The Government’s 2020 Legislative Drafting Plan includes the development of draft laws on amendments to the Russian Criminal Code in relation to persons being held liable if they breach the requirements for labelling goods using means of identification.
30 June 2020 is the extended deadline for an experiment to be conducted in Russia that involves checking the traceability of goods released in the territory of Russia under the customs procedure of release for domestic consumption.
1 January 2020 saw the coming into force of the updated list of states and territories that do not ensure the exchange of tax information with Russia (the Russian Federal Tax Service’s Order No. ММВ-7-17/511@ dated 11 October 2019).
The Russian Ministry of Transport has presented a list of sea ports that will charge a levy from entering vessels (draft order).
The Finance Ministry has prepared a draft of a Federal Law “On amendments to part one of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation (in terms of improving tax control over prices and the procedure for entering into pricing agreements for tax purposes)”.
The Russian Accounts Chamber has prepared legislative proposals for regulating non-tax payments.
The State Duma believes that commercial businesses should be exempted from taxes with respect to unsold products, and then they will be more forthcoming in donating such products to charity.
The President of the Russian Federation has appointedMikhail Mishustin, head of the Federal Tax Service as Chairman of the Russian Government. The latter, in turn, has allocated duties between the Deputy Chairmen of the Government.
The Prime Minister has appointedAlexey Sazanov, Director of the Finance Ministry’s Tax and Customs Policy Department, as Deputy Minister of Finance.
The Russian Federal Tax Service has clarified to what extent a tax secret may be disclosed when a person agrees to release in the public domain information about unformed sources with respect to the chain of suppliers of goods (work or services) for VAT deduction purposes.
The Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court for the Moscow Circuit has upheld the judgments of two lower-level courts, which supported the tax authority’s decision to impose on Erich Krause Finland the obligation to pay an additional RUB 45 million in taxes and fines to the government. When calculating profit tax the company unlawfully overstated its expenses by an amount equivalent to the value of advertising services that had allegedly been supplied to it by a Cypriot offshore entity.
The Moscow City Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Сourt has published the judgments relating to the dispute between MTS, a Moscow telecommunications operator, and VimpelCom with Inter-District Inspectorate No. 7 of the Federal Tax Service for Major Taxpayers. The companies were fined for refusing to provide the tax authority with billing data in relation to specific telephone numbers.