The Ministry has sent to the Ministry of Finance and the government office a proposal to include food to the number of items when you buy in the Russian shops to foreigners will return the amounts paid in the form of value added tax (VAT). About it reports “Kommersant”, citing a copy of the letter available.
Initially it was assumed that the right to a VAT refund will be buyers of non-food products of a minimum value of 10 thousand rubles. per prepared by the Ministry of industry and trade the document notes the inappropriate exclusion from the system of tax free food.
In a press-service of Gum, where part of Bosco “Gastronome № 1”, said that foreigners often buy “authentic” Russian products — black and red caviar, honey vodka, crab, chocolate and so on.
“If the minimum purchase amount for VAT refund is 10 thousand rubles., the tax free system will help to increase the average sale, considering the tourism focus of the deli,” — said the press service of Gum.
The CEO of the company “synergy”, producing popular among foreigners vodka Beluga, Alexander Mechetin does not expect the inclusion of products in the list of tax free a substantial increase in sales. “But these events created the right atmosphere for the promotion of goods of the Russian production”, — said Mechetin.
In turn, the General Director “globe GURME” Andrey Jakovlev has little faith in the effectiveness of the system of tax free in relation to food. According to him, caviar and Russian vodka foreigners can buy in the duty free shops at the airport or in other countries.
The experiment on introduction in Russia of the tax free system will be launched in early 2017. The first year the system will work only in stores of Moscow, the Moscow region, St. Petersburg and Sochi store at Gum shopping sites Bosco di Ciliegi, “Petrovsky passage”, Central Department store, Tretyakov passage, “Crocus city Mall”, DLT etc. in 2018 the VAT refund to tourists will be implemented throughout the country.