The head of the largest oil companies of Russia wrote to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin the letter in which asked to postpone the payment of excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel rising from 1 April, from refineries to gas stations, said on Monday “Interfax” with reference to the copy of the letter available to him.
“The nature of excise tax as an indirect tax in fact involves a shift in the burden of paying excise duty on the end user when implementing petrol stations”, — quotes Agency the text of the address. The letter notes that oil refineries are forced to compensate for the amount of excise taxes payable with the subsequent sale of petroleum products to consumers. “The receipt of excise duty from the purchasers of oil products in the sale price actually represents a significant diversion of funds of honest producers of quality motor fuels”, — stated in the letter.
Their signatures under the appeal was signed by the head of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin, the General Director of Zarubezhneft Sergey Kudryashov, President of “Bashneft” Alexander Korsik, the head and the main shareholder of LUKOIL, Vagit Alekperov, the General Director “Surgutneftegaz” Vladimir Bogdanov, head “Gazprom oil” Alexander Dyukov, General Director of Tatneft nail Maganov and the President of “Independent oil and gas company” Eduard Khudainatov.
At the end of February Vladimir Putin has signed a law raising excise taxes on gasoline from April for the second time in a year. The law envisages the increase of the excise rate on petrol from April 1 to 2 rubles. per liter (10 to 130 thousand rubles per tonne), diesel fuel — by 1 ruble. per liter (5 to 293 thousand rubles per ton).
With the proposal to levy excise taxes on fuels not sold by the refinery, and fuel sold at the pump, made in early March “Rosneft”. “This is perfectly natural because, in fact, the excise tax is a sales tax,” — explained the representative of the company (quoted by “Interfax”). According to the representative “Rosneft”, the transfer of payment of excise duty from refineries to gas stations put all market participants in equal conditions. “Right now oil companies paying excises on fuel that is not sold to end customer actually lend to the budget,” he said.
Higher excise taxes on gasoline from April 1 to may force companies to raise gasoline prices by about 2 rubles. per liter throughout the year, warned in February the first Vice-President of LUKOIL Vladimir Nekrasov. In March Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) issued a top-the Manager of the company a warning, saying that such statements can lead to violation of the Antimonopoly legislation.
In the FAS said that the change in excise will not result in unreasonable price increases for gasoline. The oil market is stable, and in this sense “shocks on it can be expected”, noted the Deputy head of FAS Anatoly Golomolzin.