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Russia VAT rise to 20% Jan 2019

June 15th, 2018

The Russian government has approved a VAT rise from 18% to 20% on 1 January 2019. It must next be ratified by the Russian Parliament – which is likely to be a mere formality. The hike is less than the Russian 22% VAT threatened earlier. There will be no change to the reduced VAT rate …


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Russia imposes VAT on B2B foreign digital services

December 29th, 2017

From 1 January 2019, Russia will require non-resident providers of digital services to businesses to VAT register in Russia and charge VAT. Russia introduced VAT liabilities on offshore providers of electronic services to consumers in January 2017. For B2B transactions, the reverse charge was applied and the Russian taxpayer was responsible for reporting the VAT with …


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Russian VAT on digital services

November 8th, 2017

Since January 2017 (Federal Law # 244-FZ of 3 July 2016), non-resident providers of electronic services to Russian customers have been required to register for, and charge VAT.  This mirrors similar regimes in the European Union and other countries around the world. Income from services included within the definition of e-services includes: streaming video, music …


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Russia VAT rise to 22% January 2019

May 10th, 2017

The Russian Finance department has confirmed that it intends to raise VAT from 18% to 22% on 1 January 2019.  The rise will help fund an cut to the employees tax rate to 22% from 30%. The Russian government deficit has widened over the past few years with the decline of oil revenue taxes associated …


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Russia studies 22% VAT

March 26th, 2017

Russia is considering raising VAT from 18% to 22%. The rise in indirect tax would help fund a cut in employer social security levies from 30% to 22% to help reduce black economy employment.  The change would be implemented in 2019.  However, it appears that the VAT rise would fail to cover the hole left …


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Russia e-services VAT registrations

March 19th, 2017

Following the introduction of VAT on B2C e-services sold by non-residents from 1 January 2017, the Federal Tax Service has confirmed that 28 companies are registered. These include: Airbnb, Alibaba, Apple, Bloomberg, Booking, eBay, Google, Microsoft and Nintendo. VAT in Russia is .