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By Sergei Gorbylev, Lawyer, Law Firm “Yukov, Khrenov & Partners”- Yukov, Khrenov & Partners
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Paying tax based on the cadastral value vs. implementing the principle of a stable business environment
Authors: Andrey Nikonov, Senior Partner; Natalya Faizrakhmanova, Senior Associate; Egor Lysenko, Head of Siberian office on Krasnoyarsk; Sergey Sosnovsky, Head of St. Petersburg's practice "Tax law and tax disputes", Pepeliaev Group On 30 May 2014 the Plenum of the Russian Supreme Commercial ('Arbitration') Court adopted a Resolution concerning issues arising when VAT is being charged . With this explanation adopted, significant changes will be introduced to the practice of implementing chapter 21 "Value-added tax" of the Russian Tax Code. Please note the most important provisions of the Resolution which entail material risks or create fresh opportunities.
SUBSIDIES FOR CAR MANUFACTURERS Alexander Strizhov, Associate On 6 July, with the adoption of the Customs Code of the Customs Union, a unified customs territory was formed bringing together the customs territories of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Goods originating in the territories of the Customs Union's member states, as well as foreign goods released for free circulation in the territory of at least one of the member states of the Customs Union, may circulate freely within the unified customs territory with no customs formalities. The powers to set, change and cancel rates of import duty have been transferred to the Commission of the Customs Union, whose functions have been carried out since 1 January 2012 by the Eurasian Economic Commission.
Most Internet shops allow payments via Webmoney, BitCoins or local e-currencies, such as Yandex.Money. Effecting payments through these instruments provides obvious benefits for customers: convenience and timeliness, anonymity and security of payments, which do not require transfer of bank card data. It is no surprise, therefore, that CEO's of some Russian banks have said recently that the bank would compete with big Internet companies, the likes of Google, Alibaba, Amazon and Yandex. But how does the future reality, if it materialises, fit into the existing legislative framework?
The Russian Ministry of Economic Development has set the conditions for foreign goods to be admitted
For the attention of companies' general directors and heads of legal departments Pepeliaev Group advises that on 25 February 2014, the Russian Constitutional Court adopted Resolution No. 4-P in which it recognised as universal the position that an administrative penalty may be imposed lower than previously stipulated set out in Resolution No. 1-P dated 17 January 2013. However, the Court has imposed some limitations on it being applied.
News for employers: changes in the procedure for engaging foreign national employees and determiningAccording to the Moscow City Department of Labour and Employment, the following deadlines have been set for employers to file Applications:
AN ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR THE RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE TO PERFORM THE STATE FUNCTION OF LICENSING CONTROL OVER THE MANUFACTURING OF MEDICINES FOR MEDICAL USE For the attention of heads of companies producing medicines Pepeliaev Group advises that on 3 March 2014 the Russian Ministry of Justice registered Order No. 1607 of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade dated 4 October 2013 "On approving the Administrative Regulation for the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade to perform the state function of licensing control over the manufacturing of medicines for medical use" (the "Regulation").
The most significant legal changes in 2013 affected regulation of intellectual property rights on the Internet.