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The Tax Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan  pdf | word

(Approved by the Law No.905-IG of the Republic of Azerbaijan from 11 July, 2000)

General Part

Chapter 1. General Provisions

Article 1. Relations Regulated by the Tax Code of Azerbaijan Republic

1.1. This Code shall establish the tax system of the Republic of Azerbaijan, general principles of taxation in the Republic of Azerbaijan, rules for determining, payment and collection of taxes, the rights and responsibilities of taxpayers and State tax authorities, as well as other parties to taxation procedures, tax control forms and methods, liability for tax law violations and the procedures for lodging complaints against unlawful actions (failure to take actions) committed by tax agencies and officials thereof.

1.2. This Code establishes the general principles of taxation and taxes for Nakhichevan Autonomy Republic and municipalities.

1.3. Definitions and rules determined in this Code shall be established for the purposes of tax payment and used only within the scope of taxation and tax control regulated by this Code and other legislative acts established on its basis.

Article 2. Tax Legislation of Azerbaijan Republic

2.1. The Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic, this Code, and those legal standards adopted in compliance herewith, shall comprise the tax legislation of Azerbaijan Republic.

2.2. Any article of law adopted on the basis of this Code or for the purposes of its execution shall not contradict with the provisions of this Code.

2.3. Should tax legislation contradict any legislation in other areas, with the exception of provision stipulated by Article 2.7. of this Code, the provisions of tax legislation shall apply.

2.4. Taxation and tax control issues can not be included into the legislative acts, other than tax legislation, with the following exceptions:

2.4.1. provisions concerning administrative offences in relation to tax issues, stipulated by the Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Administrative Offences;

2.4.2. provisions concerning tax crimes included in the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

2.4.3. provisions concerning the priority of tax obligations included in the legislation on bankruptcy and insolvency;

2.4.4. provisions on taxes contained in budget legislation;

2.4.5. provisions governing state quarantees and term benefits on taxes;

2.4.6. provisions stipulated by agreements or laws on production sharing, main pipeline and other similar agreements and laws;

2.4.7. provisions stipulated by the legislation on oil and gas operations of export direction and special economic areas.

2.4.8. provisionsstipulated by the Lawof Azerbaijan Republic"On regulationof inspections in the field of entrepreneurship and protection of interests ofentrepreneurs"in respect oftax audits(exceptcameraltax audit).

2.4-1. Provisions in connection with the granting of tax exemptions and privileges are set only by this Code. Other legal acts, besides this Code, including legal acts referred to in Article 2.4 of this Code, can not stipulate provisions in relation to the tax exemptions and privileges.

2.5. Should any international treaty to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is a party provide for regulations that differ from those contained in this Code and legislative acts established on taxes, the provisions of said international treaties shall govern.

2.6. If international treaty with the intention of avoiding double taxation to which Azerbaijan Republic is the party applied by any person, who is not the resident of the state that entered into such treaty for the purpose of obtaining tax privileges, provisions of article 2.5. of this Code shall not be applied for the purposes of tax privileges to the resident of the state that is the party to such treaty.

2.7. If production sharing agreements and laws, main pipeline agreements and etc., approved before this Code is entered into force or after its enforcement, including the laws onoil and gas operations of export direction and special economic areas, oil and gas, contain provisions that differ from those stipulated by this Code and other legislative acts on taxes, then provisions of such agreements and laws shall be applied.

2.8. In the event of required changes to the Tax Code of the Azerbaijan in connection with definition of tax policy, tax administration and tax rates within the next year state budget draft, the drafts of these laws shall be submitted to the respective executive authority no later than by May 1 of current year, and respective executive authority further submits them to Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 3. Basis for establishment of taxes and their collection

3.1. Legislation on taxes is based on the universality, equality and fairness of taxation

3.2. Taxes shall have an economic base.

3.3. It is not allowed to establish taxes that will limit everybody’s constitutional rights and freedom.

3.4. It is not allowed to establish taxes that will break the single economic system of Azerbaijan Republic (in particular those that will directly or indirectly limit the free movement on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic (of goods and services) and monetary means, or otherwise limiting the legal activities of taxpayers).

3.5. Nobody can be forced to pay the tax of one nature from the profit (income) for more than one time.

3.6. The taxes shall not be of discriminatory nature and shall not be established based on the political, ideological, ethnic, confessional or other existing differences between taxpayers.

It is prohibited to establish different tax rates based on the form of ownership, citizenship of physical persons or origin of capital.

It is allowed to establish different rates of customs duties for commodities imported into the territory of Azerbaijan Republic, dependant on commodity’s country of origin in accordance with this Code and customs legislation.

3.7. Taxes in the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be established only by this Code; changes or cancellations shall be implemented by making the changes in this Code.

3.8. No person can be obliged to pay taxes, that have indications of taxes established by this Code but not established by it or taxes that were established in the order different to that specified by this Code.

3.9. The tax legislation shall be formulated in the order that will allow everyone to know what taxes, in which order, when and how much he shall pay.

3.10. The tax system shall stimulate the activities of entrepreneurs and investors.

3.11. All contradictions and obscurities and uncertainties in the tax legislation shall be interpreted for taxpayer’s advantage.

3.12. Natural and legal persons shall have a free access to regulating legislative acts on taxes.

Article 4. The tax system of Azerbaijan Republic

4.1. The taxes levied in the Republic of Azerbaijan pursuant to this Code shall be as follows:

4.1.1. state taxes;

4.1.2. taxes of autonomy republic;

4.1.3. local (municipal) taxes.

4.2. State taxes are those taxes that are stipulated by this Code and are obligatory for payment on the entire territory of Azerbaijan Republic.

4.3. The taxes of Autonomy Republic are those taxes that are stipulated by the laws of Nakhichevan Autonomy Republic in accordance with this Code and obligatory for payment in the Nakhichevan Autonomy Republic.

4.4. Local (municipal) taxes are those taxes stipulated by this Code and applicable legislation, applied by the resolution of municipalities and obligatory for payment on the territory of municipalities. Other obligatory payments applied by municipalities shall be stipulated by the appropriate legislation.

Local (municipal) taxes rates shall be established within limits stipulated by tax legislation. In accordance with tax legislation municipalities shall be entitled to make decisions on complete or partial tax release or decrease of tax levels for certain categories of taxes paid by taxpayer in their areas.

4.5. In accordance with this Code special tax regime can be applied on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic.

The special tax regime stipulates the special procedure for tax calculation and payment for the specified period of time.

4.6. It is not allowed to levy taxes that are not stipulated by this code.

Article 5. Forms of taxation

5.0. Amounts of tax shall be collected in following forms:

5.0.1. directly from the source (tax collection before obtaining income or profit);

5.0.2. by declaration (tax collection after obtaining income or profit);

5.03. by notice (payment of the tax by taxpayer on the basis of payment notice, issued for the sum, calculated by taxation authority or municipality on the basis of cost of the taxation object and area).

Article 6. State taxes

6.1. Following are state taxes:

6.1.1. tax on the income of physical persons;

6.1.2. tax on the profit of legal entities (with the exception of entities and enterprises that are the property of municipalities);

6.1.3. value added tax;

6.1.4. excise tax;

6.1.5. property tax levied from legal persons;

6.1.6. land use tax levied from legal persons;

6.1.6 “land tax of legal entites and in the case stipulated in Article 206.1 of this Code land tax of physical persons;

6.1.7. road taxes;

6.1.8. mineral royalty tax;

6.1.9. simplified tax.

6.2. This code establishes maximum rates for all state taxes.

6.3. State tax rates introduced on yearly basis shall not exceed the rates established by this Code and those shall be reconsidered annually during the approval of state budget legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 7. Taxes of Autonomy Republic

The taxes of autonomy republic are the state taxes levied in the Nakhichevan Autonomy Republic, listed in article 6.1. of this Code (with the exception of Road Tax).

Article 8. Local (municipal) taxes

8.1. Following are the local (municipal) taxes:

8.1.1. land use tax levied from natural persons;

8.1.1. Land tax of physical persons in the cases stipulated in Articles 206.1.1 and 206.3of this Code;

8.1.2. property tax levied from natural persons;

8.1.3. mineral royalty tax on construction materials of local importance;

8.1.4. profit tax of enterprises and organizations that are the property of municipalities.

8.2.Procedures for calculation and payment of local taxes, roles and responsibilities of taxpayers and tax authorities of local municipalities, forms and methods of tax control, liability for violation of tax legislation, complaint procedures for actions (non-actions) of municipal tax authorities and their officers are determined under relevant legislation.

Article 9. Tax calculation and payment currency

On the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan taxes are calculated and paid in the currency of the Republic of Azerbaijan - manats.

Article 10. Parties of relations regulated by tax legislation

10.0. Following are the parties of relations regulated by tax and levy legislation:

10.0.1. natural and legal persons recognized by this Code as taxpayers;

10.0.2. natural and legal persons recognized by this Code as tax agents;

10.0.3. state tax authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

10.0.4. customs authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

10.0.5. financial authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in the link with solution of issues stipulated by this Code;

10.0.6. state power authorities, local self-management bodies, other authorized bodies and officials, other than tax and customs authorities that conduct the collection of financial means from taxpayers for the purposes of tax collection and their bank transfers to the state budget in cases stipulated by this Code.

Article 11. Definition of Tax

Tax ?” a compulsory, individual and non-refundable payment made to the state or local budget in the form of collection of monetary means from taxpayers with the purpose of providing the financial basis to the state and municipal activities.

Article 12. Main terms of tax institution

12.1. The tax shall be considered as instituted only if taxpayers are determined as well as following elements of taxation:

12.1.1. subject of taxation;

12.1.2. basis for taxation;

12.1.3. tax period;

12.1.4. tax rate;

12.1.5. tax calculation procedure;

12.1.6. tax payment procedure and timing;

12.2. During tax institution privileges can be established on basis stipulated by this Code.

12.3. Subjects of taxation are: income, profit, property, land, minerals, value of sold commodities (works, services) or other subjects of taxation stipulated by this Code.

12.4. Taxation base - the quantitative expression of the part of subject of taxation from which the tax is levied.

Article 13. Main definitions used in this Code

13.1. The definitions of civil, family and other areas of the legislation of Azerbaijan Republic used in this Code shall be interpreted as determined in these areas of legislation, unless otherwise stipulated by this Code.

13.2. Following definitions are applied for the purposes of this Code:

13.2.1. Person - any physical or legal person, permanent representation, branch or other section of non-resident;

13.2.2. Legal person- enterprises and entities established with the status of legal person in accordance with the legislation of Azerbaijan Republic or legislation of foreign state.

13.2.3. Natural person- citizen of Azerbaijan Republic, foreigner and person without citizenship.

13.2.4. Taxpayer - any person who shall pay taxes from subjects of taxation determined in accordance with this Code.

13.2.5. Resident:

13.2.5.1. the natural person to whom one of the following requirements can be applied:

who actually was on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan for a total of more than 182 days during any 12-month period ending in a calendar year;

was in the State service abroad for the Republic of Azerbaijan during the calendar year or within one calendar year;

if natural person’s period of stay on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic and foreign state (in any) does not exceed the period of 182 days in accordance with indention two and three of paragraph 13.2.5.1. of this Code then this physical person shall be deemed as the resident of Azerbaijan Republic based on criteria set in following order:

permanent place of residence;

place of vital interests;

place of normal residence;

citizenship of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

13.2.5.2. The natural person shall be recognized as non-resident of the Republic of Azerbaijan from the last day of his stay on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic during the tax year, until the end of this tax year only if this person is non-resident of Azerbaijan Republic in the following tax year.

13.2.5.3. Any legal person established in accordance with the legislation of Azerbaijan Republic and involved in entrepreneur activities or withthe place of management on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic. For the purposes of this Article the legal entity management location shall be deemed the location of main operations, in which the commercial decisions are taken as required for management, and at which the daily practical management is performed, independent of location of main control bodies.

13.2.6. Non-resident:

13.2.6.1. persons holding diplomatic or consular status on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic, or family members of such persons;

13.2.6.2. staff members of international organizations that had passed the appropriate state registration on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic or person on the national service of foreign country in the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as their family members;

13.2.6.3. person passing from one foreign country to another through the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

13.2.6.4. articles 13.2.6.1. and 13.2.6.2. of this Code not to be applicable for persons involved in entrepreneur activities on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic.

13.2.6.5. diplomatic representations, consular organizations and other official representations of foreign states that hold the diplomatic privileges and immunity, international organizations and their representations as well as representations of foreign companies and firms not involved in entrepreneur activity;

13.2.6.6. other persons, to whom the definition of resident not to be extended.

13.2.7. Taxpayer's family members:

13.2.7.1. spouses;

13.2.7.2. parents, children and adopted persons;

13.2.7.3. heirs;

13.2.7.4. blood relative (not blood relative) sisters (brothers);

13.2.7.5. nephews and nieces;

13.2.7.6. sisters, brothers and parents of spouses;

13.2.7.7. spouses of sisters and brothers;

13.2.7.8. sisters (brothers) of parents;

13.2.7.9. guardians and wards, when linked to each other as the result of same household management as parents and children.

13.2.8. «Goods» - any tangible or intangible property (assets), including electrical and heat energy, gas and water.

For the purposes of value added tax (VAT) intangible assets, monetary means and land shall not be recognized as goods.

13.2.9. Intangible assets - intellectual property, including trade marks, other aspects of industrial property as well as similar rights recognized as the property of taxpayer in the order established by appropriate legislation.

13.2.10. Sell of goods - concession of the right of ownership on goods to other person, including, but not limited to, sell of goods, their exchange, donation, payment in kind for labour and other in kind payments, as well as the transfer of right of ownership for the pledged goods to the lender or other person.

13.2.11. Service (work) - activity that does not involve provision of any commodities and the results of which have a financial value.

For VAT purposes the transfer of ownership on monetary means and land to other party as well as provision of contracted employee services is not allowed.

If commodities used during provision of services (implementation of works) are not provided separately or compensation costs not included in the value of services (works) and are not indicated separately in the agreement or payment documents, such goods or commodities shall be considered an integral part of the service (work).

13.2.12. Non-sale incomes - income from holding shares in other enterprises, incomes obtained from sales of enterprise stocks, bonds and other securities, as well as other incomes obtained from operations indirectly linked with production and sales of commodities and services (works), including the amount obtained as penalty or loss compensation, increased exchange variation, amount of creditor and deponent debts on foreign exchange operations in accordance with legislation.

13.2.13. Name of taxpayer, buyer, customer or any person - name of legal entity passed state registration, full name of natural person.

13.2.14. Financial Services:

13.2.14.1. the granting or transferring of credits, financial leasing operations, credit guarantees and other pledge guarantees in monetary-credit transactions, including the management of credits and credit guarantees by the grantor;

13.2.14.2. any transaction connected with the management of deposits and accounts of clients, payments, transfers, debt obligations and payment instruments;

13.2.14.3. any transaction connected with the circulation of currency, monies or bank notes that are legal tender (with the exception of those used for numismatic purposes);

13.2.14.4. any transaction connected with the circulation of shares, bonds, certificates, bills, checks or other securities. Services on safekeeping of bills, securities and other valuables are not financial services;

13.2.14.5. any transaction relating to financial derivatives, forward contracts, options and similar arrangements;

13.2.14.6. any service related to the management of investment funds;

13.2.14.7. any insurance or re-insurance transactions, as well as insurance agent and insurance broker in connection with these transactions.

13.2.15. Dividend ?” payment in money or other form, made by legal person to its founders (or shareholders) as distribution of net income, profit upon the payment of all costs and taxes by payers of simplified tax.

Income from the distribution of property upon liquidation of a legal entity, as well as payments made with distribution of shares without changes to percentage of shares owned by shareholders and re-call of stocks (shares) within their nominal price, shall not be considered a dividend.

13.2.16. Income from an Azerbaijani Source -

13.2.16.1. income derived from employment in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

13.2.16.2. income derived from sale by manufacturer of goods produced in Azerbaijan Republic;

13.2.16.3. income derived from producing goods, performing work or rendering services in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

13.2.16.4. income derived from an entrepreneurial activity attributable to a permanent establishment located on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to include income from the sale of similar goods (works, services), that can be considered as goods (works, services) sold by said permanent establishments as well as income from activity that can be considered as activity implemented by such permanent establishment or comparable activities;

13.2.16.5. income derived from an entrepreneurial activity on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic:

from writing off bad debts of taxpayer by creditors;

from selling fixed assets defined as income pursuant to Article 114.7 of this Code;

from compensation of costs or decrease of reserves pursuant to Article 141 of this Code;

13.2.16.6. income in the form of dividends received from a resident legal entity and from the realization or cession of an equity share in said legal entity to another person;

13.2.16.7. income in the form of interest received from residents;

13.2.16.17-1. payments in connection with activities in the Republic of Azerbaijan in the field of culture, art, theater, cinema, radio, television, music, sport, engineering, architecture and science.

13.2.16.8. pension paid by a resident;

13.2.16.9. income in the form of interest received from a person with a permanent establishment or property located in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan - if the indebtedness of said person relates to said permanent establishment or property;

13.2.16.10. income in the form of royalties paid in connection with location or use of property located on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, or income from the sale of property stipulated in paragraph 13.2.23 of this Article, which is located or used in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

13.2.16.11. income from the lease of movable property utilized in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

13.2.16.12. income from real property in the Republic of Azerbaijan, including from the transfer of participating shares in said property;

13.2.16.13. income from the transfer of stocks or participating shares of an enterprise whose assets, exceeding 50 percent, directly or indirectly, from the value of real property in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

13.2.16.14. other income arising from the transfer of property that is not connected with resident's entrepreneurial activity;

13.2.16.15. income from management, finance services - if such income is paid by a permanent establishment of resident or non-resident legal person located in the Republic of Azerbaijan, or if said income has been generated by virtue of a contract signed with said enterprise or permanent establishment;

13.2.16.16. income paid as insurance payment under agreements on the insurance or re-insurance of risks;

13.2.16.17. income from telecommunication and transportation services during international communication and shipments between the Republic of Azerbaijan and other states;

13.2.16.18. other income arising by virtue of activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan, which is not stipulated in above paragraphs. When determining the source of income according to this paragraph, the place where the income is paid shall not be taken into account, as well as either it paid directly or indirectly.

13.2.17. Fixed Assets - tangible assets with a service life of more than one year, the value of which exceeds 500 manats that are subject to amortization in accordance with Article 114 of this Code.

13.2.18. Interests - any charge relating to a debt obligation, including payments for credits (loans) and deposits (accounts).

13.2.19. Net Profit - profit less profit tax;

13.2.20. Participant - shareholder, partner or other participant in an enterprise's profit.

13.2.21. Property - any moving or real property to include non-tangible assets, turnover funds and other objects of ownership rights.

