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29 September 2020, 19:58

Lithuanian company fails to pay over Br2.9m in taxes in Belarus

MINSK, 29 September (BelTA) – A Lithuanian company has failed to pay over Br2.9 million in taxes on sales of scrap of non-ferrous metals in Belarus. The Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee has detected and stopped the unlawful activities of the foreign company in Belarus, BelTA has learned.

The committee found out that governing bodies of the foreign company were located in Minsk as well as the company seal, means to remotely access the company's operating account. Negotiations were held in Minsk. Documents on shipments of scrap of non-ferrous metals to Belarusian companies were signed in Minsk as well. Debit transactions in the operating account were performed as well.

Thus, a fixed place of business of a foreign organization with Lithuanian registration was located in Belarus' territory. In 2019 the company performed income-generating activities via this place of business and therefore was supposed to pay taxes to the Belarusian state budget. The company earned over Br9.2 million in sale proceeds thanks to income-generating activities in Belarus in 2019. The company failed to pay over Br2.9 million in VAT and profit tax to the state budget.

The Gomel Oblast branch of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee has opened a criminal case on charges of extremely large tax evasion.

Accounting records have been seized as well as computer equipment and other data storage media, seals, and means to control the operating account of the foreign organization that confirm the criminal activities of the suspects. The suspects' property has been arrested, including two vehicles and five real estate properties, until the damage is repaid to the state.

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