The government is considering the introduction of VAT for foreign online stores

The Federal tax service (FNS) is discussing with relevant agencies the issue of the introduction of value added tax (VAT) for foreign companies selling goods to Russians via the Internet. This was stated by Deputy head of the FTS of Russia Dmitry Satin as part of the Institute for Internet development working meeting of the tax service with representatives of the Internet industry on the issue of “tax on Google”, reports TASS.

“Yes, there are such plans, discussed with the authorities,” he said, responding to a question.

According to him, citizens of Russia, ordering goods via the Internet, then it is in the shop paid VAT, however, for orders from foreign online stores, tax is not charged.

“There definitely needs to apply the same approach [as in the case of “tax on Google”], to be paid VAT in the country of consumption,” added Satin.

He noted that there are other options of equal conditions for Russian and foreign online retailers. As an example he cited now debating the issue of lowering the threshold for duty-free trade.

Earlier, the idea to impose VAT on foreign Internet shops were sounded at the meetings of the working group on cross-border e-Commerce under the guidance of the presidential adviser on the Internet Herman Klimenko and President of the Association of companies of Internet trade of Alexey Fedorov, informs “Kommersant”.

As writes the edition, the President of “M. Video” Alexander Tynkovan argued the initiative was that of the 100 rubles received for the sale of goods in Russian stores, 16,5 RUB is in the budget, while the sales of foreign online stores Russians “in the budget is zero.”

The head of eBay Russia Vladimir Dolgov said at the time that is not itself a regulation large shopping Internet sites, where hundreds of thousands of sellers. According to him, to get them to register with the Russian tax system was “unrealistic.”

CEO for logistics and services Alex Vasilyev said that no salesman in China, VAT returns. According to him, if you enter a VAT registration in Russia, it will be double taxation.

According to Data Insight, which leads “Kommersant”, in 2015 the volume of cross-border e-Commerce grew by 88% in rubles and 28% in dollars and amounted to 160 billion rubles.