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Friday, October 28, 2016

Operators told about billions of dollars of losses for the budget from amendments Spring

The adoption of anti-terrorist amendments, obliging mobile operators and Internet companies to store data of its subscribers within six months, may result in billions of dollars in losses for the budget. Recall that the relevant amendments made to the state Duma Deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov.

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In the case of adoption by the state Duma the so-called “Spring package” Russian operators will become unprofitable and will not be able to pay the profit tax, the newspaper “Vedomosti” with reference to the leading representatives of the industry.

As explained by the publication of the representative of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikov, storing the voice data traffic and personal data of the subscribers for six months will require investment of 2.2 trillion, Such funds necessary for the creation of data processing centers (DPC), increase the power of networking and other needs.

“Given that our tax profit at the end of 2015 amounted to 22.5 billion rubles, and tax on profit of 4.5 billion rubles, and at this cost we will not be able to pay income tax about a hundred years, and the budget will not receive about 450 billion rubles”, — said Solodovnikov.

In “the Megaphone” also believe that the cost of establishing data centers will significantly exceed the real income of the company. The operator will lose more than 230 billion rubles in net profit for 2015 at 45 billion rubles. While these calculations do not include the cost of equipment maintenance, which can reach billion.

The representative of “VimpelCom” (“Beeline”) estimated necessary costs to about 2 trillion rubles, calling them unaffordable. In this situation the company will not pay income tax, and the budget will receive less 40 billion roubles in the coming years. The company will also reimburse any VAT paid when purchasing equipment. In the amount of losses companies can amount to 76 billion rubles.

On Friday, June 24, the state Duma will consider the proposed Spring the bill in the second and third readings. The amendments will require operators within six months to store data about subscribers submitted messages and images, and within three years of their calls.

As reported “Газете.Ru” Mail.Ru Group, the adoption of the amendments “will require huge investment from operators and organizers of information distribution, leading to the inevitable increase in prices for communication services in the country.”

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