Foreign Companies Have Difficulty in Paying “Google Tax” in Russia
OREANDA-NEWS. RBC news agency reports that several foreign companies providing electronic services in Russia have problems paying so called “Google tax” (obligation of foreign IT companies to pay value added tax (VAT) on the sale of electronic services to Russian users).
Representatives of two international companies and tax consultants spoke about these difficulties with journalists. However, the publication does not say what companies have it.
Problems arose for a technical reason: Russian banks reject tax payments from foreign accounts due to the lack of full company details in payment orders. According to one of the interlocutors of RBC, Sberbank did not accept transfers from a company registered in Great Britain trying to pay tax from an account at Bank of New York. The press service of Sberbank confirmed that tax payments are rejected if all tax details are not indicated in the payment orders.
Yulia Orlova, a partner at Deloitte group, explained to journalists that there are fewer numbers in standard forms of payment orders in foreign banks than in correspondent accounts in Russia and budget classification codes (20 digits each). Because of it, companies do not have enough space to fill in forms completely.Earlier it became known that Russian companies can facilitate the receipt of VAT deductions from digital services that they purchase abroad. Now this procedure is complicated by the fact that foreign IT companies must register in tax accounting in Russia and pay VAT, but often they do not.