Russian VAT rates and VAT compliance

Should you register for Russian VAT

There are detailed rules controlling the recording and processing of Russian transactions. These include guidelines on:

  • Russian invoice requirements;
  • Foreign currency reporting and translation;
  • Reverse charge rules and application;
  • Credit notes and corrections; and
  • What accounting records must be maintained.

VAT rates in Russia

The standard rate of VAT is 20%.

Russian VAT rates

Rate Type Which goods or services
20% Standard  
10% Reduced Reduced VAT rate on: foodstuffs; livestock; certain children’s supplies; medicine; water; books.
0% Reduced Exports and associated services; suburban rail passenger transport (until 2029).

Russian VAT returns

Periodic VAT returns must be submitted by all companies with a Russian VAT number, detailing all taxable supplies (sales) and inputs (costs). Returns are generally filed quarterly. Returns and any associated VAT liability are due by the 20th of the month following the period end.

Companies can opt to file VAT returns online or on paper, although in certain situations online filing is compulsory.

Foreign vat refunds

In Russia non-residents are not entitled to recover input VAT if they are not registered as a taxpayer in Russia.

Latest Russian news

Russia VAT rise to 20% Jan 2019

June 15, 2018

The Russian government has approved a VAT rise from 18% to 20% on 1 January 2019. It must next be ratified by the Russian...

Russia lowers VAT low value consignment relief

April 22, 2018

The Russian Ministry of Finance has proposed lowering the VAT-free threshold for goods imported into the country – ‘low value consignment relief’. From 1...

Russia VAT proposals following elections

March 28, 2018

Following the re-election of Russian President Putin, a number of changes to the VAT regime are being proposed to help meet election healthcare and...