Trunin: introduction of VAT for overseas online shopping sites needs to be discussed

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The introduction of VAT for foreign online shops — a fundamentally new idea and needs to be discussed, said RIA Novosti Deputy Minister of Finance Ilya Trunin.

Whether to introduce a tax for foreign online stores?

  • No, this will lead to higher prices
  • Yes, these measures will allow us to compete in the market company a monopoly
  • I still don’t order products online

Results

  • 63.8%

    No, this will lead to higher prices

  • 18.1%

    Yes, these measures will allow us to compete in the market company a monopoly

  • 18.1%

    I still don’t order products online

All proygressive companies the Internet-trade (AKIT) had previously developed and submitted to the government a draft law on the introduction of VAT for foreign online stores. The project proposes to introduce a mechanism of VAT registration of foreign online stores by analogy with the law on «tax on Google». Tax for foreign the Internet shops offer set size is 15.25% of the final price of the goods.

«It’s all fundamentally new things, they have to first discuss and then make decisions,» — said Trunin on the sidelines of the forum «Support of Russia».

Now Russia has set the threshold for duty-free cross-border trade at the level of 1 thousand euros or 31 kilograms per month is the highest in the world the limit of duty free import of goods. For example, in Belarus had established norms similar to the European in which it is possible to import duty-free parcels only to the amount of 22 euros.

Russian officials previously have discussed the lower this threshold, the discussion also went into the framework of the EAEU. However, at the level of the EAEU, it is difficult to find a consensus on this issue. Thus, Kazakhstan was heavily in favour of 1 thousand euros, Belarusians — for 20-40 euros, Russia was ready for the intermediate size — 400-500 euros, said in April 2016 holding then a post of the first Deputy MAYOR of the Russian Federation Alexey Likhachev.

MIA «Russia today» is the General information partner of the anniversary forum of «OPORA Russia» «15 years together».

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