A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Fiscal Evasion

The financial crisis, followed by strict measures against citizens, marked a turning point in the public opinion. Before it, people took lightly the problem of so-called tax havens. However, during the crisis, governments began to experience a significant need for money, which affected ordinary people greatly. As a result of a series of leaks, such as the Panama Papers Case, concerning tax abuses by major players, citizens began to feel deceived, which led to strong public discontent, in response to which governments had to take necessary measures.

According to surveyed tax advisers, the number od cases of tax evasion — determination of illegal policies — is now insignificant, at least among large multinational corporations. Transnational corporations (especially those that are on the main stock exchanges) usually seek to operate within the basic tax planning, explains the tax partner of one of London’s law firms.

Nevertheless, tax evasion still leaves a lot of options for companies following the letter of law, although usually it is not its principle. Multinational corporations can use a variety of strategies, usually based on optimisation of the terrain, deductions, exemptions and tax rates provided by national tax laws, and assistance in accordance with applicable international agreements (such as double taxation treaties and the EU directives). These strategies can include measures from simple to complex.

According to the OECD, tax evasion strategies cost states about $240 billion a year. Researchers are announcing even higher figures, reaching $400 billion in the OECD and $200 billion in developing countries. It is assumed that the last group, which needs income most of all, loses 6-13% of the total tax revenue, even OECD countries lose from 2% to 3%.

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