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Mikhail Orlov

Partner, Head of Tax and Legal

KPMG in Russia

Mikhail is a Chairman of the Tax and Customs Law Expert Council of the Russian State Duma and a Public Tax Ombudsman under RF Presidential Commissioner for the Entrepreneurs' Rights, drafts legislation. Prior to joining KPMG, Mikhail participated in reforming Russian economics legislation, acted as Head of the Taxation Policy Department with the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, was a Partner at a well-known Law Firm. Mikhail has 23 years of legal experience in: supporting clients in tax related disputes, conducting cases in arbitration courts and courts of general jurisdiction and consulting on different tax issues.

In the Media


Comments for Forbes on the need for clarifications on the statute of limitations to be introduced to the resolution on tax crimes.

Comments for Kommersant FM on calculating statutes of limitations on tax crimes.

Comments for Kommersant FM on the property tax reform.

Comments for Business FM on a difference in approaches used by the Ministry of Economic Development to calculate the deflator coefficient for various taxes.

Comments for Kommersant FM on Russian Tax Code amendments, under which the list of real estate assets that will be taxed according to their cadastral cost becomes open.

Comments for Vedomosti on potential changes in the use of tax incentives applied to cross-border transactions.

Comments for Kommersant FM on the harm caused by illegal VAT refunds to the agricultural sector.


Comments for Kommersant on the current challenges being faced by businesses in Russia.

Comments for Vedomosti on the conditions for receiving preferential tax treatment.

Comments for on the regulation of the competitive environment in Russia.

Comments for RBC on Russian companies that did not pay taxes and insurance payment based on the data recently published by Federal Tax Service.

Comments for Kommersant on fiscal incentives for businesses in the Far East.

Comments for on the issue of tax environment instability.

Comments for NTV on a value-added tax rate increase to 20% from 18%.

Comments for Vedomosti on draft amendments to the Russian Tax Code that will provide Russian IT-exporters with an opportunity to obtain tax exemptions.

Comments for RBC on the publication from 1 August 2018 of data previously considered to be tax secrets.

Comments for Agroinvestor on a draft law that proposes to raise VAT from 18 to 20 per cent starting from next year.

Comments for on Russian Tax Code amendments that would give the tax authorities access to private audit information.

Comments for RBC on the way law enforcement is increasing punishments for tax violations on the part of contractors, and how corresponding court decisions are affecting the number of fly-by-night companies.

An article for RBC on how to mitigate the effects of the value-added tax increase.

An interview for RBC TV on reducing red tape for business.

An interview for Kommersant FM on a potential value-added tax rate increase.

Comments for TASS on the Tax Code as a regulating act with direct effects.

Comments for RBC on the decision of the Federal Tax Service to postpone the publication of financial data about strategic state companies. 

Comments for on obsolete Tax Code articles.

Comments for Vedomosti on how draft tax amendments prepared by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and the Government Expert Council could affect the implementation of companies' business strategies.

Comments for Vedomosti on draft law suggesting to cut down tax expenses of companies and their investors in case of company winding-up or withdrawing from it.

An interview for RBC TV on the special features of oil industry development in Russia.

An interview for Kommersant FM on a new project by Russian lawmakers to create two territories in Russia with offshore features – on Oktyabrsky Island in Kaliningrad and on the Far Eastern island of Russky.

Comments for Vedomosti on the potential consequences of abolishing tax controls for domestic deal prices.

An article for on compensating businesses for increasing income tax.

Comments for Kommersant FM on an income tax increase initiative.

Comments for on the task of creating new tax conditions for the future government in the President's message to the Federal Assembly.

Comments for on extending the “preferential liquidation" period.

Comments for Vedomosti and Kommersant FM about capital amnesties.


Comments for Business FM on identifying the moment when tax is considered paid.

An interview for RBC TV on collecting taxes from debtors.

Comments for Kommersant FM on amendments in tax burden in Russia.

Comments for on requalification from an attorney to judge.

Comments for NTV on changes to the Tax Code.

Comments for Kommersant FM on sales tax.

Comments for Vedomosti about unjustified tax benefits.

Comments for RBC Daily about the electronic check of contractors.

Comments for RBC Daily about justifying selling production to dummy companies.

Comments for Russia 24 about the tax burden on investors.

Comments for TASS about customs regulations.

Comments for Kommersant FM about property tax reimbursements.

An interview for RBC TV about currency residence.

Comments for RBC+ about tax consulting.

An interview for RBC TV on offshores.

Comments for Kommersant FM on tax reforms.

Areas of expertise

Energy and Natural Resources Government and Public Sector Industrial Manufacturing Local or Municipal Government National or Federal Government Regional or State Governments Transport and Logistics
Mikhail Orlov

Education and qualifications

  • PhD in Law, Moscow State Law Academy

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