The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has issued and published the here below Memo No.654 dated 07/01/2021, extending till August 27th 2021 the discount on penalties mentioned in the articles 22 & 23 of the Budget Law 2020 (Law #6/2020) and the suspension of deadlines until the 30th June 2021 in compliance with the Law #199 of the 29th December 2020.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF), has issued and published the here below Decisions No 11/1 and 14/1 dated 12th January 2021 which have extended the deadlines to present the 4th quarter of 2020 Tax on wages & salaries (R10) and Value Added Tax (VAT) declarations and the payment of the related taxes until the 15th February 2021 inclusive.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF), has issued and published the here below Notification No. 114/S1 dated 15/01/2021 to remind the taxpayers undertaking industrial, commercial and non-commercial activities or professional services to invoice the end consumer in LBP including the VAT amount (i.e. the VAT amount should represent 11% of the initial invoice amount in LBP) and give him a copy of this invoice in compliance with the Article 25 of the Consumer Protection Law. Any infringement to this regulation will be criminally prosecuted and will subject the offender to applicable taxes and penalties.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF), has issued and published the here below Decision No. 893/1 dated 31/12/2020 which acknowledges the difference of exchange resulting from the purchase of goods or assets in foreign currencies at the black market rate. According to this MOF decision, this difference of exchange should be added to the cost of the goods in the Profit & Loss statement or to the cost of the asset in the Balance Sheet. It has to be recorded in the revenues of the seller as well.
Any pending difference of exchange on goods or assets in progress or stock not yet sold at the closing date of the financial statements should be recorded in a separate Balance Sheet account “Difference of Exchange-Assets or Liabilities” until this good is sold.
This is a first step made by the MOF to ease the business in Lebanon in this hyperinflation environment, hoping other decisions will be made to further clarify this major issue that the Lebanese companies are facing among other problems resulting from the current financial and economic crisis.
By virtue of the Administrative Instruction No. 988/S2 dated 02/12/2020 issued by the director of the Revenue Branch of the Ministry of Finance, the public officers are required to reinforce the inspection of the identity of the beneficial owners in compliance with the laws and regulations in force, as a prelude to the follow-up report which will be submitted by Lebanon to the Global Forum on Transparency in June 2021.
By virtue of the MoF Decision No. 691/1 dated 19/11/2020, the new forms No. S1/J and S4/J (here below) related to the declaration and payment of the tax on movable capital assets have replaced the forms using the same numbering which were subject of the MoF Decision No. 1432/1 dated 17/09/2018.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has issued the here below Decision No. 255/1 dated 07/06/2020 published in the Official Gazette No. 44 dated 12/11/2020 relating to the determination of the implementing provisions of articles 1 and 2 of the Law No. 160 relating to the legal deadlines for tax rights and obligations which fall within the competence of the Public Finance Directorate.
The deadlines provided for by the Law No. 160 dated 05/08/2020 relating to the exercise of taxpayers, including diplomatic and consular institutions and international organizations, their rights and the fulfillment of their fiscal obligations, in particular those stipulated in the Law on fiscal procedures as well as in other laws, and the provisions contained in the Law No. 6 dated 05/03/2020 (Budget Law and annexed budgets of 2020) relating to taxes and fees, and in particular:
A) Concerning the deadlines relating to taxpayer’s obligations:
· The declaration relating to the start of activity;
· The application for registration of an employee.
· The application for registration for the value added tax.
· The submission of periodic and annual declarations related to all types of taxes and fees;
· The request for modification of the information.
· Cessation of activity.
· The submission of the declaration relating to the beneficial owner.
· The forced settlement of taxes and fees.
· The request relating to the installment of inheritance tax.
· Registration of documents and records.
B) Concerning the rights granted by virtue of the Law on Tax Procedures as well as by other tax laws:
· The response to the preliminary results assessment;
· The objection to the tax adjustment before the Tax Administration;
· The objection before the Objection (Appeal) Committee;
· The filing of an appeal of the Objection Committee’s decision before the State Council.
C) Concerning the rights and obligations provided for in Law No. 6 of 5/3/2020 (Finance Law and related Budgets 2020):
· Article 20 relating to the imposition of an additional tax payable by banks, financial institutions and financial intermediation institutions according to its turnover for the year 2019.
· Article 22 relating to certain articles provided for by the Law No. 144 dated 07/31/2019 (General budget and annexed budgets for 2019).
The suspension of the deadlines provided for by the Law No. 160 of 05/08/2020 includes moreover the deadlines relating to the exercise by the tax administration of its rights and obligations and in particular:
– The deadlines relating to the completion of the adjustment and the notification to taxpayers of the preliminary results.