13.2.22. Residual value of property - the original value of fixed assets on enterprise’s balance less the amount of amortization calculated on this fixed assets.

13.2.23. Royalty - payments for use of copyrights or rights on the use of works of literature, art and science; software and films, and other non-tangible assets, any information of patenting, trade marks, design or model, plan, secret formula or process, industrial, commercial and scientific expertise, use of industrial, commercial or scientific equipment or transfer of rights to use such products.

13.2.24. Cash register electronic equipment or computer systems used for registration of payments for goods (works, services) provided, with fiscal memory and appropriately registered by tax authorities.

13.2.25. Forward contract- agreement, confirming the obligation to purchase (sell) securities, goods or monetary means in future at specified time and indicated terms at the price indicated at the time of when such forward contract was signed.

13.2.26. Option- the document confirming the right of person to purchase (sell) securities, goods or monetary means in future at specified time and indicated terms at the price fixed at the time of making such option or the time of such purchase by the agreement of parties.

13.2.27. Non-commercial activity- it is a conduct of legal activity the purpose of which is not generation of profit and that stipulates the use of income received in non-commercial purposes only, including the purposes of its charter. Otherwise such activity shall be considered as commercial.

13.2.28. Non-commercial organization- legal person that conducts non-commercial activity, does not distribute the generated income between its founders (shareholders) and does not use such income for commercial purposes. Otherwise such organization shall be considered as commercial.

13.2.29. Export of Goods - removal of goods from the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which are considered export goods according to customs legislation.

13.2.30. Re-export of Goods - export of goods that are considered re-export goods in accordance with customs legislation by the person importing said goods, provided that such goods are in the same condition as were when imported.

13.2.31. Import of Goods - importation of goods into the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which are considered import goods according to customs legislation.

13.2.32. Re-import of Goods - import of goods that are considered re-import goods in accordance with legislation by the person exporting these goods, provided that such goods are in the same condition as were when imported.

13.2.33. Transit through the Territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan - transportation of goods through the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan between two frontier posts of the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with procedures established by customs legislation.

International transportation - cargo and passenger transportation between the Republic of Azerbaijan (through the border of the Republic of Azerbaijan) and post located in the other state.

13.2.34. Employment- performance of duties by physical person in accordance with agreement (contract) for compensation payment regulated by labor code. Any physical person engaged in employment shall be termed «the employee» in this Code. A person who pays for the service rendered by such physical person as an employee shall be termed «the employer» and said payment shall be termed «the salary».

13.2.35. Charity shall be defined as that activity natural person and/or charity organization performs, which consists of rendering assistance, to include the transfer of monies, without compensation, to physical persons in need of material or other assistance (aid), or to organizations and charitable organizations that directly provide such assistance (aid), including charity organizations. Scientific, educational activities performed in the public interest shall be considered charity except where otherwise stipulated in this Code. Assistance (aid) given shall not be construed as charity if:

13.2.35.1. the recipient of said assistance (aid) assumes any obligation to the provider, which is of a property or non-property nature (with the exception of obligations to utilize the funds or property received as targeted);

13.2.35.2. the recipient and provider of said assistance (aid) are deemed to be interrelated;

13.2.35.3. said assistance (aid) is rendered to any physical person or legal entity with the intent of helping that person or entity participate in an election campaign.

13.2.36. Charity organization- non-commercial organization conducting charity activities.

13.2.37. Entrepreneurial (commercial) activity - any activity of entrepreneur, performed independently, at own risk, with the purpose of profit (income in respect of the private entrepreneurs) obtaining from use of the property, supply of goods, fulfillment of works or services.

13.2.38. Budget organization- non-commercial organization activity of which is financed in part or in full with funds from the treasury on a budgetary estimate and which does nor have a payments account.

13.2.39. Enterprise- for the purposes of this Code enterprises are the structures involved in entrepreneurial activities and established for such activities. This is to include:

13.2.39.1. legal entities established pursuant to Republic of Azerbaijan law;

13.2.39.2. legal persons established in accordance with the legislation of foreign state (corporations, companies, firms and other similar structures), their branches and representative offices;

13.2.39.3. branches, sub-elements or other separate units of legal persons, outlined Article 13.2.39.1 of this Code, which have their own balance sheet, separate ledgers or other accounts.

13.2.40. VAT deposit account single treasury account, on which the operations are performed associated with receipt, registration and movements of VAT and its payment to state budget.

13.2.41. Commercial Legal Entity - structure defined as such by the Civil Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

13.2.42. Non-commercial legal entity - structure defined as such by the Civil Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

13.2.43. Sports betting games - games, conducted by sports betting operator based on a preliminary prediction of the outcome of sports events and providing to the participants, suggesting the right assumptions, monetary awards (winning) on the basis of pre-announced criteria;

13.2.44. The operator of sports betting games - a legal entity accredited in accordance with Article 53-1 of the Law «On Physical Culture and Sports» for the purpose of sports betting.

13.2.45. Seller of sports betting games - a person performing work under a contract entered into with the sports totalizator operator and ensuring all communications between participants of sport betting games and sports totalizator operator in contact with the central system of betting.

13.2.46. A third person resident or non-resident in respect of which the tax authorities perform cameral or field audit directly related to the provision of goods (works, services) of the taxpayer;

13.2.47. Tax risks - risks in the form of the probability of occurrence of financial loss for taxpayers due to incorrect determination of tax liabilities for any reason;

13.2.48. Minimizing the tax risk - reducing or eliminating the negative impact on the full or partial performance of tax assessments of the taxpayer;

13.2.49. The agreement on the tax partnership - an agreement of intent voluntarily signed between the tax authority and the taxpayer to minimize tax risks.

13.2.50. Large taxpayer - the taxpayer meeting at least one of the following criteria for the purposes of this Code (except for budgetary organizations):

13.2.50.1. if in each of the previous three years, the residual value of owned fixed assets at the end of the year exceeds 2,500,000 manats and previous three-year average annual turnover (excluding VAT) exceeds 1,250,000 manats;

13.2.50.2. if for the last three fiscal years the calculated amounts of all taxes and other non-tax payments stipulated in this Code exceeds 500,000 manats for each year;

13.2.50.3. taxpayers referred to the natural monopolists or subjects, occupying a dominant position in the market in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, including their subsidiaries - residents of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

13.2.51. Enterprise with special tax regime - taxpayer, operating under the agreements or laws on production sharing, approved by the legislation, main export pipeline and other such agreements and laws, including the law of oil and gas, oil and gas activities for export and special economic zones, which are governed by special rules of calculation and payment of taxes in a period in taxation and tax control, as well as diplomatic and similar representations of foreign countries on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, consular and other official representations;

13.2.52. Resident of the industrial park - a legal entity or a natural person engaged in entrepreneurial activities without forming a legal entity that has received a certificate of registration of industrial park in the manner prescribed by the relevant executive authority and operates in the industrial park;

13.2.53. Resident of the technology park - a legal entity or a natural person engaged in entrepreneurial activities without forming a legal entity that has received a certificate of registration of technology park in the manner prescribed by the relevant executive authority and operates in the technology park.

13.2.54. Building ?“ is a construction object of a closed three-dimensional structure provided for a living, human activities, their protection from the environmental impact, providing them with social, cultural and personal services, location of the production facilities, storage of the material assets;

13.2.55. Trading activity - business activity in connection with the provision of goods, with the exception of provision by the producers of local produced goods;

13.2.56. Catering activities - business activities in connection with the provision of food products to the buyer, made (cooked) for consumption in the facilities of the catering object, where this activity is carried out or for take-away;

13.2.57. Commencement of construction and installation works - the moment of the actual start of construction and installation work on the construction of the building object, specified in the project of the building object, for the construction of which the permit has been issued, as well as in the architectural and planning section of the project of the building object, to which a notification production is applied, in compliance with the requirements of Article 80.4 of the Town Planning and the Building Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

13.2.58. Investment promotion certificate- document given to legal entities and individual entrepreneurs engaged in investment activity according to the procedure established by the relevant executive authority for obtaining concessions stipulated by the law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On Customs tariff” and Articles 102.1.123, 106.1.17, 164.1.26, 199.11, 207.5 of this Code

13.2.59. Financial market supervisory body - body established by the relevant executive authority for the purpose of regulation and control of financial markets

Article 14. Market value

14.1. Market value - the price of the good (work, service) based on interrelation of demand and supply.

14.2. Unless otherwise stipulated by this article, for the purposes of taxation the price of goods (works, services) fixed for operation (deal) shall be used. Unless otherwise proved this price shall be used as market value.

14.3. The calculation of taxes with consideration of market value can be used:

14.3.1. during barter (swap of goods), import-export operations;

14.3.2. during implementation of deals between interrelated persons;

14.3.3. at price deviation for more than 30 percent (either side) within 30 days from the pricing level applied by taxpayers on analogue or similar goods (works, services);

14.3.4. when insuring the company property for the amount in excess of its depreciation value;

14.3.5. if necessary to establish a minimum amount of monthly rent of real estate (except housing) for tax purposes in compliance with Article 124.4 of this Code.

14.4. The market value shall be determined until the good (work, service) is sold, but not later than 30 days from the moment the good (work, service) is sold at the price established on the closest date (before or after) at appropriate deals on identical (analogue) goods (works, services). The market value of securities shall be determined based on stock exchange rate for identical securities of the same emitter on closest previous date from the moment these securities were sold, only if such rates were announced in accordance with procedure above.

14.5. During the determination of market value, the deal between interrelated persons, as defined in Article 18 of this Code, shall be considered only if their relations did not have any impacts on the result of such deal.

14.6. If provisions of Articles 14.4. and 14.5 of this Code are not applicable, the market value of good (work, service) shall be determined in accordance with requirements of this Article. The regular costs on production and/or marketing (purchase price and residual value) of good (work, service), transportation, storing, insurance and other similar costs shall be considered as well as added values and discounts practiced during deals between non-interrelated persons, that will consider the factor of demand and supply. Specified costs shall be considered also when the good losses its quality or other consumer characteristics or expiration (close expiration) date as well as other similar cases.

14.6.1. Following factors are taken into consideration in determination of the market prices of goods (works, services), which can influence the prices:

14.6.1.1. volume (volume of goods batch) of delivered goods (implemented works and rendered services);

14.6.1.2. obligation execution term, payment provisions;

14.6.1.3. change of demand for goods (works, services) and supply (including seasonal fluctuations of consumer demand);

14.6.1.4. country of origin of goods, place of purchasing or procurement;

14.6.1.5. delivery terms for goods (works, services);

14.6.1.6. the quality level of goods and other consumption indicators;

14.6.1.7. in relation with implemented marketing policy introduction on market of new, non-analogue goods (works, services), or introduction of goods (works, services) to new markets, provision of samples of goods with the purpose of acquiring of consumers;

14.6.1.8. in determination of market prices on execution of works, provision of services, including in the area of repair, construction, installation works, transportation, leasing, education, medical services and other areas, taken into consideration the area of work execution, and provision of services, their qualitative indicators and other circumstances, which can affect the price.

14.6.2. In determination of prices in connection with quality of goods (works, services) below market price, quality levels are confirmed by competent person.

14.6.3. If on relevant goods (works, services) market with similar or same kinds of goods (works, services) no operations are conducted, and it is not possible to collect the information on market prices of these goods (works, services) from official or open sources, following evaluation methods can be applied:

14.6.3.1. On the basis of subsequent (secondary) selling price

Market prices of goods (works, services) are determined on the basis of subsequent (secondary) selling price of these goods (works, services). The market price is determined with deduction of applied raise from subsequent selling price.

14.6.3.2. On the basis of value accumulation method

Market prices are calculated with accumulation of costs and profits, motivated by the party providing goods (works, services).

14.6.3.3. If market prices of goods (works, services) can not be determined by one of the methods established in this Article, market prices are determined by contractor expert.

14.6.4. Determined market prices are used only for the purposes of taxation and goods (works, services) are considered by actual selling price in accordance with procedures stipulated under the legislation.

14.6.5. If the purchasing price of purchased goods (works, services) exceeds the market price for more than 30 percent and its value contains costs deducted from income, the value of these goods (works, services) is assigned for costs deducted from the income on market values, and taxes are re-calculated in following cases:

14.6.5.1. in cases, if unreasonable increase of actual of purchasing price of purchased goods (works, services) is detected;

14.6.5.2. if it is not possible to determine the supplier of goods (works, provider of services).

14.6.6. If the price level applied to provided goods (works, services) of taxpayers, will significantly be below 30 percent level of market values, determined on the basis of this Code, then taxes are calculated on the basis of market prices, and if exceeds it, then on actual provided prices

14.7. The complex of deals, providing the delivery of goods (works, services) by one party and their exchange for other goods are the part goods swapping (works/services swapping) deals. The market value of delivered (purchased) goods (works, services) on the basis of such deals shall be determined in accordance with provisions of this Article.

14.8. The taxpayer holds the right to submit to state tax authority the evidences that market values for goods (works, services) are determined in certain deals in accordance with the procedure that differs from one stated in this article.

14.9. During the determination and recognition of goods (works, services) market value the official sources of information on market values of goods (works, services) and exchange rates, databases of state and local authorities, information submitted by taxpayers to state tax authorities, information of advertisement sources and other appropriate information shall be used.

14.10. During provision and purchasing of goods (works and services) (with exception of exports, prices for which are regulated by the relevant executive authority, for the purposes of taxation are used the prices, established by the relevant executive power authority.

Chapter II. Taxpayer. Tax Agent

Article 15. Taxpayer’s rights:

15.1. The taxpayer holds the following rights:

15.1.1. to receive the free of charge written information from on existing taxes and tax regulations, that control the procedures and conditions of tax payments, rights and responsibilities of taxpayers and well as rights of tax authorities and their officials;

15.1.2. to receive from tax authorities clarifications on issues related to the application of tax legislation;

15.1.3. to take advantage of tax privileges in events and in accordance with the procedures specified by this Code;

15.1.4. to require the timely return or crediting of overpaid or overcharged taxes;

15.1.5. directly or via their representatives to participate in tax relations outlined by legislation;

15.1.6. to receive copies of acts (protocols) made in relation with tax inspection and decisions of tax authorities;

15.1.7. to require tax authorities and their officials to follow the terms of tax legislation on taxpayer;

15.1.8. not to follow unlawful acts (decisions) and requirements of tax authorities and their officials that do not correspondent with the Tax Code and other legal acts on taxes;

15.1.9. to appeal administratively and(or) in court in accordance with established procedure the decisions (omission) of tax authorities and their officials;

15.1.10. to require the provision of commercial (tax) confidentiality in accordance with established procedure;

15.1.11. to require in accordance with established procedure the compensation for all losses caused by illegal acts (decisions) of tax authorities or unlawful actions of their officials;

15.1.12. to review the acts and other materials of tax inspections, to express to tax authorities and their officials own opinion on calculation and payment of taxes, as well as on the acts of tax inspections conducted;

15.1.13. to request tax authorities to conduct new check by chronometer method in connection with changes to production volume or sales turnover upon last check, conducted by chronometer method, in compliance with the terms stipulated in the Article 50-1.2 of this Code.

15.1.14. to order the defined model of cash register for registration in established order in tax authorities;

15.1.15. perform cash payment of taxpayer engaged in activities stipulated under Article 16.1.8 of this Code via cash registers.

15.1.15-1. apply to the tax authorities with an application in the form determined by the relevant executive authority to enter into an "Tax Partnership Agreement" in order to minimize tax risks.

15.1.16. to take advantage of other rights established by this Code and legislation;

15.2. Rights and legal interests of taxpayers are guaranteed by legislative regulations.

The procedure on protection of rights and interests of the taxpayer shall be determined by this Code and other legislation.

The rights and legal interests of taxpayer shall be provided by the authority of tax bodies and their officials.

The failure to execute or insufficient execution of duties on protection of rights and legal interests of the taxpayer shall involve the responsibility established by the legislation.

15.3. the taxpayer can participate in tax relations directly or through his authorized representative, unless otherwise stipulated by this Code.

Article 16. Taxpayer’s responsibilities

16.1. The taxpayer is responsible:

16.1.1. to pay for taxes legally established, as well as interests accrued in accordance with this Code, applied financial sanctions and other obligatory fees;

16.1.2. to receive the taxpayer’s identification number (TIN) from tax authorities;

16.1.3. to keep the record of all incomes (costs) and articles of taxation;

16.1.4. to submit the tax report to tax authorities in events and in accordance with procedures established by the legislation and in events whenaudit is required, to submit the conclusion by auditor;

16.1.5. to follow lawful requirements of tax bodies to remedy indicated violations of tax legislation as well as not to cause any obstructions to the lawful activities of tax authority officials;

16.1.6. to submit to tax authorities and their officials necessary information and documents, and in the case of accounting in an electronic format, to submit such information at the request of the tax authority with the creation of opportunities for direct or remote access to the data on their electronic media or electronic media of their branches, in events and in accordance with procedures established by this Code;

16.1.7. for the period stipulated by the legislation to provide the safekeeping of accounting books and other documents necessary for tax calculation and payment, as well as documents that confirm incomes obtained (for legal persons also costs incurred) and paid (withheld) taxes;

16.1.8. perform cash settlements with use of cash register, with exception of following operations:

16.1.8.1. sells of newspapers and magazines (in the event if these exceed 50 percent of total sells turnover);

16.1.8.2. sells of securities;

16.1.8.3. sells of lottery tickets, activities on sports gambling, carried out by the operator and the seller;

16.1.8.4. passenger and cargo transportation (by railroad, air, water and automobile transport) (with exception of taxis with less than six seats, on which shall be installed taximeters in accordance with legislation);

16.1.8.5. sells in bazaars, fairs and on carrying of agricultural products;

16.1.8.6. operations of glassware and scratch metal acceptance points;

16.1.8.7. telecommunications services (with exception of Internet-club operations);

16.1.8.8. advertisement services;

16.1.8.9. utility and housing facilities;

16.1.8.10. leasing of resident and non-resident facilities;

16.1.8.11. hotel, camping, motel and dormitory services;

16.1.8.12. operations of the power, gas, water, heated water and central heating suppliers, elevator and security services;

16.1.8.13. sewage and sanitary-cleaning services;

16.1.8.14. excursion and tourist, sanatorium-resort and spa services;

16.1.8.15. fitness and sports services;

16.1.8.16. medical services;

16.1.8.17. attorney, notaries public and other legal services;

16.1.8.18. educational operations of educational institutions and training course activities;

16.1.8.19. motor parking activities;

16.1.8.20. cloth dry-cleaning, painting and laundry;

16.1.8.21. apartments repair and construction;

16.1.8.22. ceremonial services at non-stationary points and related leasing;

16.1.8.23. pawn-shop services;

16.1.8.24. binding services;

16.1.8.25. mobile retail sales from counters, automobiles and trailers on markets and other trading points;

16.1.8.26. banking activities, as well as insurance and insurance mediation services;

16.1.8.27. following activities implemented, provided that number of employees does not exceed 2 people:

16.1.8.27.1. furniture repair and manufacturing;

16.1.8.27.2. photo-, audit-video services;

16.1.8.27.3. repair and private production of footwear, clothing, knit and leather products;

16.1.8.27.4. repair of clocks, TV-sets, refrigerators and other household appliances;

16.1.8.27.5. technical and other services to technical means;

16.1.8.27.6. barber services;

16.1.8.27.7. repair and production of jeweler and metallic items;

16.1.8.27.8. activities of arts studios and restoration facilities.

