KIAP successfully contested significant tax claims of a large industrial company in arbitration court


KIAP successfully contested significant tax claims of a large industrial company in arbitration court

KIAP lawyers successfully challenged additional charges resulting from field tax audit of the world's largest manufacturer of industrial goods. The company's claims were related to the alleged unjustified tax benefit resulting from business relationship with unscrupulous counterparties.

It is worth noting that this category of tax disputes is the most dangerous because current approaches of arbitration courts protect the interests of the budget even in the absence of coherence, interdependence or affiliation of the taxpayer and its counterparty. The courts deliver a judgement in favor of the tax authorities simply on the basis of the fact that the counterparty has signs of tax evasion, even if the taxpayer does not actually have them. Most disputes in this category of tax cases are usually adjudicated in favor of tax inspections.

However, as a result of hard work in a series of court sessions, the lawyers of KIAP managed to recognize additional charges as illegal by 95%, which is much higher than the average figure in such cases.

Client’s interests in this project were represented by partner Andrey Zuykov and associate Alexey Portnov.

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Tax Practice

KIAP's Tax Practice is recommended by the international ratings Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe and World Tax, Leaders League as well as the Russian and Kommersant ratings. The clients of the practice are major Russian and international companies. The practice represents clients during tax audits, as well as resolving tax disputes in and out of court. Furthermore, Tax practice provides services in tax structuring of assets and investments, as well as consulting on international taxation. The practice is headed by Partner Andrey Zuykov, a certified tax advisor since 2002, a member of the Chamber of Tax Advisors and the Advisory Board of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation for the Improvement of Tax Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice. Personally recommended by the Best Lawyers 2020 legal rating, and rated one of the best lawyers in Russia by Who’s Who Legal.

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