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VAT in Bulgaria guide
Standard VAT/GST rate
20%
Reporting currency
BGN
Administered by
Ministry of Finance

VAT in Bulgaria guide

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VAT rates

The term “taxable supplies” refers to supplies of goods and services that are subject to VAT. The following are the applicable VAT rates in Bulgaria.

The VAT rates are:

  • Standard rate: 20%
  • Reduced rate: 9% for hotel accommodation
  • Zero rate (0%)

No VAT is chargeable on zero-rated supplies but the taxable person may deduct the related input tax.

Bulgarian VAT for digital service providers

In case of digital services, telecom services or broadcasting services supplied in a B2B context, the place of supply is the place where the recipient is established. No Bulgarian VAT should be charged, and reverse charge applies unless supplier and customer are established in Bulgaria. In case of digital services, telecom services or broadcasting services supplied in a B2C context we refer to the section on the One-Stop Shop below for more information.

One-Stop Shop

On 1 July 2021 EU has introduced a so-called “One-Stop-Shop” (OSS) system which has replaced a previously applied “MiniOneStopShop” (MOSS) system. OSS has extended the scope of MOSS from digital goods and services to all goods and services sold B2C in the EU. OSS is an electronic portal that simplifies VAT compliance for online sellers, i.e., online businesses that sell goods and/or services in the EU are now only required to register for VAT in one EU country for all their B2C sales in the EU. If such sellers’ B2C sales in EU are above the applicable threshold, which is 10.000,00 EUR throughout the EU, businesses are liable to charge, collect and remit VAT in the Member State where their B2C buyers are located, instead of the Member State or country of their incorporation, i.e. online sellers have to apply the VAT rate of the Member State where the goods are dispatched or where the services are supplied. AS each EU Member State has an online portal where businesses can register for OSS and submit their VAT returns in one Member State for their B2C sales throughout the EU, it is estimated that VAT compliance costs will be significantly reduced. Registration in the OSS system is available for both – taxable persons established in the EU and outside the EU.

Late – registration penalties

The penalty for non-registration ranges from BGN500 to BGN5,000. An additional penalty equal to the amount of VAT that should have been charged may be imposed. A penalty ranging from BGN500 to BGN5,000 may be assessed for failure to deregister on time.

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