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    can anyone recommend a good tax consultant ?

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    http://www.4bs.ru/

    I used them for some personal taxation issues. They were quite reasonable and easy to deal with.

    I think they would be fine for Russian-based business. I'm not sure for international business with transfer pricing, application of tax treaties, parent-subsidy loans, etc. They may have knowledge of that too, but I haven't used them for that kind of consulting.

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    can anybody help me with a good website/adviser/leaflet etc on how to get a working permit in Russia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wybrich de Haan View Post
    can anybody help me with a good website/adviser/leaflet etc on how to get a working permit in Russia?
    First you have to find a job, i.e. an employer that is willing to hire you and help you with the work permit application.
    You`d think that first you need to apply for a WP and then to search for a job, but no. First the job and then the WP.

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    re the taxes i think not 100% sure though highly qulified foreign workers are entitled to use residency rate 13% from the very begining

    If not then the higher rate should be applied (30%) till you not reach residency status (183 days in Russia)

    You tax deduction will be handled by the tax agent (your employer). Since rules changed it is not quite clear if they can apply the tax overpaymt appaered midyear for your future tax liabilities. As a worst case scenario you will need to claim the overpayment by submitting tax return to tax authorities once the tax year is over

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilya25 View Post
    re the taxes i think not 100% sure though highly qulified foreign workers are entitled to use residency rate 13% from the very begining

    If not then the higher rate should be applied (30%) till you not reach residency status (183 days in Russia)

    You tax deduction will be handled by the tax agent (your employer). Since rules changed it is not quite clear if they can apply the tax overpaymt appaered midyear for your future tax liabilities. As a worst case scenario you will need to claim the overpayment by submitting tax return to tax authorities once the tax year is over
    That's great news. There are a few threads on the forum about employers not knowing how to reclaim of the excess 17%.

    For anyone not on the highly paid specialist regime, it's also possible to apply for tax residence (and get the 13% rate), before starting work. I'm not sure of the exact conditions, but you can check with your tax specialist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidB View Post
    That's great news. There are a few threads on the forum about employers not knowing how to reclaim of the excess 17%.

    For anyone not on the highly paid specialist regime, it's also possible to apply for tax residence (and get the 13% rate), before starting work. I'm not sure of the exact conditions, but you can check with your tax specialist.
    Hm I am surprised to hear that employer don't know how to handle taxes. We have a detailed tax code I agree there was a great deal of ambiguity and several possible options but to deal with that there are tax consultants and tax authorities.

    Regarding using 13% upfron- it is not directly allowed in the low but at the same time will not be a gross violations since tax status and taxes need to be correctly calculated for the year end - I guess it can be a negotion point)

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    Does anyone have an idea how long the FMS takes to convert the single entry work visa valid for 3 months into a multi-entry work visa in tune with the validity of the work permit. I have been told it takes about 2 weeks but can also be done in 3-4 days on payment of US$ 500 as official fees to FMS

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    Does anyone have an idea how long the FMS takes to convert the single entry work visa valid for 3 months into a multi-entry work visa in tune with the validity of the work permit. I have been told it takes about 2 weeks but can also be done in 3-4 days on payment of US$ 500 as official fees to FMS
    Took about 1 week for me back in 2009. Not sure if there's a 'fast track' option because my employer did the exercise for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilya25 View Post
    re the taxes i think not 100% sure though highly qulified foreign workers are entitled to use residency rate 13% from the very begining

    If not then the higher rate should be applied (30%) till you not reach residency status (183 days in Russia)

    You tax deduction will be handled by the tax agent (your employer). Since rules changed it is not quite clear if they can apply the tax overpaymt appaered midyear for your future tax liabilities. As a worst case scenario you will need to claim the overpayment by submitting tax return to tax authorities once the tax year is over
    Apparently starting in 2011 all tax refunds must be handled directly between the individual and the tax authority, the company will not be handling this any more.

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