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Comprehensive Employment and Tax Guide Bulgaria

General Overview

- Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN)
- Languages: Daily and business communication in Bulgarian.
- Public Holidays: Total of 12 days national public holidays.
- Capital: Sofia
- Fiscal Year: Running from Jan 1 to Dec 31.
- Minimum Hourly Wage: BGN 3.40 (2023).

Tax Essentials

- Income Tax Range: 10%.
- Other Taxes: VAT 20%, Corporate tax 10%.

Social Security Contributions

- Employer Charges: From Approx. 18.5%.
- Employee Charges: From Approx. 12.9%.

Employment Contracts & Conditions

- Contract Types: Permanent, Fixed-term.
- Trial Periods: Up to 6 months.
- Paid Holiday: 20 days annually.
- Salary Payment Frequencies: Monthly.
- Termination Notice: 1-3 months for permanent, less for fixed-term.

Legal Benefits for Employees

- Medical Coverage: State (Basic healthcare).
- Common Non-Compulsory Benefits: Additional health insurance, meal vouchers.

Hiring Non-Resident/Non-European Workers

- Visa & Work Permits Obligation: Yes, for non-EU/EEA citizens.
- High-Skilled Worker Permits: EU Blue Card; requires a university degree and a job offer with a salary at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary.
- Visa & Work Permits Timelines: Up to 3 months.

The information provided on these countries serves as a general guideline and may
require verification and updates from legal sources or official websites.