 2 calendar months;
- 30% if the payment is delayed for a period of 2 to 5 months.
Failure to pay the annual fee may result in the exclusion of the company from the Cyprus Companies Registry.
Each year, the budget receives about 45 million euros in payment of the corporate fee.