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Events and facts November 29, 2006

The year 2007 shouldnt become an obstacle for the fishermen work at sea

Such a declaration has been made by the president of the Association of the Primorye fisheries companies, Dmitriy Glotov, at the conference, dedicated to the issue of rates for the use of the marine living resources

The problem of the double taxation has been discussed yesterday at the conference, presided by the first vice-governor of the Primorye territory, Alexander Kostenko, by the leaders of the fishery enterprises of the territory, representatives of the APFIC, tax and control agencies.

The situation the companies now are in regard to the payment of taxes for the use of the marine living resources is a rather controversial. Sending out a vessel to catch, a company is to pay to the tax authorities the so-called rate for the use of the marine living resources, i.e. to pay a tax for a quota to catch, then a vessel gets a permission ticket, permitting to catch. Every ton of quota allocated to an enterprise is being taxed. However, if a company has a reason to re-distribute the quota allocated to other vessels, vessels fault either the catching conditions change, the fishermen have to obtain the permission ticket again, either to put the corrections in the previous one but to pay again the tax for the use of the marine living resources. Practically, the enterprises are paying twice the same rate. Article 36 of the Federal Law On fishing and preserving the marine living resources says that there is possible to introduce corrections into the permission. In the mean time the tax agency continues the practice of additionally adding the tax for the use of the marine living resources. Fishermen dont agree to pay the tax twice, they consider such an action unjustifiable, however at appealing to a court they dont find a support. In the mean time, the year 2007 is approaching, when the fishermen wont be able to sail to sea to catch, as at the condition of having indebtedness they wont get a permission to catch from the tax authorities. Thus, many fishery enterprises would be forced to stop their work. At the conference held, on behalf of the fishermen there spoke the general director of the Gessar company, the APFIC member, Viktor Ventsel. According to him, the fishery enterprises and the tax authorities have a different point of view at the problem. The tax inspection has stopped to accept the changes in the permission tickets to start from the beginning of the year 2005, the arbitrary practice of the Far Eastern District doesnt support to-day the taxpayers. It could lead to a situation when the well-to-do fishery enterprises, having indebtedness, wont be able to obtain a permission to catch. Whereas unfair companies, to start from the year 2007, may purposively declare the quotas in the valid permission tickets. According to the head of legal service of the NBAMR joint stock company, Natalia Kazakova, for a normal work of fishermen at catching its necessary to introduce amendments into the acting legislation, namely to remove all uncertainties in the reading of the Article 25.1 of the Tax Code of the RF, regarding the order of paying the rates for the use of the marine living resources. Such a work has been waged by the interagency working group to elaborate the amendments into the Article 25. However it will be finished only by the year 2008. The year 2007 mustnt become an obstacle for the fair fishermen to sail to sea, - has declared the president of the Association of the Primorye fisheries companies, Dmitriy Glotov. According to Serguey Shafatov, the Head of the Federal Tax Service Department of the Primorye territory, there arent situations its impossible to find the way out of. And the work to relieve the tension will be carried out with regard to this conference. The participants of the conference have expressed an unanimous opinion, that it should be necessary to continue to look for an optimal exit out of the situation created.


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