The Online application for sickness benefit in Cyprus

Fairfax announcing the new portal to submit an application for Sickness Benefit

The Fairfax team would like to inform their clients and associates The Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance in Cyprus have publicised that from the 7th of February 2022 to apply for the sickness benefit you are now able to submit this application online through the website http://www.mlsi.gov.cy/sid

How to submit the sickness benefit application?

In order to submit the online application for sickness benefit, it is necessary for the insured individuals to first create and activate an online profile on the electronic platform Cy-Login (Ariadni).   Once this is created and activated insured individuals can then proceed to complete and submit the application online.

From when can you still submit a paper application for the sickness benefit?

The Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance in Cyprus have emphasized the fact that the possibility of submitting an application in printed form will remain valid only for the next week (until 20th February 2022).   After this period the application for sickness benefit will be possible only through the online process as highlighted above.

You can find the official government announcement here (currently only available in the Greek language):

At Fairfax we specialise in the outsourcing of Payroll and service many international and local clients as well as individuals with all payroll related payments and queries.  Our team of experts are well trained and are keeping abreast of all changes to Cyprus legislation in regards to payroll and benefits.  If you require assistance in regards to payroll, tax or benefits or you wish to discuss outsourcing this function please contact our experienced team on call +357 25558025 or email accounts@fairfaxyeaman.com

Non-Taxable Individuals Exempt from Income Tax Declaration

The Council of Ministers have announced a new ministerial decree (No.288/2021), that individuals whose gross annual income is below €19,500 are exempt from submitting a personal income tax declaration for the tax year 2020.

As a reminder, in August 2020 the House of Representatives amended the Assessment and Collection of Taxes Law making it mandatory for all taxpayers to submit tax returns irrespective of their income level as from the tax year 2020.

Please bear in mind the article published by Fairfax on 21st April 2021 informing our customers that the electronic submission of the 2020 personal income tax return for individuals with a gross annual income of more than €19,500 has been extended to 30 September 2021.

The expert team at Fairfax are available should you require any further information or clarifications on this or any other tax issues on accounts@fairfaxyeaman.com or by calling +357 25558025

Extension of the Deadline for Submission of Employers and Individuals’ Income Tax Return

In April 2021 the Cypriot House of Representatives voted to amend certain provisions relating to the Assessment and Collection of Taxes Law 4/78.

They agreed in extending the deadline for submission of certain direct tax returns and payment of certain tax liabilities.

The changes are as follows.

‘Employees and Pensioners’ (Form T.D.1 employees)

The deadline for electronic submission of the 2020 income tax return of ‘employees and pensioners’ (i.e. those individuals completing form ‘T.D.1 employees’) has been extended from the end of 31 July 2021 to the end of 30 September 2021 and with a further extension to 30 November 2021 .

The deadline for the payment of the related tax via self-as and assessment has been extended to the same date.

‘Employers’ (Form TD7)

The deadline for electronic submission of the total 2020 payroll (Form TD7) has been extended from the end of 31 May 2021 to the end of 30 September 2021.

Settlement of second instalment of the 2020 provisional tax

The deadline for settlement of the second instalment of the 2020 provisional tax has been extended from 31st January 2021 to 30th September 2021.

For any advice or assistance in relation to the above please contact the expert team at Fairfax on + 357 25558025 or email accounts@fairfaxyeaman.com

Fairfax Joins the Cyprus Payroll Management Association (CPMA)

Fairfax, our specialist outsourced payroll, bookkeeping, accounting and HR services firm, is proud to announce its recent membership to CPMA – Cyprus Payroll Management Association.

About CPMA

Founded in 2019 by a number of recognised industry professionals, CPMA aims to study, research and train members in the payroll management sector. Areas of specialisation include taxation, social insurance, human resources, as well as other labour issues directly related to payroll.

In addition, the association aims to promote suggestions in laws, regulations and good practices in cooperation with relevant state authorities and bodies.

About Fairfax 

Fairfax is a well-established firm with a strong presence in Cyprus. Since its inception in 2014, the company has gone from strength to strength, offering high-quality, cost-effective outsourced services for local and internationally-renowned businesses with a presence in Cyprus.

Combining the latest tools and in-depth expertise, the team at Fairfax works meticulously to ensure all clients’ needs are met with in a professional, accurate and flexible manner.

Benefits of the Membership

The membership with CPMA will reinforce the quality of Fairfax’s specialist services, ensuring they gain access to immediate information on publications related to laws, bills, regulations and other information associated with payroll.

What’s more, by partnering with CPMA, Fairfax will have continued access to comprehensive information when dealing with payroll issues. This will enable the firm to contribute constructively to the formation of long-term development conditions in the payroll division, which will, in turn, provide added value for customers.

The goal of this collaboration is to equip Fairfax with all the tools it needs to continue offering state-of-the-art outsourced services. Through this collaboration, the team at Fairfax will benefit from the support and guidance of CPMA, giving them a wider range of solutions to various issues related to the payroll management sector.

Further, Fairfax will be better positioned to enhance their professional knowledge of the sector through various educational events, seminars and committees organised by CPMA.

Benefits of Outsourcing

With HR and payroll regulations constantly changing, these processes can be a time-consuming and complex endeavour, particularly since critical amounts of data must be meticulously input.

Penalties for errors, omissions or late filings can be extremely costly, while mistakes can often lead to audits and fines – something no business needs or wants.

Outsourcing payroll and other functions allows employers to focus on their core areas of business, which immediately frees up valuable time.

The Fairfax team remains on hand to assist any company in establishing their personnel from day one. All team members possess exhaustive knowledge of ever-changing government and employment rules and regulations, ensuring clients remain up-to-date with any complex changes in compliance, legislation or employment law.

If you would like to learn more please contact Fairfax on +357 25558025 or email accounts@fairfaxyeaman.com.

 

Fairfax Newsletter January 2021

Newsletter 001/2021

                                                10th January 2021

Changes in 2021

Social Insurance maximum insurable income increase, National Health Insurance System Contributions and change of Income Tax Legislation concerning the tax allowances

Fairfax Ltd wishes to inform all employers about the changes that will be put in effect in 2021.

SIF Insurable Income increase

According to the provisions of the Social Insurance Law of 2010 the rate of social insurance contribution is applied to a maximum level of earnings. The maximum level of yearly insurable earnings up to 2020 was €54,864, while from 2021 the maximum level of  insurable income will be increased to €57,408 per annum.

There will be no further change at the contribution rates currently in effect.

National Health Insurance System

Employer and employee contributions remains the same.

Employers continue to contribute 2.90% on the employee’s earnings, and the employees will contribute 2.65% .The employer is responsible for paying both their own and their employees’ contributions through Social Insurance or Income Tax Office Services, depending on the nature of income, by means of deductions/contributions on their salary.

It should be noted that NHIS contributions are paid on all employee earnings (as earnings are defined in the Social Insurance and Income Tax Law) up to €180,000. There is no indication now that the maximum income for NHIS purposes will be increased.

Tax Allowances

20% or Max amount of EUR 8,550 annual exemption

On 15th December 2020, an amendment of the article was put in force. The purpose of the amendment is to extend the application of the 20% tax exemption for expats working in Cyprus. The amendment of the article applies until the tax year 2030.

The exemption is available for a period of 5 years for employment commencing during or after 2012 and it applies from the tax year following the year of commencement of the employment.

How can we help?

Explore the benefits of engaging the Fairfax team to assist you by outsourcing your payroll function to us. Contact our them on +357 25558025 or at accounts@fairfaxyeaman.com.

Visit our website www.fairfaxyeaman.com

 

Many thanks,

Fairfax Team