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 188 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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Doing Business in Russia: Your Roadmap to Successful Investments

The KPMG experts acknowledge that Russian tax and civil legislation is constantly developing, so potential investors have to monitor both new legislative acts and court rulings. In the beginning of the report, the authors introduce measures for encouraging innovation and modernization in Russia’s economy, such as Special Investment Contracts (SPIC) and Regional Investment Projects (RIP), stressing their benefits for investors as well as required obligations.

Asserting that investors often face the problem of deciding which legal structure to choose for their business in Russia, the authors describe the most common legal structures, namely businesses conducting direct sales, distributorship contract businesses, representative offices or branches, Russian subsidiaries. Then, the authors outline procedures for registration of a legal entity, liquidation, and reorganization, and give an overview of labor regulations in Russia.

After that, the KPMG experts proceed to describe the principles and the current state of Russia’s tax system. The issues touched upon include a new approach to identifying unjustified tax benefit, current rules for imposing profits tax, property tax, withholding income tax, etc. The authors remind that the Tax Code provides special tax regimes under which a taxpayer is entitled to pay one single tax instead of numerous different taxes, and go on to explain the simplified taxation system, unified agricultural tax, unified tax on imputed income, etc.

In the last sections of the publication, the authors give a brief description of the principles of financial reporting and accounting in Russia, and clarify other financial aspects that might be interesting to potential investors.

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