Moscow. May 16. State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin has said it will not support proposals for increasing the tax to incomes of physical persons and the value-added tax if they are received.
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“This decision was not taken (. . .), anyway, at the senior levels, and such were never spoken. As for me personally, I was and am against, if such proposals are to be heard”, – said Naryshkin reporters on Monday, responding to journalists ‘ questions.
The topic was commented by the Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov. According to him, the Agency is not currently preparing proposals for tax increases.
“Such calculations we do not do, initiatives or assignments there,” he said.
The representative of the Ministry stated that “the official order, the Ministry has not acted on this issue”. Referring to the position of the Ministry on this subject, he reminded that earlier the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev said that “to discuss the issue of introducing a progressive scale of tax on income of natural persons does not even need beyond 2018”.
According to Siluanov, the “existing taxes and their current rates provide funding adopted by the government commitments. From the point of view of the Ministry of Finance, need to work with the costs of the individual taken in the fat years of high oil prices expenditure commitments need to revise, some to drop,” said the Minister.
He also stressed that “the Ministry of Finance for the issue of unraised taxes is not just a question of filling the Treasury, is the question of predictability of economic policy, improve the investment climate and creating conditions for economic growth.” “From our point of view, it is necessary to avoid increasing the tax burden in the country in the coming years, and if possible – to use all available opportunities to reduce it, primarily for small businesses and new investment projects. But you need to work on improving cost efficiency”, – concluded Siluanov.
Earlier Western media reported that the Russian Federation after 2018, an increase in personal income tax and VAT.
In particular, the newspaper The Wall Street Journal, citing Russian officials said that the Russian government is discussing the possibility of implementing a series of unpopular tax measures after the presidential elections in 2018. It was about the introduction of a progressive scale of tax on income of individuals or improving the current single rate from 13% to 20%.
According to the newspaper, we also consider the possibility of increasing the VAT rate.