On 1 August 2022, the Romanian National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) published a draft order extending the current grace period for Standard Audit File for Tax (SAF-T) declarations from six months to twelve months. The order will take effect upon approval and publication in the Official Gazette. At the time of writing, approval and publication are expected shortly.
The Romanian tax authority initially granted the grace period due to the complexity of the country’s SAF-T filing. The SAF-T must include available data from master files, source documents, general ledger entries, and, on a separate cadence, data related to fixed assets and inventory. Because of this complexity, ANAF instituted a six-month grace period, during which taxpayers would not be penalised for late or incorrect filings. The ANAF also implemented SAF-T in phases, with the large taxpayers obliged to file before mid-sized and small taxpayers.
ANAF has acknowledged, however, that even large taxpayers have struggled to meet the technical requirements of the SAF-T declaration. Therefore, with the initial six-month grace period set to expire, ANAF proposes to extend it to alleviate the burden on filers.
The grace period, as before, takes effect from the date a taxpayer is obliged to submit the SAF-T declaration. The obligation for different categories of taxpayers begins:
- 1 January 2022: for “large taxpayers” who were categorised as such in 2021
- 1 July 2022: for “large taxpayers” who were only categorised as such in 2022
- 1 January 2023: for “medium taxpayers” who were categorised as such in 2021
- 1 January 2025: for all taxpayers not in the above categories as of 1 January 2022.
Romania SAF-T grace period extension
This means that taxpayers who are obliged to file SAF-T in 2022 will now have grace periods extending into 2023 (e.g. 1 January 2023 for “large taxpayers” who were categorised as such in 2021; 1 July 2023 for “large taxpayers” who were only categorised as such in 2022).
The language of the amendment doesn’t limit the twelve-month grace period to large taxpayers, so it is presumed that the grace period will apply to other taxpayers as well. This amendment would extend the grace period for medium taxpayers into 2024 and all others into 2026. Further clarifications on this point may be released in the future.
The rollout of SAF-T in Romania has been eventful, with multiple revisions to both the schema itself and taxpayer obligations. Taxpayers doing business in Romania must ensure that they stay abreast of the latest developments with this declaration, as there will undoubtedly be more to come.