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Government approves the draft of the new Tax Code

12 September 2017, 11:00

Today at the meeting of the Government chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, the draft new Tax Code, which is aimed at stimulating the growth of SMEs and strengthening the financial sector of the country, was approved.

Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov reported that under the new Tax Code, the ideology of taxation has been changed, which will be aimed at protecting good faith taxpayers, stimulating different sectors of the economy and simplifying administration processes.

According to the new Code all the uncertainties and inaccuracies will be interpreted in favor of taxpayers. This principle will allow us to treat tax disputes fairly. It is also proposed not to apply fines and penalties if the taxpayer acted in accordance with the explanation of the tax authority, and on which the position subsequently changed. In addition, the business will be given more time to study legislative changes. It is proposed that all the amendments to be amended be consolidated by one draft law - this will enable the business to be aware of all changes to the tax code.

For the development of small and medium businesses it is envisaged to maintain the existing special tax regimes. At the same time, a new alternative mode of fixed deduction is proposed. This is beneficial for those who have high turnover, but low profit. The company will be able to deduct half of its revenue without confirmation, and if it starts keeping records of expenses, it will receive bonuses (deductions) for confirmation of expenses.

Also, under the "simplified declaration" regime, the requirement on the amount of income will be the same for individuals and legal entities. In addition, the patent reduces the rate from 2% to 1% - this is done to reduce the tax burden due to the introduction of contributions to CSHI.

In the sphere of subsoil use, investment in geological exploration will be stimulated. It is proposed to abolish the super-profit tax for the mining industry. It is planned to cancel the commercial discovery bonus in order to stimulate successful exploration. For marine and deep oil deposits, a simpler alternative to subsoil use tax is proposed.

In terms of the real sector of the economy, VAT benefits are offered for the automotive industry under a special investment contract (SIC). So, import of components (raw materials and materials), as well as turnover of sales of goods produced in SIC will be exempted from VAT. Also, the transfer of property in financial leasing is exempt from VAT if the transferred property is acquired without VAT and is included in the list of goods for SIC.

Also, a number of incentive measures are envisaged for improving the financial sector, attracting investments and increasing benefits to participants in special economic zones. In particular, it is proposed to extend the extraterritoriality regime for the PIT SEZ members for a period of up to 2028 and to link the conditions for the social tax benefit to the ratio of labor costs to total expenses.

In general, it is expected that with the adoption of tax innovations, tax disputes will decrease, the number of inspections will be reduced, and administration will be simplified. The tax policy will become clearer and more predictable.