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October 2017
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Rus­sia and Ja­pan sign Double Tax­a­tion Avoid­ance Con­ven­tion
The Rus­si­an Pres­id­ent and the Ja­pan­ese Prime Min­is­ter signed the Con­ven­tion for the Elim­in­a­tion of Double Tax­a­tion with re­spect to Taxes on In­come and the Pre­ven­tion of Tax Eva­sion and Avoid­ance (the “Con­ven­tion”) on 7 Septem­ber 2017.
CMS ad­vises PJSC Uralkali on their $850 mln pre-ex­port...
Leg­al en­tit­ies ob­liged to dis­close their be­ne­fi­ciar­ies with­in five...
De­cree No. 913*, which has ap­proved the rules that ob­lige leg­al en­tit­ies to dis­close the in­form­a­tion about their be­ne­fi­cial own­ers (the “De­cree”), came in­to force on 18 Au­gust 2017. The new rules set out the pro­ced­ure and time­frame with­in which leg­al en­tit­ies.
Rus­sia in­tro­duces li­ab­il­ity for fail­ure to ad­opt product...
Pub­lic Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­port­ing; Tax­pay­er­s' Rights
Ap­pro­pri­ate Use of Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­ports The OECD has now pub­lished Guid­ance (avail­able here) on the ap­pro­pri­ate use of Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­ports (‘Cb­CRs’) by na­tion­al tax au­thor­it­ies. This is in re­sponse to some val­id MNE con­cerns that tax au­thor­it­ies.
Trans­fer pri­cing court prac­tice de­vel­op­ment: the first...
Man­dat­ory IP dis­putes pre-tri­al set­tle­ment pro­ced­ures
As we pre­vi­ously re­por­ted, many dis­putes have since 11 Ju­ly 2017 been ex­cluded from the scope of the man­dat­ory pre-tri­al dis­putes set­tle­ment pro­ced­ure that took ef­fect on 1 June 2016 in Rus­sia. Cer­tain types of IP dis­putes were not ini­tially ex­cluded from the.
Tax anti-ab­use rule: an at­tempt at do­ing the im­possible...
Rus­sia in­tro­duces li­ab­il­ity for fail­ure to ad­opt product re­call meas­ures
The amend­ments* to the Code on Ad­min­is­trat­ive Of­fences of the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion came in­to force on 30 Ju­ly 2017. The amend­ments have es­tab­lished li­ab­il­ity for fail­ure to take product re­call meas­ures. Pre­vi­ously, there was no such li­ab­il­ity in the Rus­si­an le­gis­la­tion.
The Su­preme Court’s new cla­ri­fic­a­tions on dis­putes...
Trans­fer pri­cing court prac­tice de­vel­op­ment: the first pos­it­ive de­cision...
The Mo­scow Com­mer­cial Court on 16 June 2017 took the first pos­it­ive de­cision* in fa­vour of a tax­pay­er in a case re­lat­ing to the ap­plic­a­tion of the Rus­si­an trans­fer pri­cing (“TP”) rules un­der Sec­tion V.