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Without Russia, why the owners take out employees in Latvia, Luxembourg and Cyprus

Without Russia, why the owners take out employees in Latvia, Luxembourg and Cyprus

Tags: Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Economy, Russia, Tax, Business, Opinion

decision-making center at the large owners transferred outside Russia. One of the reasons - a change in tax legislation.

Traditionally, entrepreneurs have widely used foreign jurisdictions to create companies for tax planning purposes. Often such companies were only "mailboxes": they did not have an office or employees, and the beneficiary had only constituent documents and a contract for services with the administrator. Directors of such companies could simultaneously act in this capacity in hundreds of similar companies. Through these structures, significant financial flows took place, which, in turn, influenced the effective tax rate of operating companies.

However, tax legislation and law enforcement practices around the world have evolved, and similar business models now entail serious tax risks for both operating companies and beneficiaries. This is the actual place of management of the company: if the company is actually managed from one country, then it must pay taxes in the same country. This, in turn, forces entrepreneurs to empower foreign companies with real functions and move management functions to the jurisdiction of incorporation of the company. There is such a thing as actual filling.

Previously existed essentially on paper only foreign companies are separate offices, and people who previously, employed in the Russian operating companies, are moving to foreign jurisdictions, where they become operational directors and employees of these companies. In fact transferred the center of activity and decision-making for the company. Countries such as Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg became the beneficiaries of the new Russian legislation. It is there mainly transfer their activities, as well as transport management team, large owners.

At the moment, there is a general understanding that the use of a company registered at the administrator and having a part of managers only nominees, is risky.

The tax legislation stipulates that a foreign organization whose management is carried out outside the Russian Federation is recognized as a foreign organization if its commercial activity is carried out using its own qualified personnel and assets in the country of its permanent location with which there is an international treaty of the Russian Federation on taxation, or in a foreign country the location of its detached units, with which there is an international the native contract of the Russian Federation on taxation issues (item 4 item 246.2 НК the Russian Federation).

Even before the entry into force of this provision of the Tax Code of the Federal Tax Service in the framework of inspections have already requested their foreign counterparts information about the presence of personnel in a foreign company, a summary of Directors information about the availability of a separate office, and the last shared the information.

However, there is no universal answer to the question: what should be the actual content of a foreign company. In this case, you must first of all be guided by the principle of "content takes precedence over form", as well as proceed from the real functions that performs this company. So, for example, direct investment and financial center of the filling will be different.

A popular question is under the theme: what content is necessary for the company, which on the balance of one investment or a loan. To find the answer to this question is interesting to refer to international practice, which has developed requirements for similar situations.

In particular, in the Netherlands there is a so-called substantial participation mode. This mode - a set of anti-uklonitelnyh rules that are used to understand, is it possible to apply the reduced tax rate to the dividend payable. Within the framework of these rules in detail studied business functions at the level of the indirect shareholder of the Dutch company in respect of investments: in particular, must have staff who are responsible for the operation or development of the investment business.

It is also interesting to turn to law enforcement in Austria: so for the purposes of the use of low tax rates at the source of payment of dividends is necessary to ensure that the owner of the Austrian investments perform any additional functions in relation to this investment, for example, provides advice on management issues. In the framework of control activities the Austrian fiscal authorities can also request information on the number of personnel and functional.

Very hard are the provisions of the German tax legislation. It is also necessary to prove that the German shareholder of the company, or the company, standing on the German shareholder of the asset has the required level of the actual content. In other words, a company is not only the directors but also the relevant personnel, skilled enough to carry this line of business.

The above examples are from countries with serious fiscal discipline and complex legal structures. But it was the use of similar mechanisms, in my view, to avoid disputes with the Russian inspectors. All this will lead to a significant appreciation of the foreign structure and here is it will be necessary to study the question of whether it is cheaper to contain a foreign structure or translate all the activities in Russia.

Dmitry Maples
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