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“Mail of Russia” wants to impose a fee on purchases in foreign online stores

“Mail of Russia” proposed to introduce a fee for the purchase of goods in foreign online stores. Question details not yet worked out, but the fee can be on the level of VAT rates, said the sources.

“Mail of Russia” proposed to introduce a fee for the purchase of goods on foreign online marketplaces, which could become an alternative to VAT. This was told to the edition RNS the meeting in the Ministry of Finance. It was attended by the representatives of the AKITA,, AliExpress, eBay, “Mail of Russia”, Nike, EY, UPS, nads, FNS, EURASEC and others.

“It will be a payment, the sales tax that can be imposed instead of VAT” — said the RNS participant of the meeting.

“”Russian post” proposes to impose the special tax from parcels that were ordered online from abroad. It’s not VAT, although the size of the online collection can be comparable with the size of the VAT. To monitor the implementation of the collection on the market “Mail of Russia” offers via the logistics company jointly with the authorized customs operator,” explained the second source of RNS who participated in the meeting.

“Mail of Russia” proposes to introduce the concept of “authorized operator” — this status will receive a company among the major carriers with which foreign online trading platforms a contract for the delivery of parcels to Russia.

“Received offer to continue discussions in early December. And by the end of February or early March to determine the preliminary scheme according to which in Russia and will be governed by cross-border,” added another source.

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In November the President of Russia Vladimir Putin instructed the government by 31 December 2016 to consider the introduction of VAT and customs duties for foreign online stores.

With the idea to impose VAT for goods purchased through foreign trading venues, acts AKITA. There was estimated that VAT will allow the government three years to bring the budget about 300 billion rubles.

Another Association — NAMO — against the imposition of VAT for cross-border. There, in particular, pointed out that the Russian market in case of introduction of VAT for most foreign Internet companies will cease to be interesting. According to “Kommersant”, the Association invited Vice Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich to consider to enter for foreign online retailers sales tax in the amount of 8‒ 10%.

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