Key Changes in Bosnia and Herzegovina Tax Laws: New Rulebook on Tax Opinions Explained

Remaining up to date with regulatory changes is crucial for businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina to adeptly handle tax requirements. The new Rulebook on Opinions of the Tax Administration, published on May 3, 2024, in the “Official Gazette of FBiH” (number 32/24), introduces a framework for three types of tax opinions: Previous, Specific, and General. Understanding these is essential for compliance and informed decision-making.

The Rulebook introduces three different types of tax opinions:

    Previous Tax Opinion:

    The Previous tax opinion serves as the Tax Administration’s assessment for a specific taxpayer regarding the potential consequences of a transaction that has not yet occurred. This opinion holds significance in proceedings and is treated as confidential information. Notably, it cannot be issued if an inspection is underway. To obtain a Previous tax opinion, taxpayers must submit a formal request on the prescribed form. This must be accompanied by a fee of 100 KM. The Tax Administration typically issues this opinion within a timeframe ranging from 30 to 90 days.

    Specific Tax Opinion:

    In contrast to the Previous tax opinion, the Specific tax opinion is informational in nature and addresses specific taxpayers. It provides guidance on the tax treatment of transactions, including those that have already taken place. Unlike the formalized process for the Previous Tax Opinion, the Specific Opinion is submitted in a free-form manner. The fee for issuance is relatively nominal at 5 KM, with a preparation deadline ranging from 30 to 60 days.

    General Tax Opinion:

    The General tax opinion reflects the Federal Ministry of Finance’s stance on tax matters where existing regulations lack clarity. It is issued to provide guidance for concrete as well as hypothetical scenarios. The production period for a General tax opinion aligns with that of the Previous opinion, ranging from 30 to 90 days.

    To sum up, the publication of the new Rulebook on tax opinions marks a significant step in providing clarity and guidance to taxpayers navigating Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tax landscape. Understanding the nuances of the three types of tax opinions — Previous, Specific, and General — is essential for businesses and individuals alike to ensure compliance and make informed decisions. As these regulations come into effect, consulting with tax professionals can help streamline processes and mitigate risks associated with tax matters.

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    Peulić Andrea

    Andrea Peulic
    Payroll Specialist, EOR and Junior Accountant
    Eurofast Banja Luka