Doing business in Croatia: VAT and UBO registry
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Doing business in Croatia: VAT and UBO registry

20 February 2018

Two of the most significant 2018 business updates in Croatia relate to local VAT requirements, and new laws to curb money laundering and terrorism financing.

Here’s a short overview of the changes and the next steps for legal entities incorporated in Croatia to be compliant.

Registry of VAT taxpayers

The threshold for entrance into, or exit from, Croatia’s VAT taxpayer registry changed on 1 January 2018. It’s now 300.000,00 HRK, up from 230,000,000 and a special tax treatment for ‘small taxpayers’ has been defined. Businesses that reach the VAT threshold are obligated to enter the VAT taxpayer registry.

Possible new VAT deduction

A VAT deduction is now possible for the purchase or lease of personal vehicles and other means of personal transportation; including the purchase of all goods and services in connection with those goods.

A VAT deduction can potentially be applied when importing certain machines and equipment into Croatia, amounting to over HRK 1,000,000.00.

Need more information, or help submitting relevant documentation to the Croatian tax authority? Get in touch with us today.

New law on anti-money laundering and terrorism financing

In line with global efforts to increase financial and business transparency, Croatia’s financial agency will require entities to disclose information about their ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs). It will establish a UBO register no later than July 2018.

All entities incorporated in Croatia are required to create a risk analysis to recognise, assess, understand and reduce the risks of their operations being linked to money laundering and terrorist financing. If not already clearly visible in the court register, entities must report their UBOs to the financial agency.

Talk to TMF Croatia’s experts if you need support to coordinate the provision of data on your UBOs.

Learn how to successfully navigate foreign rules and regulations.

Related reading: UBO register: upcoming local requirements in Europe

Written by

Katarina Paić

Legal and Corporate Secretarial Executive, TMF Croatia.

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