Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government until December 31 to consider the issue of collection of VAT and customs duties on foreign trading platforms that work online and sell the Russians the goods of foreign production. The corresponding order the head of state gave at the October Congress of “Business Russia”, reports “Interfax” with reference to the press service of the Kremlin.

As reminds Agency, the Congress, the head of state noted that the theme of regulation of the market the Internet-trade was discussed in the government. “The government is working on this, we are discussing this issue with our colleagues and partners in the framework of the Eurasian economic Union, because these questions are subject to the approval of this international organization. Go about understanding how, together, we must act in order and loss was not, and that this sector has grown efficiently,” he explained.

In turn, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that the creation of equal conditions for Russian and foreign market participants most preferred the option with VAT-registration order of foreign merchants pay VAT at the place of receipt of revenue and profit. A proposal, he reported, the Cabinet of Ministers may submit to the state Duma already in spring.

After the Congress of “Business Russia” Kommersant revealed details of the scheme of levying VAT on purchases of Russians in foreign electronic platform, which employs over Dvorkovich. It was assumed that “Mail of Russia” will inform the Federal customs service, tax, and foreign postal organizations on the delivery of the package to the buyer, then the seller will have to pay a tax of 18%.

Deputy Prime Minister, according to the newspaper, instructed the Ministry of economy, Ministry of Finance, FNS, in conjunction with business and community organizations until November 21 to “study the proposal of the Association of companies the Internet-trade (AKIT) in respect of the technology; sales of goods from foreign online stores, drawing attention to a study of technological and legal issues of implementation”.

Also, noted the publication, the government again raised the question of reducing the limit for duty-free import of the goods to physical persons by international mail. The customs service has proposed to reduce this limit from 1000 to 22 euros a month.

Earlier it was reportedthat the Association of companies of Internet trade, which in 2013 seeks stricter requirements for foreign competitors, proposes to charge VAT on those Internet retailers, whose revenue for the last three months exceeds 2 million rubles, which corresponds to the turnover of Russian online companies.

In the first quarter of 2016 , it became knownthat, despite the sharp drop in the value of the ruble, the Russians stubbornly prefer to shop in foreign online stores, and not domestic. In the first three months of 2016, citizens of the Russian Federation spent in foreign online stores up to 70 billion rubles, which is 106% more than in the same period last year.

The number of incoming international shipments with a commodity investment in the first four months of this year reached 48 million units, up 182% more than the year before. For comparison: the volume of orders in Russian online shops for the same period increased by only 3%.

Putin instructed the government to consider VAT for foreign Internet-stores and prepare a bill 08.11.2016

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