The Minister has asked the Finance Ministry to abandon the introduction of environmental tax

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Two committees of the Russian Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs (RSPP) has asked the Finance Ministry to abandon the introduction of environmental tax, to the statements published on the website of the RSPP.

The Finance Ministry plans to include in the Tax code, a new environmental tax, which will replace the current payment for negative impact on the environment (NVOS). The Ministry plans to convert into six different tax payments in the classification non-tax payments.

«Committee RSPP on a tax policy and environment management do not support this decision and believe that it generates substantial risks and negative consequences for the real sector of economy», — reads the statement signed by the heads of the committees, respectively, Vladimir Lisin and Oleg Deripaska.

In particular, in their view, a tax is contrary to the purpose of environmental regulation aimed at reducing the negative impact and, accordingly, the Board of enterprises. «Reducing the negative impact can be traced in the dynamics of change in payments of fees nvos, the volume of which in 2013 fell almost three times… in the large-scale modernization programs. With the introduction of the environmental tax motivation of the enterprises to reduce the Board by the ecological modernization of production will be destroyed», — explained in the statement, and points to the direct increase in the burden on business due to the inherent mechanism of indexation of tax.

In addition, the authors noted an increase in the administrative burden for taxpayers, since the tax authority will carry out reception of declarations and payments as well as debt collection and environmental authority – verification of the data included in the Declaration on environmental tax, «the result is a mode of «two Windows,» one tax». Another risk is the lack of a compensatory environmental payments, with the result that «the environmental authorities have the right to demand in addition to the tax paid compensation of environmental damage in full amount (excluding the tax paid)».

In connection with the above, as well as the fact that «the stability of the tax policy for the next six years is the most important and the most important,» Lisin and Deripaska think it necessary to abandon the development of this bill. In their view, need to develop «a comprehensive bill involving a complete codification quasianalogue and non-tax payments with the establishment of the features of their payment, indexing, administration, measures of responsibility of the payer and the offsetting payments to the account of the relevant events.»