16.1.9. in implementation of cash payments provide the receipt, cheque, bank statements and other strict reporting forms to the buyer and provide the reflection of information specified under legislation, in these cheques, bank statements or strict reporting forms;

16.1.10. in the event of damages or other disorders incurred to cash register during the operations, tax authorities shall be informed immediately and use of cash register shall be seized temporarily and ensure registration of cash payments within such period of time in an order stipulated by the respective executive authority;

16.1.11.introduction of relevant notes to information sections of duplicate certificates, received from tax authorities for opening of accounts for the purposes of entrepreneur activities in non-resident banking institutions and other non-resident credit organizations, and their submission to tax authority before the term of operations performance on these accounts;

16.1.11-1. in accordance with Article 17 of the Law «On Protection of Consumer Rights» to ensure the installation and use of POS-terminals for cashless payments;

16.1.11-2. to block funds in the amount of 105% of the additional amount charged for debit transactions in current and other accounts in national or foreign currency, in the period of consideration of complaints in the court on charged or overcharged taxes, as well as interest or financial sanctions applied by the tax authorities on the results of a cameral or field tax inspection and the entry into force of the court judgment in connection with the filed complaint (except for cases of the taxpayer's consent to the payment of these funds).

16.1.12. other responsibilities established by this Code and legislation.

16.2. If the taxpayer was not involved in entrepreneurial activities within the reporting period or did not implement any taxable operations, he shall submit the note to the tax authority instead of tax report.

16.3. If the taxpayer has temporarily stopped the entrepreneurial activity or other taxable operations within the tax year, he shall submit to the tax authority the respective note, in the form stipulated by the executive power authority, dated no later than the date of stoppage of entrepreneur activity. The note shall include the time of stoppage of entrepreneurial activities or other taxable operations.

If it was established that the taxpayer actually carried out the activities in the period of temporary suspension of entrepreneurial or other taxable operationsis required, tax authority requires to providereports for periodsof temporary suspensionof business orother taxabletransactions by giving the notification to the taxpayer.

16.4. In accordance with Articles 16.2 and 16.3 of this Code, if the taxpayers submitting the note, have the property and (or) land, tax reports on property and/or land shall be submitted to the tax authority in accordance with procedures and terms, established by this Code.

16.5. Notes stipulated under Articles 16.2 and 16.3 of this Code, shall loss their force from the date appearance of obligation for submission of tax reports.

Article 17. Tax agent

17.1. Tax agent- person who in accordance with this Code is authorized to calculate taxes, withhold them from the taxpayer and make the payment to the budget.

17.2. The tax agent shall have the same rights as a taxpayer unless otherwise is stipulated by legislation.

17.3. The tax agent is responsible:

17.3.1. correctly and timely calculate, withhold from the taxpayer and transfer appropriate taxes;

17.3.2. to keep the record of taxes paid by the taxpayer, withheld and transferred appropriately, including those which are personal for each taxpayer;

17.3.3. to submit to state tax authorities documents necessary to control the correctness of tax calculation, withholding and payment;

17.3.4. within 30 days to inform the tax authorities with which registered in writing on impossibility to withhold the tax from the taxpayer and the amount of taxpayer`s debts;

17.3.5. to perform other duties set by this Code.

17.4. For failure to execute or insufficient execution of his duties the tax agent shall hold the responsibility in accordance with procedure stipulated by this Code and other legislation.

17.5. For failure to execute or insufficient execution of his duties by tax agent, due to the fault of person under whose management this tax agent is, the responsibility in accordance with this Code and other legislation shall be laid on person the tax agent reports to.

Article 18. Interrelated persons

18.1. Interrelated persons for the purposes of taxation are natural and/or legal persons, relations between which might have direct effect on economic results of their activities or the activities of persons they represent.

18.2. For the purposes of this Article persons shall be considered as interrelated:

18.2.1. if one person directly or indirectly has a share in other person’s property and his share or vote is not less than 20 percent;

18.2.2. if one person reports to another person due to his ranking or one person is under the direct or indirect control of other person;

18.2.3. if persons are under the direct or indirect control of the third person;

18.2.4. if persons have a direct or indirect control over the third person;

18.2.5. family members indicated in article 13.2.7. of this Code.

Article 19. Permanent establishment.

19.1. The permanent establishment of legal or natural non-resident person in the Republic of Azerbaijan is the place in which such persons themselves or via their authorized representatives fully or partially conduct their entrepreneurial activities in the Republic of Azerbaijan for the cumulative period of not less than 90 days within any 12 months.

19.2. The permanent establishment shall include, but not to be limited to following:

19.2.1. the place of management;

19.2.1. subdivision;

19.2.3. office;

19.2.4. branch or agency;

19.2.5. construction and repair sites, installation and assembly facilities, as well as supervisory activities associated therewith;

19.2.6. platforms, sites, drilling equipment or vessels used for the exploration and production of natural resources, as well as supervisory activities associated therewith;

19.2.7. any fixed base (location) where a non-resident physical person carries out entrepreneurial activity;

19.2.8. premises used for the provision of consulting services;

19.2.9. any places of employment in which other types of entrepreneurial activity conducted on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic;

19.2.10. persons executing functions of the permanent establishment for non-resident enterprises or non-resident natural person in the Republic of Azerbaijan, or people acting on their behalf, authorized to make agreements on their behalf and usually conducting such responsibilities;

19.2.11. places of goods’ manufacturing and sale, execution of works and services;

19.3. Different from provisions of article 19.2. of this Code, following shall not be considered as activities performed by permanent establishment:

19.3.1. storing and demonstration of goods and products belonging to non-resident enterprise;

19.3.2. storing stocks of goods or products belonging to a non-resident enterprise for eventual processing and subsequent export from the Republic of Azerbaijan by a third party;

19.3.3. purchase of goods or manufacturing of products by non-resident enterprise for its own needs;

19.3.4. implementation by non-resident enterprise of any preparatory or support activity for its own needs;

19.3.5. the joint execution of any types of activities specified in articles 19.3.1-19.3.4. of this Code.

19.4. For the purposes of this Article any place in Azerbaijan Republic where legal or natural non-resident person conducts activities for the cumulative period of not less than 90 days within any 12 months shall not be recognized as permanent establishment; in this event the income from Azerbaijanian source in accordance with articles 125 and 169 shall be taxed at the source of payment.

Chapter III. State Tax Authorities (Agencies)

Article 20. State Tax Authorities and their purpose

20.1. State Tax Authorities in the Republic of Azerbaijan are the appropriate body of executive power and tax bodies under its direct management.

Within their level of competence tax authorities are holding the authority of law enforcement agencies.

20.2. State authorities are conducting their activities independent from local authorities of executive power.

Decisions made by tax authorities within their level of competence shall be obliging for all legal and natural persons.

20.3. Tax authorities shall be relieved from the payment of state fee for court applications proceedings.

20.4. The tax authorities shall exercise control over timely payment of taxes, with the exception of local taxes (municipal taxes), as well as road tax, VAT and excise tax, deduction of which is the responsibility of customs authorities.

20.5. When it is stipulated by this Code, authorities of tax bodies on road tax and in the area of import and export operations shall be conducted by customs in events and in accordance with procedures established by the legislation.

20.6. Authorities indicated in article 20.5. of this Code shall act within their level of competence on the basis of this Code, Customs Code, other laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan and legislative acts approved in accordance with thereof.

Article 21. Legal bases for the activity of State Tax Authorities

The Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, this Code and other legal normative acts of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be the legal bases for the activity of the State tax authorities.

Article 22. Social Protection of State Tax Employees

22.1. Social protection of State tax employees shall be guaranteed by the State, they shall be insured, on a compulsory basis, at the expense of the state budget. The procedure and conditions of compulsory insurance shall be established by the legislation.

Where a serious bodily injury is caused to a State tax employee, which prevents him from engaging in his professional activity, such employee shall receive from the budget the difference between official salary and pension.

Damage caused to the property of a State tax employee and his family members in relation with his professional duty shall be fully compensated from the state budget, the relevant amount further being collected from the person in fault.

22.2. For the purposes of social security of employees of tax authorities, as well as strengthening the material-technical base of the tax authorities, increasing the scientific and technical capacity in the field of taxation at the account of 50 percent from the amount of financial sanctions, applied by tax authorities and paid to state budget, the non-budgetary fund of these authorities shall be established. The rule of establishment of extra-budgetary fund of tax authorities and use of its funds is determined by the relevant executive authority.

Article 23. Rights of State Tax Authorities

23.1. State tax authorities shall have the following rights:

23.1.1. to perform the operative tax control, desktop and on site tax inspections in cases and in accordance with procedures established under this Code;

23.1.2. with respect to legal and physical persons, to examine all financial documents, accounting books, reports, estimates, cash, securities, and other assets on hand, returns, declarations and other documents relating to the calculation and payment of taxes, receive, and also in the case of accounting in an electronic format require information stored on electronic media of the taxpayer or electronic media of its branches, creating the possibility of direct or remote access to such data, from officials and other employees of organizations and individuals information and oral and written explanations on questions arising in the course of such examination;

23.1.3. to examine, in cases and manner, prescribed by Article 50-1 of this Code in order to determine the volume of production or sales, all production, storage, commercial and other premises (on the territories), maintained by organizations and individuals with the purpose of generating income or keeping taxable objects and conduct observation of such premises through chronometrical methods, to obtain documents and objects in cases, stipulated by the present Code, to conduct electronically and(or) in paper form inventory of property, owned or used by it (except for residential areas), or in accordance with the procedure established by respective executive power body;

23.1.4. to require the taxpayers to remedy the cases of violation of tax legislation and also, in cases when taxpayer shall be checked by auditor - auditor conclusion;

23.1.5. to review as stipulated in legislation the cases on violation of tax laws, to add interests for underpaid taxes of legal and natural persons, to apply financial sanctions and administrative penalties to such persons;

23.1.6. to provide in accordance with procedure established by the legislation, payment to the state budget, interests, financial sanctions and administrative penalties that are not paid in due time;

23.1.7. to issue to banks and other credit organizations the instruction, which shall be an executive (payment) document, to arrange for execution of administrative penalties for collection of arrears and tax interests, applied financial sanctions, calculated in accordance with legislation, to the state budget from the settlement, foreign currency and other accounts of taxpayers;

23.1.8. to file claim in the court of law on arresting the payment, current and other accounts of the taxpayer in cases and in accordance with procedure established by the legislation, to take measures on taxpayer’s property inventory in accordance with this Code;

23.1.9. to question citizens on tax issues in cases and in accordance with procedures established by the Law of Azerbaijan Republic on«Investigation activity»;

23.1.10. to enter and conduct the inspection of premises (with the exception of living premises), facilities and lands in cases and in accordance with the Law of Azerbaijan Republic on «Investigation activity»;

23.1.11. to make test purchases of commodities lands in cases and in accordance with the Law of Azerbaijan Republic on «Investigation activity»;

23.1.12. to conduct interrogation in accordance with procedures established by the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

23.1.13. if unmarked excise commodities, as well asliterature (in paper and electronic formats), audio and video materials,goods and articlesof religious significanceand other informationalmaterials of religiouscontent are found to provide the inventory of such commodities and pass them to the taxpayer for responsible storing or his consent, in locations determined by executive representatives of tax authorities;

23.1.14. to invite specialists, experts, translators and witnesses in accordance with procedures established in this Code;

23.1.15. in accordance with legislation to organize sales of commodities without excise marks or marked by forged excise marks confiscated by the court decision;

23.1.15-1. apply to thecourtfor the recoveryof debtsand accrued interests on calculated taxes, applied financial sanctionsto the state budget;

23.1.15-2. concludewith the taxpayers"TaxPartnershipAgreement" in order to minimizetax risks, in themanner and formdetermined by the relevantexecutivepower authority;

23.1.15-3. apply to the court for temporarily restriction of the right of the natural person or the head of the executive body of the legal entity, being a taxpayer, to leave the country, as a method to ensure the payment of the debt and interest on accrued taxes, applied financial sanctions, if the taxpayer fails to fulfill tax obligation within the term established by this Code;

23.1.15-4. supervise compliance with the rules established by the relevant executive authority in relation to the regulation of the turnover of goods subject to marking with excise stamps, on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

23.1.16. to use other rights stipulated by this Code and other legislative acts of the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with objectives of state authorities.

23.2. Superior tax authorities hold the right to cancel unlawful acts and decisions of subordinate tax authorities and their officials.

Article 24. Responsibilities of State Tax Authorities

24.0. State tax authorities shall:

24.0.1. ensure that taxes are correctly calculated and paid in full and on time, to follow completely the tax legislation;

24.0.2. to follow and observe the statutory rights of taxpayers;

24.0.2-1. after elimination of reasons that led to a temporary restriction of the right of the physical person or the head of the executive body of the legal person, being the taxpayer, to leave the country, within 2 (two) working days to apply to the court for the removal of this restriction;

24.0.3. to provide the taxpayers with free information either via mass media or individually on tax legislation and amendments to it, to explain the procedure for fulfillment of report applications, to give explanations on calculation and payment of taxes, to explain to taxpayers their rights and responsibilities;

24.0.4. to keep the record of calculated and paid taxes and provide the information to relevant state executive authorities;

24.0.5. collect, analyze and assess information on the violation of tax legislation, and take measures and, if necessary, submit proposals to appropriate state bodies, for eliminating causes and circumstances contributing to tax violation;

24.0.5-1. when receiving the information on taxpayers evading taxes and tax law violations from the persons, to investigate the facts indicated in application during the next operative tax control or regular site inspection at such taxpayer and at the end of the tax control to inform applicants of the results;

24.0.6. register taxpayers, their affiliates, representations, or other subdivisions (objects), as well as cash registers;

24.0.7. perform state registration and maintain state register of commercial legal entities and provide to relevant executive authorities the related information (except for the data on the founders (participants) of legal entities and their shares in the share capital) within procedures and terms stipulated under legislation.

24.0.8. in accordance with provisions of this Code and legislation, preserve the confidentiality of information concerning taxpayers, including the tax and commercial confidentiality;

24.0.9. to provide taxpayers with acts on the results of tax inspections, and, in cases established by legislation, copies of decisions of tax authorities;

24.0.10. to take measures established by legislation on crediting or return of overpaid amounts to the taxpayer, as well as return of taxes, financial sanctions, interests and administrative penalties erroneously levied from the taxpayers;

24.0.11. to control the activities of subordinate tax authorities;

24.0.12. to hold other responsibilities established by this Code, other legislative acts of the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with objectives of tax authorities.

Article 25. Rights and responsibilities of state customs authorities in the area of taxation

State Customs Authorities shall hold the rights and take responsibilities in the area of taxation during the movement of goods through the customs boundary of the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with this Code, Customs code and other legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 26. Relations between Tax Agencies and other Governmental Bodies

26.1. Tax agencies shall exercise their duties shall interact with central and local executive bodies and law enforcement, financial and other State authorities;

26.2. State governmental bodies shall be obliged to assist State tax authorities in application of their duties and in some cases provide, upon request, necessary information.

26.3. Customs bodies shall be obliged to furnish, on a regular basis, information at their disposal to appropriate body of executive power, stipulated by article 20.1 of this Code.

Article 27. State Tax Officials

27.1. Officials of tax authorities are at the state service.

27.2. Officials of tax authorities are appointed and removed from their position in accordance with procedure established by the appropriate body of executive power.

27.3. Officials of tax authorities shall not have the right to be involved in any entrepreneurial activity or any other type of paid activity, with the exception of scientific, pedagogical and creative activity.

Article 28. Special Ranks of Officials of State Tax Authorities

28.1. The officials of tax authorities are given the special ranks in accordance with their position, qualifications and duration of services.

28.2. The procedure for giving and removing of special ranking as well as other issues related with special ranking shall be established by legislation.

28.3. The officials of State Tax Authorities shall have the right to wear the special uniform and decorations in accordance with their special ranks. The sample of mentioned uniform and decorations shall be approved by relevant authority of executive power.

Article 29. Conflict of interests

29.0 State tax employees shall be prohibited from the conduct of their official duties when:

29.01. there is kinship between a official of tax authority and taxpayer;

29.02. official of tax authority or his family members have direct or indirect financial interest in taxpayer (taxpayer’s activity).

Article 30. Commercial (tax) confidentiality

30.1. Tax authorities and their officials in the course of performing official duties (for the period of their work in tax authorities or after they were dismissed from their duties) shall maintain secrecy regarding all information on taxpayers.

30.2. Any information received by tax authority and its officials from taxpayer shall be considered as commercial (tax) secret and information about private life with the exception of following:

30.2.1. disclosed by the taxpayer’s consent;

30.2.2. on taxpayer’s tax identification;

30.2.3. on statutory fund (statutory capital) of enterprise;

30.2.4. on tax violation and responsibility for such violations;

30.2.5. tax payments arrears;

30.2.6. information in the state register of legal entities (except for information about the founders (participants) of business legal entities and their shares in the authorized capital.

30.3. Commercial (tax) confidentiality shall not be disclosed by tax authorities and their officials, with exception of cases stipulated by legislation.

The disclosure of commercial (tax) confidentiality shall include, but shall not be limited to, mainly use or transfer to another person of commercial (tax) confidential information of the taxpayer that became open to the tax authority official, invited expert or specialist during application of their duties in tax inspection.

30.4. Information received by tax authorities that contain sensitive commercial (tax) information shall be under the special access and storing regime.

The access to information comprising the commercial (tax) confidentiality shall be available to officials by the lists approved by relevant body of executive power.

30.5. The loss of information comprising the commercial (tax) confidentiality or disclosure of such information stipulates the legal responsibility by the legislation.

