Legal changes to the average reference prices for the sale and purchase of buildings for residential purposes in Albania

According to decision no. 457 dated 26.07.2023, “For some changes in the Methodology of Determining the Taxable Value of Real Estate “Building”, of the Tax base for Specific Categories, the nature and Priority of Information and Data for the determination of of the Tax Base, as well as of the Criteria and Rules for the Alternative Assessment of the Tax Obligation as amended”, the average reference prices for the sale and purchase of buildings for residential purposes in Albania have been changed drastically in some of the territory areas, especially for the Municipality of Tirana.

The biggest increase of 76% compared to 2019 was experienced by “area 7/4”, which includes the roads from the “New Ring”, the “Flour Factory”, the former Aviation Field and Yzberisht. This was followed by a very high increase for the Area of Farka (73%), Petrela and Peza (60%) and further according to the following table:

The average reference prices for the sale and purchase of buildings for residential purposes are expressed in Lek/square meter according to the cities in Albania and according to the relevant areas in the Municipality of Tirana, where the most significant changes have occurred.

As a result of the increase in the sale and purchase average prices of buildings, the minimum reference prices for rental contracts of businesses also increases to the same extent, for which, the businesses will have to declare and pay a higher withholding tax for rent, for those cases where they have concluded a rental contract with a price very close to the minimum allowed by law from the previous DCM.

All entities should review the rent contracts and WHT declarations on Rent to check if they are affected by the new reference prices of buildings as per their territorial area.

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Fiscal treatment for free items/ gifts – Sale invoice procedure in Albania

Law No. 92/2014 “On VAT in the Republic of Albania” Article 9 “Supply of goods against payment”, defines: “The supply of goods is considered to be carried out against payment, in whole or in part, if the supplier directly or indirectly receives or has right to receive payment in cash or in kind for that supply, whether from the person supplied or any other person”

As above, the goods which are given free of charge, based on a contractual relationship between the parties, the supply will be subject to VAT, since the agreement between the parties does not affect the implementation of laws in the fiscal field.

Supply of goods against payment are considered:

1) The items given for free or on promotional discounts
2) The items self-consumed by the company

The company cannot issue the invoice for products that are given for free at a price not less than the purchase price (described below what is included in purchase price).

Referring to the aforementioned legal framework, the fiscal treatment of free products for VAT and profit tax purposes will be such that THE TAXABLE VALUE will include all the elements defined in the provisions of the law that constitute the taxable value.

What is included in the TAXABLE VALUE?

Specifically, Article 39 “Taxable value”, defines that: The following elements are included:

  • custom taxes, duties, fees and similar payments, with the exception of VAT.
  • secondary costs, such as commission, packaging, transport and insurance costs that the supplier charges to the buyer or customer.
  • for the purposes of letter “b”, of this point, those foreseen in separate agreements are also considered as secondary expenses.

When a taxable person receives goods that are part of the assets of the business, for his private purpose or that of his staff, or for purposes other than those of his economic activity, if that he has fully or partially deducted the VAT on the purchase of this product or the elements that make up the product.

Supply of goods against payment are NOT considered:

3) Samples

Instruction no. 6, Date 30.01.2015 “On value added tax in the Republic of Albania”, Article 16 “Determination of gifts of small value and samples”, defines that: “In points 3 and 4 of the article 9 of the law are not considered as supply against payment cases where a taxable person uses, business goods such as gifts of small value or samples.

As the supply of samples is not considered a “supply of goods against payment”, the fiscal treatment does not require for the invoice to be issued with VAT. That is why a sale invoice of sample products can be issued with 0 (value).

For the purposes of applying the provided provision, sample are considered those objects directly related to the performance of activities of taxable persons, which are offered to consumers, regular or potential customers and are not for sale purposes. These objects are not for sale purposes or are not sold, as they are in a condition that makes it impossible to sell them. The goods that are given as business samples must be marked as such and must have a different shape or packaging compared to the goods that are intended for sale”

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Albania’s SMEs and the creation of state policies in their support

In order to support and develop micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the enterprise development fund was created, which is financed from the state budget and administered by the Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA).

The fund is used for awarding grants to SMEs, in order to implement programs aimed at increasing competitiveness, craftsmanship, the development of learning about the enterprise, the development of new products and services as a result of research and development, the development of enterprise skills , innovation, technology renewal, internationalization and development of SMEs and support of women entrepreneurs.

According to decision No. 540, dated 29.7.2022 of the Council of Ministers, the fund for the development of micro, small and medium enterprises, from the state budget for 2022, was in the amount/value of 105,000,000 ALL (one hundred and five million LEK) and has been met in the amount of 70,000,000 ALL (seventy million LEK) from current expenses and 35,000,000 ALL (thirty-five million LEK) from capital expenses of program 04130, “Support for economic development”, of the Ministry of Finance and Economy.

Which enterprises are considered SMEs in Albania?

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises are the totality of enterprises in which less than 250 people are employed and realize a business figure or a total annual revenue not greater than 250 million ALL. The data on the number of employees and the turnover value are obtained from the annual financial statements filed for publication with the relevant authority where they are registered, in accordance with the legislation in force on accounting and financial statements.

Type of enterpriseNo. of employeesTotal Annual Turnover
Micro enterpriseless than 10 employeesnot greater than 10 million ALL
Small enterpriseless than 50 employeesnot greater than 50 million ALL
Medium enterprise50-249 employees50-250 million ALL

The general criteria for benefiting from budgetary financial support for SMEs are:

  • be natural or legal persons, registered in the commercial register, for no less than 12 months;
  • not be in bankruptcy process;
  • have regularly paid the mandatory health and social insurance;
  • not have obligations to the customs and tax authorities at the time of submission of the request for benefit from the fund;
  • to have submitted the statement in accordance with the provision given in Article 5 of this law.

Determination of the amount of benefit, criteria and special conditions of benefit for SMEs are defined every year by decision of the Council of Ministers.
The granting of state support to SMEs, regardless of the above definitions, can be based only on the fulfillment of the criterion of the number of personnel, in accordance with the provisions in force for state aid.
The forms of state support provided to micro, small and medium enterprises mainly include:

a) financial support from the state budget;
b) financial support from domestic or foreign development partners;
c) state loan guarantee in accordance with the legislation in force on state borrowing, state debt and state loan guarantees in the Republic of Albania, etc.;
d) public services for micro, small and medium enterprises.

Enterprises are also classified for statistical purposes based on the number of employees. The classification appears as in the table below:

Type of enterpriseNo. of employees
Micro enterpriseless than 10 employees
Small enterpriseless than 50 employees
Medium enterprise50-249 employees

Legal basis:

  • Law No. 43/2022 For the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    • Instruction No. 24, dated 12.7.2022 On the Method of Data Calculation and the Declaration Model of the Category of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    • Decision No. 540, dated 29.7.2022 For the Determination of the Amount of Benefit, Criteria and Special Conditions of Benefit for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, for the year 2022

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