The government is discussing the idea to start blocking websites of foreign online retailers, which include such popular companies as AliExpress, Amazon and eBay, if they refuse to pay VAT on a “tax on Google”. Representatives of foreign Internet sites are sure that such measures will force the sellers to leave the Russian market.
Association of companies the Internet-trade (AKIT), which includes 37 major Russian retailers (Ozon.ru, Lamoda, “M. Video” and others), was asked to introduce a tax for their foreign competitors, writes “Kommersant” with reference to an informed source.
According to the newspaper, AKIT has developed draft amendments to the Tax code and the law “On information”, which will be deprived of foreign online stores the benefits in the form of exemption from VAT and customs duties the sale of goods worth up to €1 million and weighing up to 31 kg.
The authors of the project propose to introduce a mechanism of VAT registration of foreign companies, by analogy with the entered into force on 1 January 2017, the so-called “tax on Google”. However reckon it will be a simplified method — no 18% VAT, and is 15.25% of the final price of the goods.
In the case of nonpayment of the Federal tax service will be able to send the retailer the requirement about blocking of his site. If these measures do not work, then the tax authorities can go to court and Roskomnadzor with the requirement to restrict access to the web page of the seller.
According to the CEO of eBay in Russia and emerging markets Europe Ilya Kretova, AKIT proposed innovation will significantly reduce the range of products supplied to our country – the seller on eBay just put a check that does not deliver to Russia.
In turn, the President of the National Association of remote trade Alexander Ivanov says that the registration of taxpayers in the Federal tax will be virtually impossible. “For example, on Alibaba — 3.6 million sellers on eBay — more than 1.5 million, that’s only two largest marketplace, there are others. FNS are not physically able to provide such a registration,” he said.