30.6. Tax authorities and their officials indicated in article 30.1 of this Code, may in the order established by the legislation provide to other agencies information on taxpayer only in following cases:

30.6.1. to tax authorities and their officials for the purpose of carrying out their duties;

30.6.2. relevant body of executive power for the purpose of prevention and investigation of tax law violations with criminal case;

30.6.3. courts in the course of proceedings for establishing taxpayer’s tax liability or responsibility for tax violations or offences, as well as other criminal liability;

30.6.4. relevant government authorities of other states in accordance with international treaties to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is the party;

30.6.5. State social security and medical insurance funds ?” to the extent necessary for the implementation of laws concerning social security;

30.6.6. customs authorities ?” for the purpose of administering customs legislation;

30.6.7. financial monitoring authority - to prevent the legalization (laundering) of money or other property derived from crime and terrorist financing.

30.7. Government authorities and their officials shall return the documents that contain commercial (tax) confidentiality to the tax authorities that provided them with such documents.

30.8. Information concerning taxpayer may not be disclosed to another person without taxpayer’s written consent.

Article 31. Responsibilities of tax authority officials

31.0. Officials of tax authorities shall:

31.0.1. Follow this Code and other legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

31.0.2. within their level of competence apply the rights and responsibilities of tax authorities;

31.0.3. be attentive to taxpayers, their representatives and other participants of tax relations.

Chapter IV. Tax control

Article 32. Tax control - forms of tax control

32.1. The tax control is provided by tax authority for the purposes of complete and timely collection of taxes. The tax control is a single system of control over the registration of taxpayers and taxable bases as well as compliance with tax legislation.

32.2. The tax control is provide by relevant executive authorities in cases and in accordance with procedures stipulated by this Code and the Customs Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Control over calculation in accordance with legislation, complete and timely payment of local taxes (municipal taxes) is conducted by municipal tax authorities

32.3. The tax control is provided by tax and customs authorities and their official within their level of competence in accordance with this Code, Customs Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other legislative acts.

32.4. Tax authorities perform the tax control via registration of taxpayers and taxable bases, review of registration and accounting data, interview of taxpayers and other persons, inspection of premises (territories) used for the generation of income and other instruments established by this Code.

Article 33. Registration of taxpayers

33.1. For the purposes of tax control implementation, taxpayer legal entities shall be registered with tax authorities at place of registration (legal address, indicated in the state registration documents), at the place of received income from the Azeri source, if taxable income contains Azeri source and non-residents, who are not subject at the place of income payment, and individual entrepreneurs and residents - natural persons, which shall submit declaration in accordance with provisions of the Code hereof - at place of residence, and private notaries - at the place of their business,

During state registration the commercial legal entities, as well as representations and affiliates of foreign commercial legal entities shall be assigned with taxpayer’s identification number in accordance with provisions of legislation this shall be deemed as their tax registration. The state registration certificate issued for the purposes of this Code shall be deemed a certificate, which verifies the tax registration of the taxpayer.

33.2. If a taxpayer has a branch, representative office or other business entity (object), the taxpayer shall be registered as taxpayer both at per place of its residence as well as the location of its branch, representative office or other business entity (object).

Taxpayer registration at the location of its affiliate, representative office or other economic enterprise (facility) shall be performed in accordance with procedures established by this Code, with note issued to the taxpayer.

Branches, structural and other separated units specified in Article 13.2.39.3 of this Code, which are engaged in entrepreneur activities of legal entities, as well as branches and permanent representations of non-residents, established in accordance with legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, are registered separately and issued the TIN.

Units, located out of location of budget and non-commercial entities of the Republic of Azerbaijan and established for the purposes of implementation of their functions, may be registered separately and may be issued the TIN.

33.3. The registration of legal person as taxpayer with the tax authority or the natural person who performs its entrepreneurial activity without the establishment of legal person (individual entrepreneurs) shall be conducted independently from presence of circumstances established by this Code for the obligation on tax payments.

Diplomatic and consular representations of foreign states, operating on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as representations of international entities can be registered by state authority in accordance with this Article.

Foreigners and stateless persons who wish to exercise entrepreneurial activities as an individual without forming a legal entity shall be registered with the tax authorities as taxpayers on the basis of certificates issued by the relevant executive authority.

33.4. The application on registration with tax authorities shall be submitted by taxpayers to the tax authority at the place of their residence. The application to the tax authority shall be submitted within 30 days from the date of state registration of legal person, and for conduct of entrepreneurial activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan - within 30 days from the date of creation of branch or permanent establishment.

The relevant authority of executive power that provides the state registration along with registration documents shall issue to persons indicated in paragraph 1 of this Article the note indicating the date when these documents have been issued.

The registration of permanent establishment shall be in accordance with procedure established for legal persons in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Natural persons engaged in entrepreneur activities without formation of legal entity, shall submit the application to the tax authority until the day of start of entrepreneur activity.

Natural persons, who have the income, not subject to withholding tax (withholding tax payment is not possible), or who have the royalty income, or natural resident-persons, who have incomes from the sources outside of the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, shall submit the application to the tax authority no later than on the date of occurrence of the right to obtain the income.

33.5. In cases stipulated by article 33.3. of this Code the tax authority shall within 5 days inform the individual entrepreneur on its registration.

33.6. Shall taxpayer have any difficulties related to determining the place for registration the decision shall be made by tax authority based on the data submitted by the taxpayer.

33.7. Large enterprises and entities with special tax regime, specified in Articles 13.2.50 and 13.2.51 of this Code, can be registered on centralized basis in following order:

33.7.1. Centralized registration of large taxpayers and enterprises with special tax regime shall be conducted by tax authorities defined by relevant executive bodies.

33.7.2. The assignment of identification numbers to large taxpayers and enterprises with special tax regime shall be implemented in accordance with this Code.

33.7.3. Persons registered by tax authority at the place of location, upon their enlistment as large taxpayers or enterprises with special tax regime, shall be subject to centralized registration on previous identification numbers.

33.7.4. Tax registration of branches, representations or other economic subjects (facilities) centrally registered as large taxpayers and enterprises with special tax regime shall be implemented in the order established by this Code.

33.7.5. Legal entities, registered by tax authority at the place of location, within 15 days from the start of activities under special tax regime shall apply for tax registration by the relevant tax authority, engaged in centralized registration of taxpayers.

33.7.6. Centralized registration of enterprises engaged in special tax regime activities, or removal from centralized registration shall be implemented within the period of 15 days from the date of application to the relevant tax authority, conducting their centralized registration, with statement of start of activities in special tax regime or stoppage of such activities.

33.7.7. The tax authority, identified by the relevant executive body, shall annually, before May 15, make the decisions on exclusion of registration from the place of location or centralized re-registration of enterprises enlisted as large taxpayers, as well as any decision from their exclusion from centralized registration.

33.7.8. Centralized registration of enterprises enlisted as large taxpayers shall be implemented on the January of the following year, when the decision was made to perform centralized registration.

33.7.9. Relevant executive authority shall annually before June 15 submit to the relevant executive authority information on large taxpayers and enterprises with special tax regime, which were excluded from registration or re-registered centrally, in accordance with the form agreed with relevant executive authority.

33.8. Regulations of registration of divisions of the foreign state resident, operating in the Republic of Azerbaijan without the establishment of permanent representation on the basis of international treaties with participation of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning avoidance of double taxation, and also legal entity according to the article 13.2.5.3 of the present Code considered as the resident as per place of administration, shall be envisaged as follows:

33.8.1. Units not having permanent representations in the Republic of Azerbaijan, within 30 days from the start of activities in the Republic of Azerbaijan, and foreign legal entities, recognized as residents, shall submit applications to tax authorities at their location within 30 days from the date of recognition as residents in accordance with Tax Code of the Azerbaijan or provision of international treaties to evade double taxation to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is a signatory.

33.8.2. Application for registration of units, which do not form the permanent representation in the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as foreign entities, recognized as residents at the place of operations, shall be signed by foreign legal entity or its authorized representative.

33.8.3. For registration in tax authorities of units, which do not form the permanent representation in the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as foreign entities, recognized as residents at the place of operations no additional documents are required in addition to those stipulated under Article 33.8 of this Code.

33.8.4. To application submitted for registration of the unit, which is the resident of foreign state, not forming permanent representation in the Republic of Azerbaijan following shall be attached:

33.8.4.1. documents of registration in the county, in which the foreign legal persons was registered (incorporated) and extract from commercial registry;

33.8.4.2. decision of the competent authority of the resident of foreign state on establishment of unit, which is not forming permanent representation in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

33.8.4.3. foundation documents;

33.8.4.4. residency document approved by the tax authority;

33.8.4.5. document, verifying legal address in the Republic of Azerbaijan (leasing agreement, confirming the right of ownership or other documents);

33.8.4.6. copy of the document, verifying the identity of the head (founder) of the unit;

33.8.4.7. information on income sources in accordance with the form established by the relevant executive authority for units, which do not form permanent representation in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

33.8.5. To application on registration submitted by foreign legal entity recognized as resident at the place of operation, following shall be attached:

33.8.5.1. documents of registration in the county, in which the foreign legal persons was registered (incorporated) and extract from commercial registry;

33.8.5.2. foundation documents;

33.8.5.3. document, verifying legal address in the Republic of Azerbaijan (leasing agreement, confirming the right of ownership or other documents);

33.8.5.4. copy of the document, verifying the identity of the head (founder) of the unit;

33.8.5.5. information on structures, which are under direct or indirect control in the Republic of Azerbaijan and other countries, as well as information on income sources in accordance with the form established by relevant executive authority.

33.8.6. Documents stipulated under articles 33.8.4.1-33.8.4.4, 33.8.5.1 and 33.8.5.2, shall be legalized by the relevant executive authority or representation of the Republic of Azerbaijan in foreign states (consulates of other states, representing interests of the Republic of Azerbaijan).

33.8.7. Documents specified in Articles 33.8.4 and 33.8.5, attached to the application along with translation into Azerbaijani, verified by notary office.

33.8.8. Removal from tax registration and annulling the TIN of the unit of the resident of foreign state, operating in the Republic of Azerbaijan without formation of permanent representation shall be conducted following cases:

33.8.8.1. in liquidation of the entity, which is the resident of foreign state, or the unit, which does not form the permanent representation;

33.8.8.2. if the operations of the unit, which does not establish permanent representation, forms permanent representation.

33.8.9. Removal of the tax registration and annulling of the TIN of foreign legal entity, recognized the resident at the place of operation, shall be performed in following cases:

33.8.9.1. during liquidation of the foreign legal entity, recognized as resident at the place of operation, in the state, in which it was registered (incorporated);

33.8.9.2. during change of the residency of the foreign legal entity, recognized as resident at operation location.

33.9. The registration of payers of local (municipal) taxes shall be conducted by municipal tax authority.

Article 34. Procedure for registration, re-registration and cancellation of registration

34.1. The taxpayer (except for commercial legal entities and also representations and branches of the foreign commercial legal entities) shall submit the application to register with tax authority.

During the submission of application on registration taxpayers- legal persons, their branches and establishments (except for commercial legal entities and also representations and branches of the foreign commercial legal entities) along with application shall submit the copies andinformation on location (address) and charter (statues), documents, verifying the appointment of the director and address of the legal entity, as well as document verifying the identity of the director confirmed in accordance with established procedures.

Legal entities subject to taxation (except for commercial legal entities and also representations and branches of the foreign commercial legal entities) shall be registered upon the assignment of TIN to their superior organizations.

The application is fulfilled by the taxpayer of its authorized representative. The taxpayer (its management) shall bear responsibility for accuracy of information in their application.

During the submission of application for the registration the taxpayer- individual entrepreneur along with application shall submit the copy of document that confirms his personality and information on his address.

During the registration of taxpayers who are natural persons following shall be included in their personal details: last name, first name, middle name, date and place of birth, sex, address, the details of document that confirms the personality, information on citizenship.

The application for registration shall be confirmed by relevant executive authority.

Registration of natural persons with the tax authorities shall be conducted in electronic and (or) in paper format. The rules for their registration, re-registration and de-registration are established by the relevant executive authority.

34.2. The tax authority shall register the taxpayer within 2 days from the date when application on registration was submitted along with other documents specified in this article and at the same time to issue the relevant certificate (except for the tax registration of individualsin electronic format) to the taxpayer. Tax registration of individualsin electronic formatis made immediatelyandrespective certificateis sentto them inreal time to email address, specially formed for them. The Certificate, which is the main verification of the registration of taxpayer, shall be issued to the taxpayer only once and retained by him. If the Certificate is lost or became useless, new copy of certificate shall be issued by the application of the taxpayer. In this there is a record made on the issued copy, that it is the new copy of the certificate.

The form of taxpayer’s registration certificate shall be approved by the relevant authority of executive power.

34.3. In the case of change of the place of residence of the taxpayer he shall submit the application to the tax authority within 40 days from the date of such change. The re-registration (cancellation of registration with one tax authority and registration with other) of the taxpayer shall be performed by the tax authority with which the taxpayer was registered, within 15 days from the submission of application by taxpayer on change of his residence.

In the event of any change in information in the application form, submitted by the taxpayer for registration in the tax authority, or in foundation documents, he shall be submit within 15 days from the date of such change information to tax authority.

34.4. In the case of liquidation or re-organization of the legal person, the decision by legal person on liquidation of its branch or permanent establishment, seizure of activity through establishment, the seizure of activity by individual entrepreneur, the cancellation of registration shall be performed on the basis of taxpayer’s application with consideration of time limits established in Article 34.3. of this Code.

In cases stipulated under Article 33.2. of this Code, during registration of legal entity at the place of location, as well as place of location of branch, representation or other production facility (facility), its branch, representation or other production facility (facility) can be assigned with Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

34.5. Registration, re-registration and cancellation of registration shall be performed free of charge.

34.6. Each taxpayer shall be given a taxpayer’s identification number (TIN) for all types of taxes including payments connected with movement of commodities through customs borders of the Republic of Azerbaijan. This number shall be universal on the entire territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The tax authority shall indicate the taxpayer’s identification number in all notices sent to the taxpayer.

34.7. Taxpayers shall indicate TIN in accounting, statistical reports, tax calculations, contracts, invoices, receipts, cashier checks, letters, as well as in customs, bank and other payment documents.

34.7.1. If TIN is not indicated in any payments, bank and customs documents of the taxpayer, acceptance of these documents for execution by relevant bank entities, tax and customs authorities is not allowed.

34.7.2. Changes in registration data of taxpayers shall be implemented on the basis of applications, submitted by them under the form, approved by relevant executive authority.

34.7.3. Removal from registration of the natural person, who is the taxpayer, is possible in following cases:

34.7.3.1. removal from activities;

34.7.3.2. if found by the court to be missing,deceased or incapable in accordance with procedures defined under legislation;

34.7.3.3. death.

34.7.4. In the event of removal of the taxpayer from the registration, the certificate of its registration shall be submitted to the tax authority. The tax authority informs the bank office on recognition of the duplicate of certificate as invalid.

34.8. Relevant executive authority on the basis of registration data shall maintain the uniform state registry of taxpayers in accordance with this Code.

34.8.1. Taxpayers, when included in the uniform state registry, shall use the data of registration application submitted to the tax authority. Uniform state registry is maintained in paper and (or) electronic format.

34.8.2. Maintenance of the uniform state registry of the taxpayers contains the following:

34.8.2.1. maintenance of the taxpayers registry log in chronological order;

34.8.2.2. maintenance of the liquidated taxpayers registry log;

34.8.2.3. maintenance of amendments in relation to changes in the registry data of registered taxpayers;

34.8.2.4. issuance of relevant information to registered taxpayers.

34.8.3. The relevant executive authority provides the maintenance of the databank of the uniform state registry of taxpayers, its safeguard and security, provides extracts (except for the data on the founders (participants) of commercial legal entities and their shares in the share capital) from the uniform state registry of the taxpayers as a response to official enquiries in the order, established under this Code.

34.9. Unless otherwise stipulated by legislation, information on taxpayer from the moment of its registration shall be confidential tax information.

34.10. Organizations- tax agents, not registered as taxpayers, shall be registered with tax authorities at the place of residence in accordance with procedure stipulated by this article.

Article 35. Obligations of banks connected with registration of taxpayers

35.1. Legal entities, as well as representations and affiliates of foreign non-commercial legal entities, which are state registered by tax authorities, shall submit to tax authority the application for opening of bank account along with application for state registration or at any time upon registration, and other taxpayers- upon obtaining of certificate of registration. The tax authority on the basis of this application issues to the taxpayer no later than within 2 days the duplicate certificate. The number of duplicate certificates issued to the taxpayer is not limited and each of them is numbers. The application form submitted by the taxpayer for obtaining of duplicate certificate, and form of duplicate certificate is approved by relevant executive authority. Certificate-duplicate for the purpose of opening bank account shall be given within the term established by this article, in case if a taxpayer has no debt on taxes, interests and financial sanctions to the budget.

Upon issuance to taxpayer of the duplicate certificate as per paragraph one of this Article, the tax authority shall within 1 day submit to the relevant executive authority via electronic and/or paper carriers the information in the form set by the relevant executive authority.

35.2. Banks open (except for cases of opening of the accounts which are not connected with business activity for the non-resident) bank accounts for legal entities, their branches and representative offices, individual entrepreneurs only upon submission of the certificate duplicate, issued by the tax authority.

35.3. If the duplicate certificate was not used for opening an account within 10 days from the date of issuance it shall be deemed as invalid.

35.4. The duplicate certificate comprised of two parts. One part is remained in the bank, in which the taxpayer has opened an account, and part, called the «notification», banking authority, upon making of relevant markings shall send to issuing tax authority.

Upon obtaining from the banking institution of notification, specified in this Article, the tax authority shall insert the data in the notification into tax registration database and within 1 day shall submit this information to relevant executive authority via electronic and/or paper carriers.

35.5. Duplicate certificate allow opening of accounts only in the bank (branch of bank) specified on them.

35.6. If within 10 days «notification» of the duplicate certificate is not returned by the banking entity, the tax authority shall clarify the reason of it with the taxpayer and relevant banking entity. If duplicate certificate is not used within 10 days, the issued duplicate certificate shall be re-called and on the basis of official information from the bank that account was not opened, the relevant record is made in the registration data of the taxpayer on considering it invalid.

Article 36. Tax inspections

36.1. Inspections conducted by tax authorities can be on-site and off-site inspections.

36.2. During tax inspections tax authorities and their officials shall clarify all circumstances that can be important for making of right decision including the circumstances in taxpayer’s favor.

36.3. On site tax inspection shall cover the period of no more than 3 calendar years in taxpayer activities for taxes on profit, income, property, road and land. On other taxes - the taxpayer activities for the period of no more than 3 years, including the year of inspection.

If during the performance of tax inspection tax authorities have documented evidences in the necessity of receiving the information on the taxpayer which is connected with third persons and is relevant to the inspection, tax authorities may require such persons to provide documents related with inspected taxpayer’s activity. For such actions the motivated decision of tax authority is necessary.

