Manufacturing, Real Estate and Construction, IT business
Prior to obtaining the status of a lawyer, he worked for 15 years in the Federal Tax Service in a legal division.
He has experience in advising clients on the application of tax, civil and currency legislation.
He specializes in representing clients in arbitration courts challenging acts of tax authorities, in corporate disputes and bankruptcy proceedings. She supports projects of trustees in tax authorities at the stage of tax audits and pre-trial settlement of disputes.
Andrey's assistance allowed clients to challenge claims of tax authorities for substantial amounts, collect debts on contractual obligations of counterparties and avoid attracting persons controlling the debtor to subsidiary liability.
Judicial protection in bankruptcy proceedings at the request of the authorized body
Representing the company in arbitration court in bankruptcy proceedings at the request of the tax authority
The tax authority filed an application for declaring the Company bankrupt in order to satisfy the claim for tax arrears collection through bankruptcy proceedings. Tax Compliance specialists have developed a defense position justifying the absence of grounds to recognize the application of the tax authority as justified and the need to terminate proceedings in the case
The court accepted the arguments of the Company, acknowledged the application of the authorized body unfounded and dismissed the bankruptcy proceedings
Challenging additional charges to a major retailer in a case concerning the application of tax deductions for VAT on recycled goods
As a result, claims of the tax authorities were successfully challenged in the arbitration court after the second round of judicial appeal since the Tax Compliance lawyers managed to prove the reality of transportation of fruits from the importer to the disputed supplier. They also provided a technological description of the utilization of the goods and the validity of the VAT deduction for the disputed transaction. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
The tax authority charged the grocery retailer additional VAT and income tax on the fruit supplier, citing the impossibility of tracing the goods from the importer to the final supplier for this delivery, as well as the presence of formal claims against the supplier. Also in connection with the fact that the fruit supplied was of improper quality and disposed of by the client within the same tax period, the tax authority further argued the impossibility of applying VAT deductions due to the lack of the object of taxation.
As a result, claims of the tax authorities were successfully challenged in the arbitration court after the second round of judicial appeal since the Tax Compliance lawyers managed to prove the reality of transportation of fruits from the importer to the disputed supplier. They also provided a technological description of the utilization of the goods and the validity of the VAT deduction for the disputed transaction.
Successful appeal of additional VAT charges in a tax reconstruction case
Mikhail Begunov, Nikita Zharov, Andrey Solomyany
In the course of an on-site tax audit, the tax authority questioned the reality of the Company's relationships with a number of disputed counterparties. As a consequence, the tax authority reconstructed the Company's tax liabilities, which were based on information about real business transactions. At the same time, the tax authority denied the Company the right to a VAT deduction for relations with real counterparties. In the opinion of the tax authority, the Company was not entitled to a separate VAT deduction (as part of the reconstruction) due to the expiration of the three-year period established by Art. 172 of the Tax Code, as a prerequisite for applying deductions.
Tax Compliance team helped the client to prepare a legal position and represented the company in court proceedings. The court of the first instance fully satisfied the claims of the Company, admitting unlawful additional charges of VAT (including the appropriate amount of penalties). The decision of the court may have a significant impact on the development of practice of application of Article 54.1 of the Tax Code, in particular on the issue of the procedure of determining the actual size of the tax liabilities and the inapplicability of the condition of the deadline for claiming deductions in case of tax reconstruction.
Judicial protection in the case of bringing to subsidiary liability
Representing a former manager of a company in arbitration court in a case for bringing him to subsidiary liability
Bankruptcy trustee claimed vicarious liability of the former CEO and participant of the company in liquidation on the grounds that the transactions had caused substantial harm to the property rights of the creditor and failure to fulfill the obligation to apply to the court for bankruptcy of the company headed. Tax Compliance experts developed a defense stance substantiating the absence of grounds for bringing the Client to subsidiary liability and refuting the applicant's arguments
The court refused to bring the company's general director to subsidiary liability because of an absence of evidence of the corpus delicti in the actions of the debtor's former general director
Preparation of a cassation appeal against the judicial acts of the first and appellate instances in connection with the requirement to send the case for a new review
Preparation of the legal position of the cassation appeal in relation to the circumstances surrounding the refusal of the court of appeal to accept complaints from individuals brought to subsidiary liability
The Moscow Arbitration Court issued a ruling rejecting the taxpayer's claims to invalidate a non-normative legal act of the tax authority. In its reasoning, the court concluded that a number of individuals were involved in the organization, as well as the creation by them of a "scheme" of tax evasion by the company. Subsequently, the above conclusions of the court served as the basis for the tax authority to apply to the court for bringing the individuals to subsidiary liability. On the basis of the circumstances described by the court of first instance, the physical persons have prepared and sent to the court an appeal in rebuttal of the conclusions of the court of first instance. The court of appeal refused to consider the appeal of individuals and terminated proceedings on them motivating its determination by the fact that the appealed judicial act does not directly affect the legal rights of the appellant and does not impose on it unlawful duties.
The individuals filed a cassation appeal in which they disclosed the circumstances that affected the court's ruling to bring them to subsidiary liability based on the judicial act of the court of first instance. Based on the results of consideration of the cassation appeal, the court sent the case for a new review to the court of appellate instance. The court found that the findings of the trial court affected their legal rights by virtue of their subsidiary liability under another court case.
Analysis of tax risks related to the offsetting of counterclaims
Mikhail Begunov, Nikita Zharov, Andrey Solomyany
Under the contract, the client (the general contractor) was to receive income from the client. At the same time, the client had a payable to a subcontractor. The client was interested in setting off the counterclaims and analysing the resulting tax risks.
As a result of the project, Tax Compliance team managed to assess potential tax risks related to the transaction for the client and suggest ways to minimise them (changing the documents on business transactions, justifying the existence of a "business purpose" of the transactions, etc.).
The company's interests in the case of violation of currency legislation were protected in arbitration courts of three instances.
June 2019 - March 2020
Mikhail Begunov, Andrey Solomyany
In the opinion of the tax authority, the organization violated the term for receiving (returning) the deposit by a resident of foreign currency in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement issued by the taxpayer to the foreign company
As a result, all claims of the tax authority with regard to violation of terms for receiving foreign currency by a resident in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement were successfully challenged in courts of 3 instances, as the tax authority did not take into account the submitted additional agreements to the loan agreement with the foreign company.