Russia has found a new way to make life difficult for business

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The government of Russia has prepared an extensive package of amendments to the Tax code, one of which concerns the status of the authorized representative of the taxpayer, write “Vedomosti”.

At present, it is enough to have a power of attorney signed by General Director and the seal of the company. In case of acceptance of amendments the following documents have to be notarized or to use “the electronic document signed by reinforced qualified electronic signature of the principal”.

Experts say that thus the authorities tried to find a way to reduce the number of cases of fraud when criminals make deals on behalf of the company using forged documents, seals or signatures. At the same time, the changes will significantly complicate the lives of business look largely illogical.

As pointed out by the Director, tax and legal, KPMG in Russia and CIS Anton Stepanov, to represent the interests of the company in the courts are still enough signatures and seals. To assure the power of attorney notary, the notary should come to the company Director, who may be on a business trip, on vacation, absent because of illness or be busy.

To cope with the new requirements, companies are advised in advance to obtain powers of attorney from several persons with the right of delegation of powers. Then the staff will have time to resolve the issues in the tax service in the absence of the Manager.

Another radical change will be a new format for filing. The Agency will no longer accept a document containing arithmetical errors or omissions, if they occur inadvertently or through no fault of the taxpayer. For companies, this situation is fraught with huge fines in the absence of real disturbances.

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