The person, to which was sent the request or his authorized representative must approve the relevant documents or information and submit them to the tax authority within 10 working days of receiving the request.

36.4. It is not allowed to tax authorities to have on-site inspections on the same taxes, paid or to be paid by the taxpayer for already checked tax period with exception of cases when such inspection is conducted in connection with liquidation of legal taxpayer person or application of physical entity, carrying out business activity without establishment of the legal entity concerning termination of entrepreneur activity, and in cases stipulated by Article 38.3. of this Code.

36.5. Taxpayers who disagree with the results of tax inspection may ask for the out of turn inspection. In such case the additional tax inspection shall not be conducted by the officials of tax authority who had conducted the previous inspection.

36.6. Taxpayers hold the right to apply to courts for the reasons of inspections conducted by tax authorities.

Article 37. Off-site tax inspection

37.1. An off-site tax inspection shall be carried out without site visits on the basis of documents in the possession of the tax authorities, provided by taxpayer as well as other documents and information from a known source that reflect the calculation and payment of taxes, and documents on taxpayer’s activity.

37.2. Off-site tax inspection shall be conducted within 30 days from the date when documents providing basis for tax calculation and payment are provided by the taxpayer.

37.3. If unmatched or mistaken information is found in documents submitted to tax authorities for implementation of desktop inspection, tax authority shall be entitled to enquire the taxpayer to submit additional information, documents and explanations.

37.4. If incorrect tax calculation in tax declaration is found during desktop inspection (increased of decreased amount of tax) decision of the tax authority shall be sent by tax authorities to the taxpayer within 5-day period in accordance with form established by the relevant state executive authority. The decision of the tax authority shall include reasons of calculation and taxpayer’s right to appeal in accordance with Article 62 of this Code.

In the cases mentioned in the first part of this article, and (or) if the tax return, the documents and information needed to conduct an off-site tax inspection have not been submitted without a valid reason, the tax authorities may calculate taxes in accordance with Article 67 of this Code.

37.5. Until application from the taxpayer is submitted in accordance with Article 15.1.13 of this Code on implementation of new chronometer inspection, the results of last chronometer inspection can be taken as basis for calculation of taxes (except for the cases of suspension by the taxpayer of its activities in accordance with this Code , implementation of a site tax inspection covering the period of the chronometer inspection).

37.6. If during the off-site tax inspection the tax authority does not follow the rules established in articles 37.3. and 37.4. of this Code, the taxpayer holds the right to remedy mistakes within 30 days (including the incorrect calculation of taxes, reduction of tax amounts and other) that were allowed during the inspection and can be established during desktop inspection, and within this time period the taxpayer does not hold any responsibility (with exception of payment of interests) for violations of tax legislation.

Article 38. On-site tax inspection

38.1. On-site tax inspection shall be conducted on the basis of decision by the tax authority.

The on-site tax inspection can be planned or not planned.

The tax authority shall inform the taxpayer in writing about the planned tax inspection not later than 15 days before the date of the inspection.

38.2. The notification sent to the taxpayer shall include the information on reasons and date of the inspection as well as rights and responsibilities of the taxpayer and tax authorities.

Planned on-site tax audit shall be conducted not more than one time in a year. On-site tax audit shall not continue for more than 30 days. In exceptional cases by the resolution of supervising tax authority the timing for tax inspection can be extended for the period of up to 90 days.

On the basis of justified decision of the higher tax authority the term of preparation of the report on results of on-site tax inspection may be extended for the period not more than 30 days in the following cases:

when receiving the documents from the foreign state, required for objective and full conducting of on-site tax inspection, including the reply to inquiry of tax authority;

when inspecting the articles taken as samples, conducting of expertise in the course of on-site tax inspection or making the special conclusion with use of various spheres of knowledge;

when persons, sending the replies fail to forward the replies to inquiries in due time, made by tax authorities in connection with on-site tax inspection.

38.3. Not planned tax inspection shall be conducted in following cases:

38.3.1. If the last inspection of the taxpayer had indicated the situations of not maintenance of reporting documents by the taxpayer or the maintenance of such documents in inappropriate order, cases of evasion of 25 and more percents of taxable amounts;

38.3.1. If tax return documents, necessary for tax calculation and payment are not submitted in time or not submitted at all upon the warning of tax authority;

38.3.2. if incorrect information is found in the report made on the results of tax inspection.

38.3.3. When exceedingly paid amount of VAT, interest and financial sanction is assigned for the payment of other taxes, interests and financial sanctions or assigned as payments on future liabilities. In such case the out of turn tax inspection can be conducted only on taxable VAT operations of the taxpayer;

38.3.4. when application is submitted by the taxpayer to return exceedingly paid amounts of tax, interests and financial sanctions;

38.3.5. when tax authority obtained information from known source on indications of hiding (decreasing) of incomes or object of taxation by the taxpayer in the event that there exists information on tax violations by taxpayers registered for VAT purposes in accordance with Article 157.2;

38.3.6. when in accordance with criminal legislation there is a decision of the court or law-enforcement agency on implementation of tax inspection;

38.3.7. in case of failure to provide the documents, specified in article 42.4 of this Code, in due period stipulated by this article or provision of doubtful or distorted information;

38.3.8. in the event of application for liquidation, reorganization of the taxpayer legal entity or seizure of business operations of the natural person, operating without formation of legal entity;

38.3.9. if taxpayers who disagree with the results of the tax audit, require in writing to conduct an extraordinary on-site tax audit. In this case the extraordinary on-site tax audit can not be conducted by tax officials, who carried out previous audit.

38.4. The on-site tax inspection shall be conducted at taxpayer’s business day and business hours.

38.5. In the course of on-site tax inspection the inventory shall be performed according to justified decision of the respective executive power body in the following cases:

38.5.1. if in the course of last tax inspection the obvious non-keeping of accounting records by the taxpayer was found;

38.5.2. if in the course of last tax inspection, the obvious non-keeping of accounting records by the taxpayer required according to legislation was found and when arisen inaccuracies were not corrected after notification of the tax authority, and the report was not prepared according to stipulated regulations;

38.5.3. if in the course of on-site tax inspection of the taxpayer there were found non-marked goods, liable to marking by excise marks;

38.5.4. when inspecting the correctness of calculation and payment of the property tax of the taxpayer.

38.6. Regulations of inventory performance in the course of on-site inspection will be stipulated by the respective executive power body.

38.7. Based on a reasoned decision of the tax authority that made the decision on inspection, regular or special site tax audit shall be suspended (delayed) in the following cases, but not more than for 9 months:

38.7.1. if during a site tax inspection in respect of the taxpayer, the entity is not present at the address registered with the tax authorities or if it is impossible for whatever reason to identify the location or the seat of the entity - till determination of the place of stay of such entity;

38.7.2. in case of temporary disability of the taxpayer manager (his deputy), or an individual entrepreneur - till complete rehabilitation;

38.7.3. if invited expert or examination initiated by the tax authority - till submission of the inspection conclusion of specialist or expert;

38.7.4. on receipt from the foreign country of the documents necessary for a fair and complete site tax audit, including the response to the request of the tax authority - till receiving a response from a foreign country;

38.7.5. in the cases provided for in § 43.11 of this Code - before the entry into force of the Court's decision.

Article 39. Documenting the results of on-site tax inspection

39.1. An inspection report shall be prepared on the results of an inspection, such report being signed by a responsible official of the tax agency and the manager (person in charge) of the taxpayer. The taxpayer may include his comments in the report, refuse to sign the report and these shall be registered in the report.

39.2. Inspection report shall include all violations of tax legislation and specific articles of this Code as well as other legislative acts determined during the inspection and proved by documents or absence of any violations.

39.3. The form of tax inspection report and requirements for its filling shall be determined by the relevant executive authority.

39.4 One copy of the Tax inspection act shall be transferred or sent to the taxpayer (his authorized representative) in the manner allowing to confirm the date of submission no later than within 5 days from the date of act.

39.5. The taxpayer holds the right, if he is not in agreement with the report of tax inspection or any part thereof, within 30 days from the date of receipt of tax inspection report to submit to relevant tax authority in writing the reasons for the refusal to sign such report or his comments for the report or any of its parts. The taxpayer holds the right to enclose to his written comments (objections) the copies of documents that confirm the reasonability of such objections or motives for not signing the inspection report and pass them to the tax authority.

39.6. No later than in 15 days upon the expiration of time specified in article 39.5. of this Code the head of tax authority (his deputy) shall review the documents provided by the taxpayer or collected from the taxpayer in accordance with procedures stipulated by this Code, the tax inspection report, issues of non-compliance with tax legislation and remedial activity on violation determined as well as application of relevant sanctions (penalties).

39.7. If taxpayer provides written explanations or objections on the tax inspection report the materials of inspection shall be reviewed in the presence of taxpayer’s officials or individual entrepreneur and/or their representatives.

The tax authority shall inform the taxpayer on the venue and time of the tax inspection materials revision. If taxpayer, regardless of the advance notification did not show up without excuse, then materials of inspection, including the objections by the taxpayer, explanations, other documents and materials shall be reviewed in his absence.

Article 40. The access of officials of tax authorities to the areas and premises for the performance of on-site tax inspection

40.1. The access of tax authority officials performing the on-site tax inspection on the territory or premises (with exception of living premises) used by the taxpayer for the performance of entrepreneurial activity shall be provided via submission by such officials of their office identification documents, decision of the head of tax authority (his deputy) on performance of on-site inspection or the court order.

40.2. The tax authority officials who perform the inspection shall not be entitled to enter living accommodations (premises) without the consent of natural persons who live there.

40.3. Should any obstruction be caused to the official of tax authority on getting the access to the territory or premises (with exception of living accommodations/premises) specified in article 40.1 of this Code the report shall be made which shall be signed by officials conducting the survey and the taxpayer. On the basis of this act the tax authority shall be entitled to define the payable tax amounts in accordance with the procedures stipulated under Article 67 of this Code.

Should the taxpayer refuse to sign the report the relevant note shall be included thereof. The copy of the report shall be submitted to the taxpayer.

40.4. Unlawful obstructions to the access of tax authority officials who perform the on-site tax inspection to the territory of premises (with exception of living buildings (areas)) used by the taxpayer for entrepreneurial activity shall be considered as violation of tax legislation and involves the responsibility established by legislation.

Article 41. Revision

41.1. The tax authority official, who performs the on-site tax inspection for the purposes on findings of all circumstances necessary for the integrity and fairness of inspection, holds the right to revise the territories, premises as well as documents of the taxpayer inspected.

41.2. The revision of territories, premises, documents and belongings without performance of on-site tax inspection is not allowed except for the following cases:

41.2.1. if documents or belongings were received by the tax official during the previous inspection, or;

41.2.2. there is a consent of the owner of documents or belongings.

41.3. The revision shall be performed in the presence of witnesses.

41.1. During the revision the person inspected and/or his representatives as well as experts may participate at the revision site.

41.5. Protocol shall be made upon the completion of the revision.

Article 42. Document inquiry

42.1. The tax authority official, who performs the on-site tax inspection shall be entitled in accordance with the procedure established by this Code, together with the notice sent to the taxpayer in accordance with Article 38.1 of this Code, to require from the taxpayer to provide documents, necessary for inspection, as well as electronic files.

The person, who was required to provide documents or electronic files, shall be obliged to submit such documents to the tax authority within a period of 15 business days.

The documents are presentedin the formof dulycertified copies.

42.2. Should the taxpayer fail to provide the tax inspection official with documents required within timeframes specified in article 42.1. of this Code or inform the tax official on the absence of such documents or electronic files that act shall be made who will be signed by the tax authority officials performing the inspection and the taxpayer. Should the taxpayer refuse to sign this act the relevant note shall be made thereof. The copy of this document shall be submitted to the taxpayer. If it is not possible to receive required documents or their copies during the on-site inspection from other sources, on the basis of above act the tax authority shall be entitled to determine the amounts of taxes that shall be paid in accordance with the procedure stipulated under Article 67 of this Code.

42.3. The refusal of the taxpayer to provide the documents or electronic files required by the tax officials performing the on-site inspection within timeframes stipulated in article 42.1. of this Code shall involve the responsibility established by the legislation. If there is a refusal to provide documents or electronic files in accordance with provisions of this Article, the tax authority official performing the on-site tax inspection shall collect the necessary documents in accordance with article 43 of this Code.

42.4 Documents required for performance of tax control and implementation of enquiries made under international treaties to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is a signatory, or their appropriately approved copies on the basis of enquiry of the tax authority shall be submitted by the taxpayer within 20 days period.

Article 43. Withdrawal of documents and belongings for sampling purposes

43.1. The withdrawal of documents and belongings for sampling purposes shall be allowed only during the on-site tax inspection.

43.2. If during the on-site tax inspection revision of documents presented for the purposes of taxation by the taxpayer shall require more time as well as if any violations to the tax legislation are determined in submitted documents or if specified violations are connected with belongings the tax authority official performing the on-site inspection shall have the right to withdraw documents and belongings provided to him in accordance with Article 42 of this Code. The withdrawal of documents and belongings for sampling purposes by the tax authority official performing the on-site tax inspection shall be based on the motivated decision of the head of tax authority (his deputy).

The volume, quantity, timing of withdrawal and procedure for revision shall be established in accordance with this Article.

43.2.1. During the on-site inspection items are taken as samples for following purposes:

43.2.1.1. inspections for compliance of the value of goods (works and services), assigned for costs, deducted from income, its physical and quality indicators, origin and other indicators;

43.2.1.2. inspection of compliance of profits obtained from provision of goods (works, services) and registered physical and quality indicators of these goods (works, services), type, origin and other indicators;

43.2.1.3. determination of market values of these goods (works, services);

43.2.1.4. evidences of violation of tax legislation, including storage, sell and imports of excise goods, not marked by excise labels or marked by forged excise labels;

43.2.1.5. other cases required for taking of items as samples for evidencing the violations of tax legislation.

43.2.2. In cases and under purposes stipulated by Article 43.2 of this Code, the tax authority representatives conducting the inspection, shall inform in writing the head of the tax authority or his deputy on taking of sample items at the same day.

43.2.3. The information of the officer of tax authority, implementing on-site tax inspection, motivating the inventory of items for sampling, shall be reviewed by the head (deputy) of the tax authority and only after this decision on inventory of items for sampling can be taken.

43.2.4. The form of decision on taking of items for sampling during the on-site tax inspection shall be approved by the relevant executive authority.

43.2.5. Items, confiscated as samples during on-site tax inspection, dependent of their properties shall be packed by the tax offices and if required they shall be locked by the inspector.

43.2.6. Size, volume of inventory of items for sampling during implementation of on-site tax inspection as well as other conditions in connection with inventories shall be defined by codes and standards, existing on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

43.2.7. Items confiscated as samples can be taken for the period of no more than 30 days, considering the time required for studies of these items.

43.2.8. Storage of items taken as samples and their preservation, their study by organizations established and performing in accordance with legislation at the expense of the tax authority.

43.2.9. In cases when items confiscated as samples did not lost their consumer properties, they shall be returned to the taxpayer. But if products confiscated as samples have lost the consumer properties they shall be compensated by the tax authority.

43.3. Copies of documents verified by the taxpayer to be taken.

43.4. It is not allowed to withdraw documents at nighttime (from 20:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M.).

43.5. It is not allowed to withdraw the documents and belongings that are not necessary for tax calculation during the on-site inspection.

43.6. The withdraw of documents and belongings as samples shall be done in the presence of persons and/or their representatives from whom documents and belongings are being withdrawn and witnesses. When necessary, expert can be invited to participate during the withdrawal of documents and belongings.

43.7. The tax authority official before withdrawal of documents shall present the motivated decision of the head tax authority (his deputy) on withdraw, as well explains to participating persons their rights and responsibilities.

43.8. The protocol shall be made on withdraw of documents and belongings for sampling purposes with consideration of requirements of article 48 of this Code.

43.9. The copy of the protocol on withdrawal of documents and belongings for sampling purposes shall be issued to the person from whom the documents and belongings were withdrawn for sampling purposes. It shall be mentioned in the protocol and confirmed by the signature of person from whom documents and belongings were withdrawn.

43.10. In cases, when the taxpayer during the on-site tax inspection does not provide documents and items for sampling, the refusal acts is made in accordance with the form, approved by relevant executive authority, which is signed by the tax officer, other persons participating in inspection (witnesses, experts, specialists) as well as the taxpayer or his representative.

43.11. Should the taxpayer fail to provide documents and belongings for sampling purposes in accordance with procedure established in this Code the withdrawn shall be made by the court order based on the motivated appeal of the tax authority performing the on-site tax inspection.

Article 44. Expert analysis

44.1. When necessary expert may be invited to participate in on-site tax inspection.

The expert analysis shall be appointed if necessary skills are required, to clarify issues.

44.2. Issues laid upon the expert and his conclusions shall not exceed the expert’s special skills.

Expert shall be invited on contractual basis. The contract may stipulate rights and responsibilities of parties, issues laid upon the expert, expert’s responsibility for erroneous or false conclusion and other issues stipulated by civil legislation.

44.3. The expert analysis shall be appointed by the decision of tax authority performing the tax inspection.

The decision shall include the reasons for the appointment of expert analysis, last name, name and middle name of the expert or name of organization that conducts the expert analysis, issues laid upon the expert and materials to be provided to the expert.

44.4. The expert holds the right to review inspection materials provided to him and apply for the provision of additional materials.

44.5. The expert may refuse to provide the expert conclusion if materials provided to him are not sufficient and if he does not hold special skills to conduct the expert analysis.

44.6. The authorized representative of the tax authority who made the decision on appointment of the expert analysis shall advice about such decision the taxpayer who is going to be checked and explain to him his rights stipulated in article 44.7. of this Code.

44.7. During the appointment and conduct of expert analysis the inspected person holds the right:

44.7.1. to cancel the appointment of certain expert;

44.7.2. apply for the appointment of experts from the persons he indicates;

44.7.3. to provide additional issues to get expert opinion of the expert on such issues;

44.7.4. to participate directly or via authorized representative during the expert analysis by providing the advance notice to the tax authority official performing the tax inspection;

44.7.5. to review the expert conclusion.

44.8. The expert shall provide conclusion on his behalf and sign this conclusion. In the conclusion the expert describes surveys that he had conducted, his opinion and answers to the questions that were laid. If during the expert analysis the expert will determine circumstances that were not laid upon him he shall have the right to include his opinion on such circumstances into his expert conclusion.

44.9. Copy of conclusion or his notification on the impossibility to provide such conclusion shall be issued to the person inspected who holds the right to give his explanations and state his objections, as well as to ask to raise additional issues to the expert and appointment of additional analysis.

44.10. The additional expertise shall be appointed in the case if the expert conclusion is not clear enough or complete and this expert analysis shall be assigned to the same or other expert.