– The deadlines relating to the issuance of final adjustments in response to the preliminary adjustment results;
– The deadlines relating to the recovery of main and additional taxes and fees.
– The deadlines to decide the restitution requests submitted before the Tax Administration;
– The deadlines to decide on the objections submitted before the Tax Administration; The deadlines to appeal the decisions of the Objection Committee before the State Council and to prepare a reply
This Decision also specifies the suspended deadlines relating to the exercise by the tax administration and by the taxpayers of their rights and obligations.
The period between 10/18/2019 and 7/30/2020 shall not be counted within the deadlines granted to taxpayers to fulfill their tax obligations related to all types of taxes and fees which are collected by the Public Finance Directorate.
The period between 10/18/2019 and 7/30/2020 shall not be counted within the deadlines granted to the tax administration to recover all kinds of taxes and fees which are collected by the Public Finance Directorate.
The deadlines set by the tax administration for the taxpayer to undertake a specific procedure the law did not provide for a legal deadline in compliance with the provisions of Clause 1 of Article 9 of the Tax Procedures Law do not benefit from the provisions of the suspension
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has issued the here below Decision No. 245/1 dated 07/06/2020 published in the Official Gazette No. 44 dated 12/11/2020 determining the elements constituting the turnover of banks, financial institutions and financial intermediation institutions to be adopted in order to settle the flat-rate tax provided for in article 20 of Law No.6/2020. Indeed, constitutes the turnover:
a) Concerning banks, financial institutions and financial intermediaries which adopt form (B1) for the annual declaration of the activity’s results: in the aggregate the sum of the accounts of the seventh category contained in form B13 (declaration of profit and loss) of the aforementioned declaration and consequently of the declaration attached to the Decision.
b) Concerning financial intermediation institutions which adopt form (S1) for the annual declaration of the activity’s results: in the aggregate the sum of the accounts of the seventh category contained in form s16 (declaration of profits and losses) of the aforementioned declaration and consequently the declaration attached to this Decision.
The tax shall be paid by virtue of tax rolls attached to the decision (S 13), a copy of which shall be given to the Ministry of Finance, similar to the invoice relating to article 51 of the Law No. 497/2003 and its modifications, in order for the competent authority before the Ministry of Finance to register it in the tax system provided for this purpose.
The tax paid by each bank, financial institution and financial intermediation company is considered to be a deductible charge from the income of the fiscal year 2020, and the penalty paid due to late payment (if any) of the tax within the deadline provided for in article 20 of the Law No. 6/2020, or the due penalty which must be paid and the amount of which is less than what is due, is considered to be a deductible charge.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has issued the here below Decision No. 244/1 dated 07/06/2020 published in the Official Gazette No. 44 dated 12/11/2020 relating to the tax treatment of profits made by insured in the form of investment returns as regard to the premiums paid to insurers and underwriters, by adding a new paragraph to article 2 of the MoF Decision No 393/1 dated 22/4/2017.
Thus, the net profits referred to in the first paragraph of the said article are determined by the difference between the paid amounts by the insurance company to the insured or to the contracting party and the value of the premiums relating to the investment and allotted to the constitution of the funds. Shall not be included however in the calculation of these premiums:
– Life insurance premiums.
– Commissions paid to brokers and intermediairies.
– All expenses collected by the insurance company.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has issued the here below Decision No. 243/1 dated 07/06/2020 published in the Official Gazette No. 44 dated 12/11/2020 relating to the determination of the implementing provisions of the Law No. 160 dated 05/08/2020 concerning the exemption of donations granted for the benefit of public administrations, institutions and municipalities funded by sources in Lebanon due to the spread of the Coronavirus.
In fact, are exempt from all taxes and fees, import operations related to donations received by the administrations of the State, public institutions and municipalities granted by internal sources in order to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus, provided that the donations are accepted in accordance with the laws and rules in force.
In order to benefit from the said exemption, the following conditions must be met:
– The donation must be used exclusively to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus;
– A draft form of putting in local consumption IM4 should be organized, and the legal documents necessary for customs clearance of the goods should be attached, in particular the text relating to the acceptance of the donation, in accordance with legal principles, provided however to obtain the authorization allowing to include the code 200 to the list of cases which benefit of the exemption or reduction of fees provided for in cell No. 37 of the customs declaration.
– The party benefiting from the exemption must mark the draft import declaration indicating that the goods that shall be exempted are intended to be used exclusively to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus. In the event that the imports are part of the financial donation, the form should also be marked by indicating that the goods that shall be exempted are purchased from the granted donation.
– Following the completion of the form’s several steps, the donations shall be registered in a special exemption register before the Beirut Customs Presidency, in return of a commitment from the concerned parties to present a receipt certificate within three months as of the date of exit of the goods from the customs.