Accreditation of representative and branch offices of foreign companies is now handled by the Federal Tax Service

Posted on Jan 22, 2015

Due to recent changes in the Russian legislation the accreditation of representative and branch offices of foreign companies is now handled by the Federal Tax Service. As of April 1, 2015, accreditation will be automatically terminated unless the ROs and BOs comply with the with the mandatory requirement for “re-accreditation”.

Due to recent changes in the Russian legislation the accreditation of representative and branch offices of foreign companies in Russia is now handled by the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation.

At the same time the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation is now responsible for the accreditation of and visa support for foreign employees of representative and branch offices of foreign companies.

As of April 1, 2015, accreditation will be automatically terminated unless the representative and branch offices comply with the with the mandatory requirement for “re-accreditation” which is described below.

If the accreditation expires in January 2015, representative and branch offices should apply for accreditation under the new law in February 2015.

If the accreditation expires between February 1, 2015, and April 1, 2015 (inclusive), representative and branch offices are permitted to apply for accreditation in accordance with the new law within 30 days before the expiration of their current accreditation.

If the accreditation expires after April 1, 2015, representative and branch offices are required to apply for accreditation in accordance with the new law before April 1, 2015.

This means that your urgent attention and action is required, if you wish to keep your representative or branch office in the Russian Federation.

We will be glad to assist you with the re-accreditation of your representative or branch office with the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation.

In case you require any other information, please do not hesitate to contact our office.