The expert analysis shall be repeated if the conclusion of expert is not reasonable and there are some suspicion for its accuracy. The analysis in such case shall be assigned to another expert.

The additional and repeated expert analysis shall be assigned in the order established by this article.

44.11. Should claim of the inspected party on rights stipulated under Articles 44.7 and 44.9 of this Code be declined, head (deputy) of the tax authority shall make the motivated decision indicating reasons for declining the claim and submits the copy of decision to inspected party.

Article 45. Invitation of specialist to provide assistance in tax inspection

45.1. The specialist can be invited by the decision of the head of tax authority (his deputy) when the performance of on-site tax inspection will require special knowledge and experience in areas that are not linked with the area of expertise of the tax authority.

45.2. The specialist shall have special knowledge and experience and shall not have any interests in the results of case. The conclusion of specialist that does not comply with these requirements shall not be used by tax authority.

45.3. Specialist shall be invited on contractual basis. The contract may stipulate rights and responsibilities of parties, issues laid upon the specialist, specialist’s responsibility for erroneous or false conclusion and other issues stipulated by civil legislation.

45.4. Specialist invited in accordance with article 45.1. of this Code shall provide the conclusion on issues laid upon him. The specialist conclusion shall be made in writing, signed by him and attached to the on-site tax inspection report.

45.5. If taxpayer does not agree with the conclusion of specialist attached to the inspection report he may make relevant comments in the report.

45.6. The compensation for losses caused to the tax authority or the taxpayer as the result of wrong or false conclusion shall be considered in accordance with civil legislation.

Article 46. Participation of translator

46.1. When necessary the translator may be invited for on-site tax inspection. The invitation of translator shall be done based on the decision of the head of tax authority (his deputy).

46.2. Translator shall be the person who doe not have any interest in the outcome of the case and knows languages he needs to translate from and into. This provision shall also be true for person who understands the deaf and dumb signs of physical persons.

46.3. Translator shall be invited on contractual basis. The contract may stipulate rights and responsibilities of parties, translator’s responsibility for erroneous or false conclusion and other issues stipulated by civil legislation.

Article 47. Participation of witnesses

47.1. During the on-site tax inspection witnesses may be invited in cases stipulated by this Code.

47.2. The number of witnesses invited shall not be less than two people.

47.3. Only physical persons who do not have any interests in the outcome of case shall be invited as witnesses.

47.4. Tax authority officials can not be invited as witnesses.

Witnesses shall confirm in protocol the fact, content and results of actions taken in their presence.

If necessary, witnesses can give their explanations to specified actions.

The same person can not be invited by tax authorities as a witness for more than once in a tax year.

Article 48. General requirements to the protocol made during the actions on tax inspection

48.1. In cases stipulated by this Code protocols shall be made during the tax inspection. Protocols are made on azeri language.

48.2. The protocol shall include the following:

48.2.1. name of the protocol;

48.2.2. venue and the date of action;

48.2.2. the time of action start and completion;

48.2.3. position and name of the person who made the protocol;

48.2.4. The name of the person involved in the action or participating during the action, and when necessary- his address, citizenship, information on his knowledge of Azeri language;

48.2.6. the content of action, the order of its execution;

48.2.7. facts and circumstance clarified during the implementation of action;

48.2.8. if samples of goods are withdrawn for sampling purposes in accordance with this Code the protocol shall include the quantity, volume and other specific characteristics of such goods.

48.3. The protocol shall be read by all persons who participated in the action. Specified persons shall have the right to make comments that shall be included in the protocol and attached to the case.

48.4 The protocol shall be signed by the tax authority official who developed it as well as all other persons who participated in the action.

Article 49. Making the decision based on the results of tax inspection materials revision

49.1. Based on the revision of tax inspection materials the head of the tax authority (deputy head) shall make one of the following decisions within 10 days:

49.1.1. on calling the taxpayer to account for violation of tax legislation;

49.1.2. on refusal to call the taxpayer to account for violation of tax legislation;

49.1.3. on additional measures for inspection.

49.2. The decision on calling the taxpayer to account for violation of tax legislation shall contain the circumstances of the taxpayer’s violation of tax legislation, documents and other information that confirm the indicated circumstances, explanations of the taxpayer and results of revision of such explanations, with indication of articles of relevant laws that stipulate the applied measures of responsibility for tax legislation violation. The specific violations of tax legislation for which the taxpayer is being called to account shall be explained to the taxpayer.

49.3. On the basis of decision on calling the taxpayer to account for violation of tax legislation no later than 10 days the taxpayer shall be sent the request on payment underpaid taxes, interests, amounts of financial sanctions, administrative penalties as well as the remedial of indicated violations.

49.4. The copy of the decision of tax authority and requirement shall be issued to the taxpayer or his representative with registration of the date of receive. When due to the deliberate actions of the taxpayer or his representative the copy of the tax authority decision and/or request can not be issued, documents shall be deemed issued from the moment from the date they are received by registered mail.

49.5. The failure of tax authority officials to comply with requirements of this article may provide the basis for cancellation of the tax authority’s decision by the supervising tax authority or the court.

49.6. On tax violations determined for which the taxpayer to be called to administrative account the authorized tax official, who conducts the inspection shall create a separate protocol on administrative violation. The revision of cases on such violations and application of administrative sanctions to taxpayer’s officials and individual entrepreneurs shall be conducted by tax authorities pursuant with the Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Administrative Offences.

49.7. The provisions of this article shall also be applicable to tax agents.

Article 50 Operative tax control

50.1. The operative tax control is the form of tax control implemented in stores used for generation of incomes for legal entities and natural persons engaged in entrepreneur activities, in trading and similar premises (territories) (with exception of residential premises (areas) and transportation means (with exception of personal transportation not used for entrepreneur activities), having the following purposes:

50.1.1. Recognition of taxpayers, not registered by tax authorities, in cases and in accordance with procedures defined by this Code or taxpayers who did not receive the «Dot Mark» in accordance with Article 221.4.7 of this Code;

50.1.2. Recognition of facts of sale, storage for sale or transportation from the manufacturing facility of goods, as well asliterature (in paper and electronic formats), audio and video materials,goods and articlesof religious significanceand other informationalmaterials of religiouscontent not marked by excise labels or marked with forged excise labels.

50.1.3. Compliance of rules on payments with population;

50.1.4. Recognition of facts of acceptance of foreign currency as means of payment and purchase and sale or exchange of currency values at commercial, catering and service establishments with violation of rules established by legislation;

50.1.5. Compliance with the rules on collection of once paid duties;

50.1.6. Recognition of persons engaged in activities requiring special permit (license) without such permit (license);

50.1.7. Reveal of attraction of natural persons to any work (services) by the employer without entering of the employment contract into legal force in accordance with procedures stipulated under the Labor Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

50.1.8. Definition and precise specification of production scope or sales turnover;

50.1.9. Supervise compliance with the rules established by the relevant executive authority in relation to the regulation of the turnover of goods, subject to marking with excise stamps on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

50.2. Following shall serve as basis for operative tax control:

50.2.1. facts, established during the on-site tax inspection implemented by the tax authority;

50.2.2. information obtained from sources known by tax authorities;

50.2.3. if the taxpayer did not follow the requirements of the tax authority on prevention of violations of tax legislation within the timeframe established by this Code;

50.2.4. If tax authorities had sufficient facts on violation of legislation on issues stipulated under Article 50.1 of this Code by legal entities and natural persons.

50.3. Operative tax control is implemented on the basis of motivated decision of the tax authority. Such decision shall indicate the territory of taxpayer location, as well as issue (issues) covered by the operative tax control, term of operative tax control and officer (officers) of the tax authority performing the operative tax control.

50.4. The operative tax control starts without preliminary notification to the taxpayer and implemented in actual business hours. The officer of the tax authority, implementing operative tax control, upon the start of control shall immediately submit the decision of the tax authority to the taxpayers, as per Article 50.3 of this Code.

50.5.Officers of the tax authority implementing operative tax control within their competence shall implement the access to the territory or premises of the taxpayer (with exception of living premises (areas), inspection of territories and premises (with exception of living premises), as well as review of the documents and items, require the submission of documents, inventory of documents and items for sampling, attraction of experts, specialists, translators and observers as well as enlistment of excise goods, not marked by excise label or marked by forged excise label, in accordance with procedures stipulated by this Code.

50.6. By the results of operative tax control, tax authority officers shall make the act in accordance with the form defined by the relevant executive authority. During theoperative tax controlmeasures apply the provisions of Articles39-43and46-49of this Code.

50.7. If by the results of the operative x control the taxpayer is attracted to administrative liability in accordance with Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan on administrative violations, separate protocol shall be made on administrative violation. Review of cases on violations and application of administrative punishments towards the responsible taxpayer- its officer and the taxpayer- individual entrepreneur shall be made in accordance with Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Administrative Violations.

50.7. Taxpayers performing cash operations on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall perform such payments with use of cash registers in accordance with procedures established by relevant executive authority.

50.8. Cash register receipts shall contain the following information:

50.8.1. Taxpayer name;

50.8.2. TIN;

50.8.3. date and time of receipt printing;

50.8.4. name and address of facility location;

50.8.5. name, unit of measurement, quantities of goods or services (works), price per unit and total amount (including the amount of VAT or simplified tax);

50.8.6. quantities and number of receipts printed over the day;

50.8.7 type and manufacturer’s number of cash register;

50.8.8 sign(indication)of the fiscal regimeof cash register.

Article 50-1. Inspection by chronometer method

50-1.1. The purpose of the inspection by chronometer method being a kind of operative tax control is the definition and precise specification of production or sales turnover in the production, storage, trade and other areas (on territories) used for the generation of income by taxpayers or related to the content of the objects of taxation, in cases:

50-1.1.1. if taxable turnover in the taxpayer tax returns compared to the previous reporting period decreased by 30 percent or if the tax authorities have information, the source of which is known, on the disparity of circulating amounts to economic indicators of the taxpayer activity, number of employees, amount of inventory, the selling price and value of assets;

50-1.1.2. if revealing the fact of repeated violation of rules on settlements with the population;

50-1.1.3. if the tax authority received the requirement from the taxpayer to conduct new inspection by chronometer method on the basis of Article 15.1.13 of this Code.

50-1.2. The requirement of the taxpayer in accordance with Article 15.1.13 of this Code on performing new inspection by the chronometer method may be filed by the taxpayer at any time, but no earlier than one month after the last inspection by chronometer method, and the next time not earlier than 2 months after the last observation.

50-1.3. Inspection by chronometer method should not interfere with normal activities of the facility and conducted using the rules provided for in Article 50.3-50.6 of this Code, within a period not exceeding 15 working days.

50-1.4. Prior to the inspection at the site, where should be conducted inspection by chronometer method, the tax authority has the right in order of control to make test purchases of goods (works, services) in order to determine the cost of goods (works, services).

50-1.5. If during the inspection by chronometer method is found that prices applied by taxpayers to the goods (works, services) are greater than 30 percent (in either direction) from the prices generated by the test purchase of goods, the volume of production or sales turnover shall be calculated taking into account the prices generated by test purchases of goods.

50-1.6. The results revealed during the inspection by chronometer method at the end of the working day are recorded by the relevant act. Final results of inspection by chronometer method are summarized based on daily performance as the average daily figure, about which is drawn up the respective act.

Article 51. Inadmissibility of causing the unlawful damage during the tax inspection

51.1. During the tax inspection it is inadmissible to cause any unlawful damage to the taxpayer or property owned, used or operated by him.

51.2. Losses caused as a result of unlawful actions of tax authorities of their officials during the tax inspection shall be compensated to the taxpayer at the complete volume, including the missed profit (missed income).

51.3. Tax authorities and their officials shall be responsible for the damage caused to the taxpayers in the result of unlawful actions, in accordance with existing legislation.

51.4. Losses caused to the taxpayer by the lawful actions of tax authority officials with exception of cases stipulated by legislation shall not be compensated.

Article 52. Financial sanctions procedure for violation of tax legislation

52.1. Upon the decision on attraction of the taxpayer to liability for violation of the tax legislation, relevant tax authority, in accordance with procedures established by the Article 65 of this Code, or via the court shall accept from liable party all financial sanctions in accordance with this Code.

52.2. Claims on acceptance of financial sanctions by tax authorities are considered in accordance with Civil Code of Practice of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

52.3. The execution of the court decision on payment of financial sanctions is implemented in accordance with procedures stipulated under legislation.

Article 52. Consideration of cases in courts and execution of verdicts on application of financial sanctions for violations of tax legislation

52.1. Cases on application of financial sanctions initiated by tax authorities shall be proceed in accordance with Civil Process Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

52.2. The execution of court verdict on financial sanctions entered into force shall be provided in accordance with procedures established by the legislation.

Chapter V. Responsibility for violation of tax legislation

Article 53. General basis of responsibility for violation of tax legislation

53.1. Taxpayers, tax agents and their representatives as well as tax authority officials shall be responsible for violation of tax legislation in accordance with the procedures set by this Code, Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Administrative Offences, Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

For the violation of tax legislation financial sanctions and interests, established by this Code shall be applied to the taxpayers and tax authorities.

53.2. No person can be called to account for the same action (lack of action) involving violation of tax legislation twice.

53.3. Every taxpayer shall be deemed innocent in violation of tax legislation until his guilt is proved in accordance with procedures of this Code or the verdict of court entered into force.

The taxpayer is not obliged to prove his innocence in violation of tax legislation.

The obligation for proving the circumstances confirming the fact of the violation of tax legislation by the taxpayer shall be laid on the tax authorities.

Any unproved doubts in taxpayer’s guilt for violation of tax legislation shall be interpreted in taxpayer’s favor.

The taxpayer shall hold the right to remedy mistakes during consideration of taxable base, calculation and payment of tax.

Provisions of this article shall also be applied to tax agents.

53.4. During revision of circumstances of tax violations, factors like deliberate or mistaken misconduct, the age of the person responsible for application of administrative responsibility, presence of mitigating or burdening circumstance shall be established by this Code and provisions of Administrative Violation Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

53.5. When violation of tax legislation is connected with transportation of goods through the customs borders of the Republic of Azerbaijan it shall be considered in accordance with the procedure established by Customs Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

53.6. If the person has committed several violations of tax legislation, then financial sanctions will be applied separately as per each violation.

53.7. If person to whom financial sanctions are applied for violation of tax legislation did not have similar violations within 1 year from the date the sanction was applied it shall be deemed as not penalized.

53.7 Drawing of the taxpayer or tax agent to liability for violation of tax legislation does not release them from execution of responsibilities on taxes and legal requirements of executives of tax authorities.

53.8. Unless otherwise is stipulated under International Treaties to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is a signatory, agreements on production sharing, main export pipeline and other similar agreements, approved by the legislation, bringing to administrative account of taxpayer official (officials) due to failure to submit on time without valid reasons of tax reporting associated with such activities in implemented in accordance with the Code on Administrative Violations of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 54. Circumstances that exclude the calling to account for violation of tax legislation

54.0. Person can not be called to account for violation of tax legislation if one of the following is involved:

54.0.1. the absence of the event of violation related to the tax legislation;

54.0.2. the absence of the fault of the person in the violation related to the tax legislation;

54.0.3. the natural person had conducted the violation related to the tax legislation at the age that do not allow his attraction to account.

54.0.4. expiration of the date for calling to account for violation of tax legislation.

Article 55. Circumstances that exclude the guilt of the person for violation of tax legislation

55.1. Following circumstance shall exclude the guilt of the person for violation of tax legislation:

55.1.1. The violation of tax legislation as the result of natural disaster or other emergency or force majeure circumstances;

55.1.2. The violation of tax legislation by the taxpayer (natural person) who at the moment of misconduct was not conscious (was not controlling his actions) or did not manage his actions due to the ill condition;

55.1.3. execution by the taxpayer or tax agent of written instructions and explanations provide by the tax authority or other authorized state authority or their officials within their level of competence;

55.1.4. finding of lawful basis in taxpayer’s actions during re-consideration of decisions of tax authorities;

55.1.5. the credit of overpaid amounts, including overpaid amount by tax agents, for any taxes to balance the underpayments on other taxes;

55.1.6. the remedial by the taxpayer of any tax violations connected with the erroneous calculation of taxes and failure to comply with tax liabilities before the tax inspection.

55.2. In presence of circumstances established in article 55.1. of this Code the person shall not hold the responsibility for violation connected with tax legislation with exception of payment of interest in cases stipulated by article 55.1.6. of this Code.

Article 56. The expiration of the date for calling to account for violation of tax legislation and application of financial sanctions

56.1. The person can not be called to account for violation of tax legislation and not tax liabilities may arise if the period of 3 years had passed from the date of the tax violation.

56.2. Tax authorities may appeal to court in order to apply financial sanctions not later than within 3 months from the moment of determination the tax violation.

Article 57. Financial sanctions for offenses relating to the failure to submit the reports and other information

57.1. To the taxpayer, who did not submit in timely manner the tax report or note specified under Article 16.2 of this Code without valid reasons, on the basis of the decision of the head (deputy) of the tax authority the financial sanction is applied at the value of 40 manats.

57.2. Against the taxpayer, who has not provided the information stipulated under Article 89.3 of this Code, within timeframes established without any valid reasons, on the basis of the decision of the head (deputy) of the tax authority shall be applied the financial sanction at the amount of 100 manats.

57.3. In respect of the taxpayer, untimely submitting a documents (including information in electronic form), provided for in Article 23.1.2 of this Code, or submitting them in a deliberately distorted way, and without a good reason delaying the terms stipulated in Article 71.4 of this Code, documents or information, shall be applied the financial sanction in the amount of 100 manats.

Article 58.Financial sanctions for decreasing taxes and other tax violations

58.1. If the taxpayer has reduced the amount of tax (including the tax at the sources of payment), specified in the report, compared to the amount, which shall be specified in the report, as well as if he did not submit the report and did evaded from transfer of required amount of tax to the state budget, towards him the financial sanction is applied at the rate of 50 percent of the reduced or evaded tax amounts (except for additional tax amount, calculated as a result of cameral tax audit).

58.2. For non-submission of application on tax registration within the period, specified in Article 33.4 of this Code, or information on location or residence within the period specified in Article 34.3, as well in the event of non-submission of information on changes in other registration documents (requisites, indicated in the application of taxpayer for registration), as well for transportation of passengers and cargoes with automobile transport means without the «Dot Mark», stipulated under Article 221.4.7 of this Code, the penalty is applied against the taxpayer at the amount of 40 manats.

58.3. Should the taxpayer violate the order of writing off funds from the account stipulated under the Civil Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, from his cash desk, from the date of issuance of the order to the credit organizations or persons carrying out banking operations on payment to the state budget in accordance with procedures stipulated under Article 65 of this Code, and in the absenceof accountswith credit institutionsor personscarrying out bankingoperations -from the date ofexpiry of the periodspecified in the noticeprescribed by Article65.1of this Code - the financial sanctions shall be applied at the size of 50 percent of cost operations.

