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Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency introduces PIN codes to keep up with tax affairs

November 22 2012, 12:40 Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency is offering taxpayers the opportunity to get personal identification codes, free-of-charge, that will enable them to check key aspects of their tax affairs without paying for electronic signatures. The system is scheduled to take effect from February 1 2012. The agency is already accepting applications. Information that users, including individuals and companies, will be able to check will include what kind of employment contract has been registered – a labour or civil contract, meaning, respectively, full or part-time; the income declared and what insurance contributions have been transferred. To apply for the service, taxpayers should go to the relevant territorial directorate of the National Revenue Agency.

According to a report by Bulgarian National Television (BNT), which interviewed some of those who had applied, the process takes a few minutes before the 12-digit unique code is issued. The National Revenue Agency office in Plovdiv told BNT that in recent years, an increasing number of employees had taken in interest in whether their employers were being accurate in what they declared to the agency. The agency said that one of the reasons that it was important to check was, for example, to ensure that the correct pension and medical contributions were being paid. The information will be available from February 1 through the National Revenue Agency website and by phone to the NRA call centre, 0700 18 700. This information, further, includes the amount on which they are insured, data in their individual account for additional compulsory pension insurance, with which pension fund they are insured and the amount accrued to date, contracts declared by employers and other legal persons.