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Argentina and Russia look to raise tax blocks on foreign e-commerce

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  • 30 January 2014 | Richard Asquith

Argentina and Russia look to raise tax blocks on foreign e-commerce

Both Russia and Argentina this week have raised the prospect of tax and compliance hurdles for foreign internet retailers.

Argentina under General Resolution 3579 21 January is now requiring all consumers to complete on online tax form (4550) for any acquisitions on a non-Argentinian hosted website.  The form must be matched to the payment of import duties and VAT.  The measure is designed to help boost local retailers.

Russia is discussing imposing a new 30% import tax on consumers buying goods from foreign websites.  There would also be a restriction on the number of parcels any single buyer may bring into the country per day.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.