Whencommittingtaxpayerexpense transactionsin cashfrom itsofficesin violation ofthe Civil Code ofthe Republic of Azerbaijanorderdebitsfrom the accounton the date ofthe creditorganizations or individualsengaged in banking operationsinordertoholdthe state budgetin the manner specifiedin Article 65of this Code,debtsand interest, penalties on taxes,and in the absenceof accountswith credit institutionsor personscarrying out bankingoperations -from the date ofexpiry of the periodspecified in the noticeprescribed by Article65.1of this Code -financial sanctions in theamount of 50 percentof expenditureoperations.

58.4. In the event that taxpayer’s VAT registration was mandatory in accordance with Article 115 hereof, financial sanction amounting to 50 % of the VAT amount to be paid by a taxpayer to the Budget for the whole period when a taxpayer was engaged in a business activity without VAT registration shall apply for the business activity carried out without VAT registration.

58.5. Financial sanction amounting to 100% of the amount of taxes shown on the electronic tax invoice produced to a taxpayer shall apply for submission of electronic tax invoice on VAT, in the event that registration for VAT purposes in accordance with Articles 157 and 158 did not come into effect or was cancelled.

58.6. For payment by the taxpayer referred to in article 175.8 of this Code, the amount of VAT later than on the date of payment of the cost of goods (works and services) in accordance with Article 175.1.3 of this Code, the taxpayer shall be subject to financial sanctions amounting to 50 percent of unpaid VAT.

58.7. For violation of rules of carrying out of cash settlements, thus implementing of cash settlements with population without use of cash registers or accountable forms (without installation of cash registers, in case of lack of accountable forms in the form established by the legislation or without cash payment), with use of cash registers, which have not been registered by tax authorities or not complying with technical requirements, without use of accountable forms established under legislation, or with use of accountable forms, which do not comply with forms approved as appropriate, non-issuance of receipts or other accountable forms to be issued to the buyer, bank statements, to be issued to the customer by the bank departments on currency exchange or issuance with indication of amount lower than paid actually, rules of maintenance of registration of cash operations with population in the event of temporary seizure of use of cash register the financial sanctions shall be applied as follows:

58.7.1. upon a single violation within a calendar year - in the amount of 400 manats, in relation to those provided for in Article 218.1.2 of this Code - in the amount of 2000 manats;

58.7.2. upon a repeated violation within a calendar year - in the amount of 800 manats, in relation to those provided for in Article 218.1.2 of this Code - in the amount of 4000 manats;

58.7.3. for a third or any subsequent violation within a calendar year - 1200 manats, in relation to those provided for in Article 218.1.2 of this Code - in the amount of 6,000 manats.

58.8. For hiding of raw materials, semi-manufactured goods, finished products and other valuables, as well as funds, at the size of more than 1000 manats or their non-registration, the following financial sanctions shall apply to taxpayer:

58.8.1. for the portion exceeding 1000 manats of total amount of these valuables or funds, hidden or unregistered,?” at the rate of 5 percent;

58.8.2. should such event reoccur during the year, for the portion exceeding 1000 manats of total funds of these valuables and funds hidden or unregistered,?” at the rate of 10 percent.

58.9. In the event of introduced changes to indicators of control and measurement devices, damaging of seals on process equipment during the period from application of the seal until its removal, as per Article 194.2 of this Code, found deviation in excise marking of products, incomplete registration, in inventory of excise marks, as well as delivery of finished products outside of production area with violation of Article 191.2 of this Code the financial sanctions shall apply to the taxpayer at the amount of 5000 manats.

58.10. For establishing conditions for hiding (reduction) of incomes of natural persons via their involvement by employer to perform any works (services) without entering of the employment contracts into legal force, in accordance with Labor Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, financial sanction is applied against the employer at the amount of 1000 manats for each such person.

58.11. Against taxpayer the financial sanction shall be applied at the amount of 100 percent of funds paid to his business account (except for correspondent accounts, opened by resident banks in non-resident banks) open for business in non-resident banking institutions and other non-resident credit institutions without obtaining of the duplicate certificate from the tax authority.

Article 59. Interest on overdue debts and overpaid taxes

59.1. For failure to pay the tax or current tax payment in period stipulated by the present Code, the interest at rate 0,1 % of the amount of tax or current tax payment shall be withheld from the taxpayer or tax agent for each day of delay.

59.2. Interest rates established by article 59.1. of this Code shall be applied in respect of overdue amounts of taxcurrenttax payments for the whole period of delay but not more than for 1 year. This interest shall be applied to delayed payments of tax amounts, found during the site tax inspection, from the date of payment of such tax amounts to the taxpayer.

59.3. Where taxes are overpaid or the amount of tax not charged correctly, unless otherwise stipulated by this Code, interest shall be paid to the taxpayer at the rate of 0.1 percent of relevant amounts beginning from the date that an application on the refund of the excess amount is placed up to the date that such amount is refunded.

If overpaid amounts of tax are refunded to the taxpayer within 45 days from the date of application interests shall not be paid to the taxpayer.

Article 60. Financial sanctions applied to banks and other credit organizations managing various types of banking activity

60.1. Following financial sanctions shall be applied to banks and institutions managing various banking accounts:

60.1.1. For opening a current bank account, or other account, for a physical or legal person involved in entrepreneurial activity in accordance with this Code, in the absence of a duplicate certificate issued by the tax authority in accordance with Article 35 of this Code has been issued to such legal person, individual entrepreneur, branch and permanent establishment by the relevant tax authority - the amount of 400 manats for each account set;

60.1.2. For not executing a request of natural or legal persons involved in entrepreneurial activity for payment of taxes from the resources available in such taxpayer’s running or other accounts in national or foreign currency, as well as instructions of tax authorities on deductions from taxpayers’ accounts, debts, interests and financial sanctions on taxpayer taxes in the order of payment stipulated by the Civil Code, or the freezing of fundsin the amountprescribed by this Code- in the amount of 50 percent of the value of transactions made in violation of the order of priority, or the amounts specified inthe instructionof the tax authoritiesto freezefunds in the amountprescribed by thisCode. Therewith the sum of applied financial sanction should not exceed 50 percent of the amount specified in these payment orders or instructions of the tax authority.

In the case of undoubted deduction of funds from the taxpayer’s currency account the bank freezes on the currency account the funds at the value of 105 percent of the amount specified in the instructions at the rates established by the Central Bank at the date of payment. The instruction shall be fulfilled upon converting the currency funds of the taxpayer into manats.

60.1.3. For not execution of instructions of tax authorities on stopping the operations on payment and other accounts of natural or legal persons involved in entrepreneurial activity- at the amount of 10 percent of the value of operations conducted on these accounts.

60.1.4. For failure to fulfill the requirements of Article 76.2-1 of this Code - in the amount of 30 percent of the total amount of conducted transaction, and if the transactions on these accounts have not been conducted - in the amount of 400 manats for each such account.

60.2. In cases stipulated in article 60.1.2. of this Code upon the submission of relevant instructions to the banks and other credit institutions managing various types of banking activity the interest shall not be charged from taxpayer effective from the date of such instruction.

Article 61. The responsibility of tax authorities and their officials

61.1. Tax authorities and their officials shall hold the responsibility in accordance with provisions of existing legislation for any losses caused to the taxpayers as the result of their unlawful activities (decisions) or lack of action, as well as unlawful activities (decisions) or lack of action of officials and other employees of indicated authorities during execution of their duties.

61.2. Losses caused to the taxpayers as a result of activities (decisions) or lack of action indicated in article 61.1. of this Code shall be compensated on the basis of court verdict.

Unless otherwise is stipulated by this Code, the amounts of overcharged tax sanctions, interests and administrative penalties in the cases of absence of tax debts shall be refunded or credited to future payments within 45 days from the date of submission of relevant application by the taxpayer.

61.3. For any unlawful activities (decisions) or lack of action, as well as not execution or inappropriate execution of their duties, officials and other employees of tax authorities shall be called to account in accordance with existing legislation.

Chapter VI. Appealing of decisions (acts) of tax authorities and actions or lack of action of their officials

Article 62. Procedure for appealing

62.1. Each taxpayer or any liable person shall have the right to object the decisions (acts) of tax authorities, activities of lack of action of there officials.

62.2. Decisions (acts) of tax authorities, activities or lack of action of their officials can be appealed at the supervising tax authority (supervising official) and/or in court.

The submission of appeal to the supervising tax authority (supervising official) does not exclude the right of simultaneous or subsequent submission of similar appeal to the court.

62.3. The appeal to the supervising tax authority (supervising tax official) shall be submitted within 3 months from the date when the taxpayer or any other liable person had determined or was to determine the violation of his rights.

Should the taxpayer or other liable person miss the time period indicated in paragraph 1 of this article for good reasons, this time period can be re-established by supervising tax authority or supervising official of the tax authority.

Article 63. Revision of appeal by the tax authority

63.1. The appeal on the decision (act) of tax authority, activity or lack of action of its officials shall be reviewed by the supervising tax authority or its official within 30 days from the date of receipt and a written respond should be sent to the person, who submitted the complaint.

The person who submitted the appeal shall be informed on the decision in writing within the period of 10 days.

63.2. When taxpayer does not agree with amount of tax calculated that he has to pay he may without stopping the tax payment submit the lodge to the relevant executive authority performing the tax control or the court.

The taxpayer holds the right not to pay financial sanction during the revision of his lodge.

63.3. The appeal by the taxpayer of other liable person to the tax authority (official) shall not stop the execution of action (decision) being appealed, with exception of cases stipulated by paragraph 2 of article 63.2. of this Code.

If the decision (action) being appealed does not comply with legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the tax authority (official) who reviews the appeal holds the right to stop completely or partially the execution of such decision (action). The decision on stopping the execution of such action (decision) shall be made by the head of tax authority who took such action or by the supervising tax authority.

63.4. When the amounts of tax, interest or financial sanction are being appealed and as a result of satisfaction such appeal the requirement for the payment of tax, interest or financial sanction was completely or partially removed the taxpayer shall be entitled to:

63.4.1. to receive compensation for erroneously charged amount in accordance with article 61.2 of this Code;

63.4.2. to receive interests from these amounts in accordance with this Code.

Article 64. The revision of court appeals

Lodges (appeals) on decisions (actions) of tax authorities, activities or lack of action of their officials, which are submitted in the court, shall be reviewed in accordance with procedure established by the Administrative-Procedural Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Chapter VII. General provisions on tax payments

Article 65. The procedure on collection of tax debts

65.1. If the taxpayer did not implement the tax obligation within timeframe specified by this Code, the tax authority shall send to the taxpayer the notification on payment within 5 days of taxes, interests and applied financial sanctions, calculated or re-calculated in accordance with this Code.

65.2. Except as provided for in Articles 65.2.1.1 and 65.2.1.4 of this Code, in other cases on the charged or overcharged taxes, interests and applied financial sanctions, tax authority gives to the credit organization or person engaged in banking operations, the order, being the executive (payment) document to freeze the funds at the current or other accounts of the taxpayer in national or foreign currency in the amount of 105% of the debt and covering debit operations.

65.2.1. The tax authority issues to the credit organization or person engaged in banking operations the order, being the executive (payment) document to recover debts for taxes, interest and financial penalties to the state budget from the current and other accounts of the taxpayer in the national or foreign currency:

65.2.1.1. in case of taxpayer's failure to effect payment of calculated and declared tax by the due date, subject to Article 65.1 of this Code;

65.2.1.2. if after receipt of the notice referred to in Article 65.1 of this Code, the taxpayer within 30 calendar days shall not apply to the court with complaint as per the taxes, interests and financial sanctions applied by the tax authority;

65.2.1.3. according to the relevant court judgment, if any;

65.2.1.4. in case of availability of the written consent of the taxpayer.

65.2.2. If after receipt of the notice referred to in Article 65.1 of this Code, the taxpayer within 30 calendar days applies with a complaint to the court in connection with calculations of tax authorities, a credit institution or a person engaged in banking operations, according to the valid court order and in accordance with Article 65.2.1.3 of this Code provides for execution of issued order.

65.2.3. Tax authority ensures the collection of VAT tax arrears only from VAT deposit account of the taxpayer to the state budget . In the absence of the taxpayer funds on the VAT deposit account, sufficient for the payment of VAT tax arrears, in order to recover VAT tax arrears to the state budget in the manner prescribed by this Code may be issued an order for the other accounts of this entity.

65.3. Should the taxpayer have monetary means on current or other accounts in national or foreign currency the instruction of the tax authority shall be fulfilled by the bank or other crediting organization at the date when such instruction is obtained.

65.4. Should the taxpayer not have any monetary means on current or other accounts in national or foreign currency or monetary means are not sufficient to cover tax debts and interests, payment of applied financial sanctions orfreeze the fundsin the amount prescribedby this Code, the instruction of the tax authority shall be kept by the bank or other crediting organization and is fulfilled as monetary means are deposited on taxpayer’s account.

65.5. Should the debts not be paid within 90 days from the date of obtaining of instruction by the bank or other crediting organization and in the event when no information on registration of property for coverage of debts is issued within next 5 banking days in accordance with this Code, the instruction is returned and can not be applied again for the same debt.

In the event when bank or crediting organization have received notification from the tax authority on issuance of decision to conduct the property inventory or on refusal of the relevant executive authority to conduct the property inventory, as stipulated in Article 89.15 of this Code, the instruction is left at force until the taxpayer has fulfilled his tax obligations on this debt.

65.6. Instruction of tax authorities on payment to the state budget of tax debts and interests, applied financial sanctions shall be implemented by the bank or other crediting organization in accordance with order on payments stipulated by the Civil Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

65.7. If the instruction of tax authorities on deduction to the state budget of tax debts and interests, applied financial sanctions is directed at taxpayer’s currency bank account, the bank or crediting entity shall freeze funds in the account in accordance with procedures stipulated in Article 60.1.2. of this Code, providing the immediate notification to the taxpayer on this. Upon implementation by the taxpayer of conversion operation, bank or crediting entity shall fulfill the instruction of the tax authority.

65.8. If instruction of the tax authority on payment to the state budget of tax debts, interests and financial sanctions is issued to a number of banks or crediting entities, and tax debts, interests and financial sanctions are paid to the state budget from any current or other accounts in national or foreign currency of the taxpayer or frozen, tax authority shall provide the immediate recall of instructions issued to other banks or crediting entities.

Before recall of the order of the tax authority, credit organizations or persons engaged in banking operations, shall suspend execution of the order on such funds with freezing funds in the amounts charged (paid) to the state budget in the account of the taxpayer on the basis of the document confirming the charging (payment) to the state budget of taxes arrears, interests and financial sanctions.

65.9. Returning of exceeding funds paid to the state budget from current or other accounts in national or foreign currency of the taxpayer shall be implemented in accordance with procedure established by Article 87 of this Code.

Article 66. Illegal income

If income, classified as illegal not to be confiscated in accordance with legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, illegality of such incomes shall not affect its taxation.

Article 67. Procedure for determining the taxable base in certain cases

67.1. In the cases referredto in Articles37.4and50.1.1of theCode, as well as in cases when the documents required for implementation of on-site inspection were not submitted, did not allowed the access to the territory or premises (except living premises (areas)), does not maintain the accounting at all or in accordance with established procedures, in the event of destruction (loss) of accounting and reporting documents, as well as if it is impossible to determine tax articles for any other reason, the tax authority shall be entitled to calculate the tax amounts to be paid, using following matching information:

67.1.1. tax declarations submitted by the taxpayer to the tax authority for previous reporting periods;

67.1.2. official data on taxpayer income, including indirect incomes;

67.1.3. official data on taxpayers costs, including costs for purchasing of goods (movable property and real estate), works and services for individual consumption;

67.1.4. official data on tangible and intangible assets owned or used by the taxpayer;

67.1.5. official data on physical capacity of produced and (or) provided works (works, services) by the taxpayer;

67.1.6. official data on import and export operations of the taxpayer;

67.1.7. official data on funds located at taxpayer’s accounts, including the data on movements of funds on banking accounts;

67.1.8. any other information, received by the tax authority from known source.

67.2. Determination of the tax, which shall be subject to payment by the taxpayer, is provided on the basis of similar information, information held by tax authorities about the taxpayer, engaged in entrepreneurship, similar activities of the taxpayer with consideration of following indicators:

67.2.1. production of analogue on same kinds of products;

67.2.2. provision of analogue or same kinds of products, implementation of works and provision of services;

67.2.3. territory of the activity.

67-2. Taxation of legal persons and individual entrepreneurs who have received investment promotion certificate

67.3. If taxes are calculated on the basis of similar information and information on same taxpayer, the tax amount is defined by multiplying of the amount of income or costs, deducted from the taxpayer’s income, to the rate of the specific weight of the tax within the reporting period in the income or costs deducted from the income taxpayer, engaged in similar activities.

67.4. If similar information on the taxpayer can not be obtained, taxes are calculated on the basis of registration and reporting information of the taxpayer, engaged in similar activities.

67.5. If on the basis of similar information it is not possible to calculate the income tax of natural persons, working on contract basis, or if the work of natural persons is not documented, the tax authority calculates the amount of the income tax on the basis of mean monthly wage along the country over previous year.

67.6. If in the tax authority for calculation of tax there are several sets of similar information on the taxpayer, the tax is calculated on the basis of similar information, providing basis for calculation of tax at the highest amount.

67.7. In calculation of the tax on the basis of similar information overpaid taxes, interests and financial sanctions of the taxpayer are taken into consideration.

67.8. For taxpayers submitting to the tax authority the information on absence of entrepreneur activities, property, land and taxable operations in accordance with Article 16.2 of this Code, taxes are not calculated on the basis of similar information.

67.9. Upon the submission of declarations on taxes calculated on the basis of similar information, calculated taxes are re-calculated with consideration of declarations.

67.10. Taxation on the basis of similar information is performed in accordance with Article 65 of this Code.

67.11. If any operation is conducted between mutually connected persons, when determining the taxable income generated by people not connected with each other the tax authority may distribute incomes and costs between such persons.

67.12. If the person declares the receiving of amount which is not enough to cover his personal needs including the payment of property fees, the tax authority shall determine the income and taxes on the basis of costs incurred for previous periods, including credits and debts.

67.13. In cases when for the purposes of taxation barter operations are considered as sell of goods (works, services) at market prices, relevant operations shall be registered by electronic tax invoices.

