Starting from February 1st, 2018, new rules shall apply with regard to the income tax exemption applicable to individuals that obtain salaries and similar income from software development activities. These rules are set under joint Order no. 1.168/2017/ 492/2018/ 3.024/2018/ 3.337/2017 of the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice, the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Public Finance, regarding the qualification as software development activity (the “Orders”), as published in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, no. 52, dated January 18th, 2018.
As of August 1st, 2016, a new category of employees is exempt from income tax on wages and other wage-related income. It consists of employees who carry out applied research and development activities and/or technological development activities, and the conditions for inclusion in this category are established by Order No. 4947/899/2018/1840/906/2016 issued on September 9th, 2016.