Investment Incentives in Russia

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Incentives or guarantees

Forms of Aid
Some sectors can have reduced Customs duties or VAT.
It mainly takes the form of 6 Special Economic Areas with a defined sectoral aim set up in 2005. Companies setting up in these areas (described after) benefit from tax reductions: exemption from property tax and regional tax, rate of unified social tax at 14% instead of 26%, possibility of deducting more than 70% of research and development costs (in innovation areas), etc.
Privileged Domains
In 2005 the government created special economic areas of technological innovation or industrial production.
Innovations: microelectronics, nuclear technology, new information technologies and materials, petroleum chemistry.
Industrial production: household appliances, automobile industry.
Privileged geographical sectors
Dubna, Zelenograd, Strelma, Tomsk, Yelabuga, Lipetsk
Privileged Geographical Zones
Kaliningrad, Nakhodka, Ingushetia, Magadan
Nearly all the products imported in these areas are exempt from Customs duties. In addition, if the products are processed in these areas and the added value goes over 30%, they can be sent to other parts of Russia without Customs duties.
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Tax incentives offered to foreign investors

Special tax treatments
Technology and software companies may benefit from some tax concessions and up to 4% of reduction in the rate of profit tax and additional benefits are available for investments projects in certain regions. For more information on tax incentive programs you can contact the National Agency for Direct Investment and the North-West Development and Investment Promotion Agency.
Useful Links
National agency for direct investment
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Federal agency for the Management of Special Economic Areas

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