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Gazprom have loaded with excises

Between the government and Gazprom becomes ripe the next conflict. The white house nap
  Gazprom have loaded with excises
Between the government and Gazprom becomes ripe the next conflict. The white house has directed to the State Duma the conclusion on the bill approved in the first reading of introduction in action of the second part of the Tax code. The government has suggested deputies to make to the second reading to the project change: the VAT and excises for natural gas are paid on shipment instead of after reception of money as it occurs now. Whether the State Duma will agree with such amendment, will dare on July, 19th.

Head of the Tax code in whom it is a question of duties, Gazprom quite arranged. Excises on natural gas on Russian and the foreign markets remained former (15 % and 30 % accordingly). And in the markets of the CIS decreased twice, from 30 % to 15 %: to Gazprom and to Itera it was possible to convince the government that at an existing debt for gas from the CIS countries the excise in 15 % is optimum.
now all has changed: in the governmental conclusion on the bill of introduction in action of the second part of the Tax code the requirement, according to which since January, 2002 " contains; Gazprom and Itera excises should pay for gas on shipment (as soon as gas will arrive to the consumer), instead of after reception of money as it occurs now.
Addressees of the Russian gas have run into debt the huge sum, about $6 billion In the White house consider that to Gazprom and to Itera even it is favourable to accumulate non-payments: debtors pay off with pleasure on barter which is difficult for supervising. It allows sellers of gas to leave from payment of excises. If they are paid on shipment budget incomes will increase. In Gazprom with the government have disagreed. at us too big non-payments, - have told there to the correspondent. - consider that we free of charge work two years. No barter will please .
it is necessary to notice that it not the first attempt of the government to force Gazprom to pay in the VAT and excises on shipment . Still two years ago the government submitted for consideration the State Dumas the bill of amendments in the law on excises which provided that excises will be paid for gas under this scheme. Then the Duma has not supported the government. But now deputies can this idea approve. Head Gazprom Rem Vyahirev has already sent to the Duma the letter in which has explained that introduction of payment of excises for gas on shipment probably only after transition to an advance payment or with introduction of practice of switching-off of consumers - debtors, otherwise such decision will lead to gas supply crisis . The question on an order of payment of excises will dare on July, 19th when deputies will pass the law on introduction in action of the second part of the Tax code.
IRINA - REZNIK