Performance bonuses and amounts paid as profit sharing: definition of the criteria for the application of a 10% substitute tax
On 25 March 2016, the Minister of Labour and Social Policies, in agreement with the Minister of the Economy and Finance, has signed the decree provided for by the 2016 Stability Law, for the purpose of the determination of the criteria (i) to measure increases in productivity, profitability, quality, efficiency and innovation based upon which the corporate or territorial contracts shall correlate the payment of performance bonuses in variable amounts, as well as, (ii) to identify the amounts paid as profit sharing. Only observance of the above criteria will allow application of a substitute tax of 10%. The decree also sets forth the methods for the employers to achieve equal involvement of workers in the work organisation and arranges for the provision, via vouchers, of goods, services and company welfare. The decree is currently being examined by the Court of Auditors and will become effective following registration and publication in the Official Gazette. In consideration of the new provisions introduced on the matter by the 2016 Stability Law and the detailed implementing regulations provided by the decree, the labour agreements should be re-modulated accordingly for the purpose of the application of the reduced tax.