Corporate - Income determination

Last reviewed - 20 January 2023

Resident legal entities are taxed on their worldwide income, while non-resident entities are taxed on their Moldovan-sourced income. Taxable income is computed as accounting profit adjusted in accordance with tax legislation.

Inventory valuation

Under the National Accounting Standards, the following inventory valuation methods are mandatory: specific identification, first in first out (FIFO), last in first out (LIFO), and weighted average cost.

Assets are generally valued at their acquisition cost, production cost, or market value.

Capital gains

Transactions with capital assets performed by the companies are subject to general taxation rules.

Dividend income

Starting 1 January 2021, dividends paid by Moldovan legal entities to other Moldovan legal entities from profit earned since 2012 do not represent taxable income.

Distribution of dividends from profit earned during the period between 2008 and 2011 are subject to final WHT of 15%.

Dividends received by Moldovan legal entities from foreign legal entities are included in taxable income and taxed according to general established rules. According to Moldovan legislation, the beneficiary of such dividends is entitled to a credit for the tax paid in the foreign country, within certain limits.

Interest income

In general, the interest income derived by legal entities is included in the total taxable amount and taxed at the applicable 12% CIT rate.

Royalty income

Royalties are defined as payments of any kind received in consideration for the use of, or the right to use, any copyright and/or ancillary right of a literary, artistic, or scientific work, including moving pictures, patent, trademark, design or model, plan, software, secret formula or process, or for information concerning industrial, commercial, or scientific expertise.

The following specific types of payments are not considered royalty under the Moldovan tax law:

  • Payments for software purchase, intended solely for the operation of that software, including its installation, deployment, storage, customisation, or updating.
  • Payments for the full acquisition of a software copyright or a limited right to copy it solely for the purpose of its use by the user or for the purpose of selling it under a distribution contract.
  • Payments for obtaining the rights to distribute a product or service without giving the right to reproduction.
  • Payments for access to satellites through the hiring of transponders or the use of cables or pipelines for the transport of energy, gas, or oil, where the customer is not in possession of transponders, cables, pipes, fibre optics, or similar technologies.
  • Payments for the use of electronic communications services in roaming agreements, radio frequencies, and electronic communications between operators.

In general, royalties derived by legal entities are included in the total taxable amount and taxed at the applicable 12% CIT rate.

Exchange gains and losses

Revenues obtained from foreign exchange differences are included in taxable income. Foreign exchange losses are CIT deductible in the period they are incurred.

Non-taxable revenues

Moldovan tax law provides for the following main types of non-taxable revenues:

  • Contributions to the capital of an entity.
  • Income earned while benefiting from income tax incentives.
  • Money received from special funds in the form of grants from government-approved programmes.
  • Income from revaluation of fixed and other assets and from reversing impairment losses on depreciation of fixed and other assets.
  • Income from reversal or recovery of expenses and reversal of accruals that have not been previously deducted for tax purposes.
  • Income obtained under international projects and grants that contribute to the long-term development of education and research.

Foreign income

Resident legal entities are taxed on their worldwide income. The legal entities, under certain conditions, can benefit from tax credits provided under a double tax treaty (DTT) or can apply for unilateral tax credits against income tax paid in any foreign country if this income is subject to taxation in Moldova. Such tax credit shall not exceed the amount that would have been estimated at the CIT rate applicable in the given tax period. Otherwise, there is no specific tax deferral regime.