Looking for Best Tax Treatment of Oil & Gas: Fiscal Experiments Continued, 2018 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

January 16, 2019

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 16, 2019--The “Looking for Best Tax Treatment of Oil and Gas: Fiscal Experiments Continued” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The subject of taxation became the absolute hit of 2018. The government once again decided to rewrite the rules of the game.

President Putin’s new inauguration decree served as the main pretext. It turned out that about 8 trillion roubles extra was necessary for the new national projects announced. The Cabinet did not take long to decide where the funds should be taken.

The result was acceleration of the so-called tax manoeuvre started as far back as 1 January 2015. It suggested shifting the tax burden to the wellhead: the effect on the state budget of gradual abandonment of the export duty will be more than compensated for by quicker growth in mineral resources extraction tax (MRET).

The laws on tax reform have already gone through the parliament and will take effect as of next year. This means nothing good for companies.

Having lost the drafting stage when the texts of the bills were formed, the companies now try get at least some compensation. The Finance Ministry suggests that the law on additional income tax (AIT) should be viewed as such. It would seem the industry has long since dreamt of it.

It is a taxation system innovative for Russia that would make it possible to switch from taxing revenue to taxing profits. Oil companies fought for that for years. Today, however, they do not seem to be happy, not hurrying to switch to the new taxation system, but demanding that good old privileges should be kept.

The following questions are considered in detail:

Four years with the tax manoeuvre - the first results What has the new tax treatment resulted in for the state budget and companies?Preliminary financial results of 2018 Acceleration of the tax manoeuvre What are the implications for the industry? Excise refunds as an attempt to sugar the pill for the main victim, the oil refining sector Will new mechanisms be able to prevent growth in petrol prices on the domestic market or should direct government regulation be expected?Schemes of compensation to oil companies for the acceleration of the tax manoeuvre - the words and the deeds AIT - why do companies not want to endorse the experiment? A comparison of AIT with incentivesHow the law on AIT will be amended The fate of hard-to-recover reserves - will the new taxation system help start their development? What new amendments are to be expected in the near future? The government promises stability of the new tax treatment, but active rewriting of fiscal rules is under way even nowWhat novelties should the industry expect?

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