“Y”: Cabinet to discuss the introduction of a tax for AliExpress, Amazon and eBay

MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. The Cabinet is discussing the initiative of Russian online retailers to introduce a tax for their foreign competitors, including AliExpress, Amazon and eBay, according to the principle of the so-called Google tax, the newspaper “Kommersant”.

Association of companies the Internet-trade (AKIT) has developed amendments to the Tax code and the law “On information”, said a source familiar with their preparation.

Thus, it is proposed to introduce a mechanism of VAT registration of foreign online stores by analogy with the “tax on Google”, which entered into force on 1 January 2017. According to him, foreign companies, selling via the Internet in Russia, the electronic content or software, must register with the tax office to pay VAT of 18% along with Russian companies.

As said the interlocutor of Kommersant, the online platforms offering cross-border delivery of goods, the tax is proposed to be the simplified method, it is, according to the source, will be 15,25% of the final price of the goods. While the Federal tax service (FNS) will have the right to demand from the electronic trading platform to block the page of the seller not fulfilling their obligations to pay VAT. If no tax is paid, tax may apply to the court and Roskomnadzor, which, in turn, will direct operators to the requirement for the lock pages-defaulters. If the seller has paid VAT, it unlocks for three days after that.

The development of such documents AKITA publication confirmed Executive Director of the Association Artem Sokolov.

According to the CEO of eBay in Russia and emerging markets Europe Ilya Kretova, complication of procedure of sale of goods, more likely, will cause sellers to stop selling their products in Russia. In the cost of goods of foreign merchants have included the operating costs of store, national taxes and fees; moreover, fees for using online platforms and payment systems, he added.

The President of the National Association of remote trade Alexander Ivanov, in turn, said that the initiatives of the AKITA are prohibitive. He believes that the registration of taxpayers in the Federal tax will be de facto 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 registration,” – said Ivanov told Kommersant, adding that the Russian e-commerce segment is approximately 0.7% of the world. He is confident that “break the system” for such share can only companies for which Russia is defining the market. However, as he noted, in a world of such is not known.

According to the forecasts of AKITA, at the end of 2017, the share of cross-border trade in e-Commerce market in Russia will amount to 37%, and the amount of 420 billion rubles.