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Tax treaties in Russia: 2016 updates

Russia has a quite extensive network of tax treaties, with the vast majority of tax treaties being conventions for elimination of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and on capital and the prevention of tax evasion and avoidance ( here and after – double tax treaties). As of January, 1 2017 Russia has 82 double tax treaties in force.

In 2016 Russia has strengthened its tax cooperation with Asian countries and made steps towards automatic exchange of information.

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What will the tax authorities learn?

Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information among tax authorities worldwide applies to 2016 data 

Today, 108 jurisdictions, including many tax havens (the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Seychelles, etc.), participate in the automatic exchange of financial account information. The sharing of data on capital gains, account balances, income from the sale of financial instruments and data on the beneficial owners of passive entities (for the year 2016 already) will aid in the effective verification of income tax returns and improve tax transparency. Consequently, tax authorities will no longer have to rely only on spontaneous exchanges of data or journalists revealing secret information and causing scandals the likes of the Panama Papers. 

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