Ilya Samuylov

Tax and Legal, Director, Indirect Tax

KPMG in the CIS

Ilya has been specializing in indirect tax issues since 2006. He advises major foreign and Russian companies, in particular from such industries as: information technology, finance, consumer and industrial goods, transport and logistics, oil and gas.

 Ilya’s professional experience includes:

  • Improving the efficiency of company operations and identifying reserves in terms of VAT
  • Indirect tax health-check and managing indirect tax risks of companies
  • Assisting companies with VAT refunds and settlement of disputes with tax authorities out of court and in court
  • Advising companies on VAT exemption issues (when providing software, warranty repairs, aircraft maintenance, when supplying medical products, in the banking sector, etc.), the application of a reduced VAT rate (when selling drugs and medical products, foodstuffs, etc.) and a zero VAT rate (when providing transport and forwarding services, exporting goods, etc.)
  • Developing the methodology for separate accounting for and allocating VAT between VATable and non-VATable activities
  • Comprehensive support of cross-border contracts in terms of VAT (advisory, management, marketing, and other services, license agreements, franchise agreements, incentives and bonuses under supply contracts, warranty obligations, etc.)
  • Advising companies on VAT issues in foreign countries (including EU and CIS countries)
  • Advising foreign companies, in particular IT firms, on provision of e-services and helping them to register with Russian tax authorities and to file tax reports
  • Advising on the Tax Free system


In the media

Comments for Vedomosti on the proposal of the Ministry of Economic Development to exempt business from the payment of VAT on goods transferred to NPOs as part of charity.

Comments for Vedomosti on double taxation of services.

Comments for Kommersant on possible exemption from VAT of transfer of intellectual property rights under the franchise.

Comments for Vedomosti on a proposal to exempt from VAT the exercise of exclusive rights to programmes included in the Unified Register of Programmes for Electronic Computers and Databases.

Comments for RBC on companies' concerns regarding the procedure of VAT payments in the non-working weeks.

Comments for RBC on issues faced by Russian companies when paying the Google tax.

Comments for RBC Pro on the transfer of the obligation to pay VAT from foreign companies to Russian tax agents.

Comments for Vedomosti on the potential consequences of not having a list of goods with a 10% VAT rate under a law that reduces the tax rate for fruit and berries.

Comments for RBC on revenue volumes from domestic VAT.

Comments for RBC on new criteria for deducting input VAT attributable to export of services.

Comments for RBC Pro on the approved list of services subject to zero VAT rate for international transportation through Russian airports.

Education and qualifications
  • Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics, and Informatics. Economist and Tax Specialist. PhD in Economics

Areas of expertise
  • VAT advice; indirect tax; settlement of disputes with tax authorities; VAT-related processes and automated solutions; VAT compliance; VAT in foreign countries; VAT on e-services

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