The President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov
The decision to raise taxes after the 2018 elections for President of Russia, assured the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.
“No decisions on this point, no dominant point of view on this point, and say, of course, this is impossible. Some existing programs that provide such, is also not” — said Peskov told reporters (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
The President’s press Secretary said that now hardly anyone will be able to predict exactly what will be the economic situation after the presidential elections in 2018.
On Monday, the newspaper the Wall Street Journal, citing its sources reported that the government is considering raising after the election of the President of income tax. According to a source publication, a progressive scale will mean an increase from the current 13% for people with higher incomes. Another official in conversation with the newspaper said that the authorities can keep a flat income tax, but to raise it to 20%. Both sources noted the possibility of raising VAT.
“There is a debate about how to make it so that taxes didn’t look excessive and not very much struck by the population”, — said one of interlocutors of WSJ.
In November 2015, the acting Finance Minister Anton Siluanov warned that the winner of the next presidential election will have to either raise taxes, or cut spending on “social”. “A difficult choice: either to seriously reduce net social expenditure, spending on education and health and thus leave the tax rate unchanged, or to follow the path of a greater volume of social spending, but to raise some taxes. This is a challenging public choice — the answer to this question should be in the next Russian President,” — said Siluanov.
At the end of October 2015, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said that under the current “inertia strategy” the state has no alternative to raising taxes.