KNOWLEDGE BASE

INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT

Investing in Russia

INVESTMENT STRUCTURES TO MAXIMISE AND PROTECT DIVIDENDS

The basic rate of Corporate Tax applicable to a Russian enterprise, or a foreign corporation with a permanent establishment in Russia, is 20%. This is made up of 2% payable to central government, 18% is payable to regional government. Regional governments have the power to reduce the regional element by up to 4.5%.

Capital gains taxes are calculated on the basis of gross proceeds from the sale, less acquisitions costs and depreciation (if applicable), are included in taxable income and taxed at the relevant rate as described above.

Withholding taxes are as follows:

  • Dividends 9% (15% if either the payee or recipient of the dividends is a foreign legal entity);
  • Interest: 0% on domestic payments; and 20% on payments to non-treaty countries.
  • Royalties from patents, etc. 20% (for payments to non-treaty countries; exempt for domestic payments);
  • Payment of other Russian source income to foreign companies 20% (ditto)

The former Double Taxation treaties of the USSR are still valid and include 64 countries. If the appropriate Double Taxation treaty country is utilised the standard rate of withholding tax on the payment of dividend can be mitigated to 5%.

From 1st January 2012 comprehensive transfer pricing provisions, which are in line with the OECD principles, have been introduced.

CONTACT A CONSULTANT

A bespoke 'offshore' solution can be complex and requires careful planning and execution. We therefore encourage our clients to contact us directly, without obligation.

While all of our consultants in our offices provide a Free Initial Consultation, the consultants listed below have particular expertise in this area and will gladly assist with advice on how to approach your unique challenge.

Alternatively, to select one of our multilingual offices, click here for a list of our office contact details or click on the button below and request that a consultant calls you back.

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Michael Clifford, FInstAM MIoD (Managing Director)
LONDON OFFICE
Tel: 
Mobile: 
+44 0 20 7317 0600
+44 0 77 6522 3353
Email: mclifford@ocra.co.uk
Christodoulos Vassiliades (Attorney at Law)
CYPRUS OFFICE
Tel: 
Fax: 
+357 22 556666
+357 22 556767
Email: cyprus@ocra.com
 
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