Consumption/VAT/Sales Tax in Russia

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Nature of the Tax
VAT : Nalog na dobalennyu stoimost (NDS)
Standard Rate
18%
Reduced Tax Rate
The reduced rate of VAT in Russia is 10% and mainly concerns foodstuffs and children's clothes. A zero VAT rate is applicable (but is not limited to) to the following operations:
- export of goods to a destination outside Russia;
- transportation, loading/unloading and arranging of transportation, loading/unloading of exported goods performed by Russian organisations or Russian individual entrepreneurs;
- transportation, loading/unloading and arranging of transportation, loading/unloading of imported goods performed by Russian organisations or Russian individual entrepreneurs (except for Russian railway carriers);
- works (services) related to the transportation of goods in transit;
- some goods and services supplied to foreign diplomatic missions.
Exclusion From Taxation
Exports are not subject to VAT.
Imports of medical products, medicines and technological goods as well as income from medical services, sales of medicines, banking or insurance products are exempt from VAT.
Method of Calculation, Declaration and Settlement
The tax is applied to the sales price.
The declaration is made once a month unless the amount of tax is less than 2 million roubles; in that case it is made once a quarter. In general, payment must be made before the 20th of the current month.
Other Consumption Taxes
There are excise duties on many luxury goods, in particular on cars, motorbikes, alcohol and tobacco.

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