Russian president Putin enacts capital Amnesty 3.0

Russian president Putin enacts capital Amnesty 3.0
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law Russia's third capital amnesty
By bne IntelliNews May 30, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a package of laws and decrees that prolong the ongoing capital amnesty and repatriation drive from June 1 2019 to February 29 2020, Vedomosti daily said on May 30 citing state legal information portal.

As detailed by bne IntelliNews previously this year, this will be Amnesty 3.0, and is especially designed to boost special zones in Russia’s Kaliningrad Region and Primorsky Region, or so called Special Administrative Regions (SAR), recently established domestic offshore zones

Under the package amending Russia’s Tax Code and the Code of Administrative Offences, individuals will be able to declare their assets and bank accounts from June 1, 2019 to retaining all their guarantees in exchange for repatriation of funds and state registration of foreign companies they control in SARs.  

The capital amnesty participants will be exempt from personal income tax, which is imposed on the profit of a foreign company under his or her control, provided that the taxpayer was not recognized as a tax resident of the Russian Federation for the tax period 2018 year.

To remind, the first capital amnesty, Amnesty 1.0, was officially held in Russia from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, but in fact was supposed to last until December 31, 2015 and then extended for another six months. 

The initial amnesty required the repatriation of property located in countries that do not share information with Russia, but the requirement for repatriation was subsequently abolished. About 7,200 special declarations were filed during the first stage, which was less than expectations.

There are an estimated 100,000-150,000 dollar millionaires, which is the “target audience” of the amnesty.
The second capital amnesty was extended for the period from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019 by Putin’s orders. The conditions of the second version were a repeat of the first with some changes in favour of the declarant.

Amnesty 2.0 allowed individuals to voluntarily declare real estate, vehicles, securities, accounts in foreign banks and controlled foreign companies (CFC), which freed them from tax, administrative and criminal liability for tax evasion and customs duties, as well as for non-compliance with the requirements of legislation on currency regulation and currency control in respect of the property (sources of its acquisition), bank accounts and the CFC indicated in the declaration.