When the amounts of barter operations in electronic electronic tax invoices are reduced, the tax authority determines the taxable base with consideration of market prices, calculates the amount of tax and applies sanctions stipulated for the violation of tax legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

67.14. In the cases referred to in Article 67.1 of this Code, if definition of income or expense by the taxpayer is possible, the tax on profit (income tax) shall be calculated in accordance with Article 83.9 of this Code.

Article 67-1. Taxation in the industrial or technology park

67-1.1. If a resident of the industrial or technology park will provide utility and other objects of taxation located in the industrial or technology park before the expiration of the grace period set forth in this Code:

67-1.1.1. to a new resident who has bought utility and other objects of taxation and pledged to begin production or continue the production of goods (works, services) in accordance with the existing investment project of the former resident, the tax benefits are granted within the remainder of this period;

67-1.1.2. to a new resident who has bought utility and other objects of taxation and pledged to organize the production of other types of goods (works, services) in accordance with the new investment project and to make investments in the amount of not less than the amount set by the relevant executive authority, tax benefits are granted for the full period provided for in this Code.

67-1.2. If a resident of the industrial or technology park provides utility and other objects of taxation located in this industrial or technology park after expiry of the grace period set forth in this Code:

67-1.2.1. to a new resident who has bought utility and other objects of taxation and continues to produce the goods (works, services) in accordance with the existing investment project of the former resident, the tax benefits are not available;

67-1.2.2. to a new resident who has bought utility and other objects of taxation and pledged to organize the production of other types of goods (works, services) in accordance with the new investment project and to make investments in the amount of not less than the amount set by the relevant executive authority, tax benefits are granted for the full period provided for in this Code.

67-1.3. If a resident of the industrial or technology park will create another production area in the industrial or technology park according to a new investment project, the tax benefits established by this Code, shall be calculated from the date of registration of the resident in the industrial or technology park on the new investment project in an order stipulated by the relevant executive authority. In this case, the tax benefits set out in this Code shall apply to the activities of the new investment project.

67-1.4. If during the period of application of tax benefits, the resident of industrial or technology park operates outside the industrial or technology park, it shall account for revenue and costs associated with these activities separately. In this case, a resident of the industrial or technology park shall pay taxes on the income from activities outside of the park, in the general procedure established by the Tax Code.

67-1.5. In the case provided for in Article 67-1.3 of this Code, during the period of application of tax benefits, the resident of industrial or technology park shall account for revenue and costs associated with the activities of other production area, established in the industrial or technology park under the new investment project separately.

Article 67-2. Taxation of legal persons and individual entrepreneurs who have received investment promotion certificate

67-2.1  In case when the person who has received investment promotion certificate hands out  business and other taxation objects before the expiration of the privilege period provided by this Code, the tax privileges are given for the rest of this period to the new person who gets business and other taxation objects and undertakes to begin or continue to produce goods (work, service) according to existing investment project

67-2.2  In case when the person who has received the invesment promotion certificate in the past estbablishes a producation area under new investment project, the tax privileges provided by this Code are calculated by the date of receipt of investment promotion certificate by the person on new invesment project

67-2.3  In case when the the person who has received the invesment promotion certificate operates not related to investment project in the period of application of tax privileges, he  keeps account of the income and expenses associated with this activity separately and pays the taxes on income from these operations in general forms defined in this Code

Article 68. Procedure on determining the time period

68.1. The duration of any period established by this Code shall start from the day which follows the day of execution of legal activity of actual event that stimulate the counting of such period.

68.2. Any period shall expire at the end of the last day of the period stipulated by this Code. If any period stipulated by this Code is a non-business day it shall be postponed to the following business day.

Article 69. Exchange of foreign currency into manats

If any taxable operation is implemented in foreign currency the exchange of such currency into manats shall be conducted in accordance with the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan on the date of operation.

Article 70. Correspondence with taxpayers

70.1. If the requirement of tax authority to the taxpayer or the requirement of the taxpayer to the tax authority is not in writing or electronic format and was not submitted by one party to another party, such requirements shall not have any legal force for neither the tax authority nor taxpayer.

70.2. Any notification or other document sent by a tax agency to a taxpayer shall be signed by the chief of that tax agency (deputy chief) and sealed. The documents shall be considered to be served when they are delivered by registered mail or in person to the address mentioned as a final address in the documents on official registration of a taxpayer - legal person or in the registration documents of a taxpayer-physical person.

70.3. Documents on tax calculation or other documents developed in accordance with tax legislation can not be considered as invalid or having any violations if:

70.3.1. their content complies with tax legislation and;

70.3.2. they indicate the recipient person or the person whose taxes are calculated.

Article 71. Compiling and maintaining records by taxpayers

71.1. Any person shall be obliged to document any operation that:

71.1.1. entails a tax obligation for that person;

71.1.2. entails an obligation to withhold tax for that person; or

71.1.3. entails an obligation for that person to submit information.

71.2. Taxpayers shall be obliged to maintain records indicated in article 71.1. of this Code in accordance with established procedure.

71.3. If a taxpayer’s documents have been drawn up in a foreign language, tax authorities require the translation of such documents into Azerbaijani.

71.4. Accounting documents, including information in electronic and (or) paper format should be kept for at least 5 years in a readable form within the time prescribed by law.

Article 72. Submission and development of tax reports

72.1. For the purposes of this Code, a tax report shall consist of a tax declaration.

72.2. In accordance with the provisions of this Code and other legal normative acts, taxpayers that are required to submit a tax report shall submit such tax report to the relevant State tax authorities, within the term stipulated in this Code, in accordance with the form and in the place determined by the relevant central executive authorities.

Tax reports can be provided by the taxpayer personally or any other form allowing confirmation of submission of the report (including submission or sending in the form of electronic document in accordance with the respective legislation to the post service).

Submission of tax reports in the form of electronic document shall be performed in an order stipulated by the executive authority. Provisions of articles 72.3, 72.4, 72.6.3 and 72.6.4 of this Code shall not be applied to the taxpayers, filed the documents in the form of electronic document.

72.3. A tax report shall be signed by the taxpayer or his/its duly authorized representative.

72.4. In accordance with legislation an independent auditor providing a taxpayer with the service of preparing a tax report shall sign and seal the tax report and indicate his Taxpayer’s ID. If such report is prepared by more than one person, it shall be signed by the chief person.

72.5. If data in the reports for previous reporting period is varying from data on initial control documents, with exception of cases stipulated under Article 163 of this Code, taxpayers shall submit corrected report for subject reporting period. If the amount of tax to be paid to the budget in accordance with corrected report exceeds the tax amount to be paid in accordance with the report provided earlier, the additional calculated amount shall be paid with interests accrued, and if such amount is less-calculated amounts of tax or interests are decreased. Corrected reports or reports not submitted in timely manner can be furnished by the taxpayer before the date of decision on implementation of on-site tax inspection.

72.6 Stipulating acceptance by a tax authority of a tax report after conducting its office (cameral) inspection or any other actions shall be unallowable and shall entail responsibility as provided by the legislation. Only in the following cases tax report shall not be accepted by a tax authority, if:

72.6.1. Tax ID number of a taxpayer is not mentioned or mentioned incorrectly;

72.6.2. The tax period is not reflected;

72.6.3. the tax report, submitted in the form of paper document is not approved by a taxpayer-legal person with signatures and seal;

72.6.4. the tax report is not signed by a taxpayer-physical person;

72.6.5. if the tax report submitted in the form of electronic document by taxpayers - legal and physical persons is not corresponding to the requirements of respective legislation or regulations.

72.7. In the event that tax report submitted in accordance with this Code or other legislative acts was not accepted in cases mentioned in Articles 72.6.1 -72.6.5 of this Code, the taxpayer shall, within 3 working days from the date of submission of the tax report, be sent a notice of this, as well as of submission of the report to the tax authority after having removed inaccuracies established.

Article 73. Submission of information on payments

A person who pays for any work performed or services rendered, or who makes any other payments shall, if so required by legislation, submit information to State tax authorities on such payments, as well as to the person that receives the income.

Article 74. Extension of the term for submitting tax reports

74.1. If, before the end of the term for submitting reports, a taxpayer places a request for the extension of the term for submitting a profit or income tax report and pays the due tax in full amount, the term for submitting reports shall be deemed to have been extended for up to three months. The extension of the term pursuant to this Article shall not change the term for the payment of tax.

74.2. If the amount of tax as per the report exceeds the amount paid, the relevant difference shall be paid to the budget along with interest calculated from the last day of the tax payment term.

Article 75. Responsibilities of Banks and other credit organizations, managing various types of banking activities for taxpayers

75.0. Banks and institutions managing various banking accounts shall be obliged to:

75.0.1. open a current or other accounts in national or foreign currencyfor legal entities and physical persons carrying out business activity without establishment of legal entity, only upon the presentation of a document proving that a taxpayer’s identification number has been issued to such person by the relevant State tax authorities; advise State tax authorities of such accounts opened by a taxpayer; and not carry out operations on accounts unless bank documents reflect the taxpayer’s identification number;

75.0.2. execute a request of legal entities and physical persons carrying out business activity without establishment of legal entity for payment of taxes from the resources available in such taxpayer’s current or other accounts in national or foreign currency;

75.0.3. to execute the instructions of tax authorities on freezing in accordance with procedures established by the legislation of operations of bank accounts oflegal entities and physical persons carrying out business activity without establishment of legal entity;

75.0.3. transfer tax amounts to the relevant budget (to another banking institution providing a cash service to the bank or to the budget) on the date that resources are written off from a current or other accounts in national or foreign currency of legal entities and physical persons carrying out business activity without establishment of legal entity.

Article 76. Provision of information by banks and other credit organizations managing various banking activities

76.1. When revealed the facts of non-keeping by the taxpayer of profit and loss records in accordance with this Code, the making of the banking operations in the period of suspension of work, liquidation (loss) of accounting or reporting documents and also non-submission of the tax declarations within fixed periods or taxpayer's failure to provide the documents to officials of tax authorities in the course of conducting of tax inspection, failure to provide access to tax authorities to the territories or premises (except for apartments), and if requested by the relevant authorities of other states on the basis of the information exchange provisions of international treaties on taxation concluded by the Republic of Azerbaijan with other states, for receiving the information for tax purposes in respect of the person against whom this treaty is applied, in the banks of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the operations on these accounts, the tax authorities so that to determine the tax liability of the taxpayer shall have the right, upon sending written notice to the credit organization or person carrying out banking operations in accordance with the laws, to receive information on bank accounts and operations of the taxpayer (person) served by this bank.

76.2. Upon receipt of notification sent in the manner according to Article 76.1 of this Code, a credit institution or a person carrying out banking operations, in the form approved by the relevant executive authority, shall, within five working days send (transfer) to the account holder an official information on provision of the information specified in this notification to the tax authority and within 15 days submit the necessary information to the tax authority.

76.2-1. Banks and credit organizations engaged in certain types of banking operations, in accordance with the international agreements signed between Azerbaijan Republic and other countries, by the relevant executive authority must provide information on the financial operations carried out by legal entities and individuals of these countries on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic, to authorized bodies of these foreign states within the procedure and order, prescribed by the relevant executive authority.

76.3. Information on bank accounts or transactions, obtained in accordance with this Article, under the provisions of respective international treaty can be transferred to appropriate authorities of the other state. In other cases provision of the information about accounts or transactions to other authorities or citizens is not allowed.

Article 77. Tax obligation

77.1. A taxpayer’s obligation to pay tax when circumstances stipulated in this Code (including current tax payments) arise shall be deemed its tax obligation.

77.2. Bases for the emergence, alteration and annulment of a tax obligation, as well as rules and conditions for the fulfillment of a tax obligation shall be determined exclusively under this Code.

77.3. Taxpayers shall be responsible for relevant tax obligations from the moment that obligations to pay tax arise in accordance with the provisions of tax legislation.

77.4. The tax obligation shall be completed in following cases:

77.4.1. with payment of taxes;

77.4.2. with appearance of circumstance connected completion of tax obligation pursuant to tax legislation;

77.4.3. with death of the taxpayer or his recognition as dead in accordance with civil legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The property tax debts of the person who died or recognized as dead shall be compensated from and within the amount of his property.

77.4.4. with liquidation of legal person- upon the calculation of budget payments (payments to non-budgetary funds) by the liquidation commission in accordance with this Code.

77.4.5. if the requirements of the taxpayer-debtor, liquidated due to bankruptcy as established by the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the repayment of which is refused according to court judgment, are considered annulled.

Article 78. Fulfillment of tax obligations

78.1. Fulfillment of tax obligations shall be the payment of payable tax amounts within the established term. The fulfillment of tax liabilities is obligatory regardless of the existence of funds on taxpayer’s accounts or any property.

78.2. Fulfillment of tax obligations shall be implemented in the order established by this Code.

78.3. Fulfillment of tax obligations shall be effected directly by the taxpayer, unless otherwise provided for in this Code

78.4. Fulfillment of tax obligations shall not be assigned to other persons.

Article 79. Fulfillment of tax obligations upon the liquidation of an enterprise (organization)

79.1. The tax obligations of a liquidated enterprise (organization) shall be fulfilled by the liquidation commission at the expense of the enterprise’s (organization’s) monetary resources, including income received from the sale of its property. Unless otherwise provided for in this Article, the liquidation commission shall also fulfill the tax obligations of the enterprise’s (organization’s) branches, and separate divisions. The obligations of a branch or separate division of the liquidated enterprise (organization) shall be fulfilled directly by that enterprise, or, upon the liquidation of that enterprise, by the liquidation commission of that enterprise.

79.2. If the liquidated enterprise’s (organization’s) monetary resources, including resources received from the sale (for the purpose of the fulfillment of tax obligations) of its property, are not sufficient for the complete fulfillment of such enterprise’s (organization’s) tax obligations, the remaining debt on the tax obligations shall be paid by the founders of the enterprise, if, pursuant to the law, regulations or other foundation documents, the enterprise’s founders are jointly responsible for its obligations. The payment of debt obligations upon the liquidation of a personal enterprise shall be the responsibility of the owner of its property.

79.3. In the case of enterprise bankruptcy his obligations shall be fulfilled in order established by the legislation.

Article 80. Fulfillment of tax obligations upon the reorganization of an enterprise (organization)

80.1. The tax obligations of a reorganized enterprise (organization) shall be fulfilled by its newly appointed successor (successors) in accordance with this article.

80.2. The fulfillment of a reorganized enterprise’s tax obligations (liabilities) shall be vested in its successor (successors), whether or not such successor (successors) is (are) aware of the factors or circumstances in the reorganized enterprise’s non-fulfillment or improper fulfillment of its obligations before the reorganization has been completed.

80.3. Reorganization of an enterprise shall not alter the term for payment of such enterprise’s (organization’s) tax obligations by its successor (successors).

80.4. An enterprise established as a result of a merger of several enterprises (organizations) shall be considered the successor with respect to the tax obligations of each of those enterprises (organizations).

80.5. If an enterprise (organization) is split up into several enterprises (organizations), the organizations (enterprises) established as a result of such split-up shall be considered the successors with respect to the tax obligations of the divided enterprise (organization).

80.6. When there are several enterprises, the share of each successor in the fulfillment of a reorganized enterprise’s tax obligations shall be determined according to the procedure established by the relevant central executive authorities.

80.7. An enterprise established as a result of altering an enterprise’s organizational-legal status shall be considered the successor with respect to the tax obligations of such reorganized enterprise.

If reorganization, when one or more enterprises (organizations) are split off from an enterprise (organization) is not directed in the non-fulfillment of the reorganized enterprise’s tax obligations, the enterprises (organizations) so split off shall not be successors with respect fulfilling the reorganized enterprise’s (organization’s) tax obligations.

80.8. If one legal person is transformed into another the successor of the reorganized legal person shall be a new legal person.

80.9. If one of number of legal persons are excluded from a legal entity the reorganized legal entity shall not be considered a successor for the purposes of taxation, provided however that this is not directed to non compliance of tax obligations of this reorganized legal person.

Article 81. Fulfillment of the tax obligations of deceased, incompetent or missing physical persons

80.1. The tax obligations of a deceased, incompetent or missing physical person, as well as related interests and sanctions, shall be fulfilled by his heir (heirs) or successor (successors) within the limits of the value of the property and in accordance with such heir’s (heirs’) or successor’s (successors’) share in that property as of the day that the inheritance was received.

80.2. Where there is no heir (heirs) or successor (successors), the deceased person’s tax liabilities and related interests and sanctions shall be written off (annulled).

80.3. The tax liabilities of a physical person who is deemed, by a court decision, incompetent or missing shall be paid for by the guardian of that person at the expense of the relevant property.

80.4. If the property of a physical person who is duly considered incompetent or missing is not sufficient to pay for all his tax liabilities, as well as interest and fines, such interest and fines shall be debited by the relevant central executive authorities in the manner stipulated in Article 190 of this Code.

81.5. If the status of being incompetent or missing is terminated, by a decision, with respect to a physical person, such person’s tax liabilities that were written off before shall be re-established; no interest or fine shall, however, be assessed for the period starting from the date that the person began to be considered incompetent or missing up to the date that the status of being incompetent or missing was terminated.

Article 82. Procedure for calculation and payment of tax by the taxpayer

82.1. Unless otherwise provided for in tax legislation, a taxpayer shall independently calculate the tax amount payable during a tax accounting period on the basis of the taxable base, the tax rate and tax exemptions.

82.2. The calculation of taxes payable in certain cases stipulated in this Code or other normative acts of tax legislation may be vested in a State tax agency or tax agent.

82.3. Taxes shall be calculated in the manner established in this Code or other normative acts of tax legislation with respect to the relevant tax.

82.4. A tax amount which is payable within an established term shall be paid (transferred) by the taxpayer or person who is legally liable in cases established by legislation.

Article 83. Calculation of taxes by tax authorities

83.1. Pursuant to this Code, assessment of a tax shall mean the entry of a tax amount payable by a taxpayer for a specific tax period into the accounting records of the State tax service authorities. Re-assessment of already assessed tax amounts by State tax authorities shall also be deemed the assessment of taxes.

83.2. State tax service authorities shall, pursuant to this Code, have the right to assess the tax liability of each taxpayer according to one or more of the following sources:

83.2.1. data contained in taxpayers’ tax declarations or returns;

83.2.2. information on payments pursuant to Article 73 of this Code;

83.2.3. audit materials

83.2.4. any other information known to tax authorities from known source, including the similar data, stipulated under Article 67 of this Code.

83.3. The tax authority shall be entitled to re-calculate taxes, interests and financial sanctions, calculated by results of on-site and desktop inspection, within 3 years upon the end of the reporting period in accordance with Article 85.4 of this Code.

83.4. In the event that tax legislation does not require tax payment with the submission of a declaration, as well as in cases when the State tax authorities consider a previous tax assessment to be erroneous, the tax authorities shall assess tax and send, within 5 days a tax assessment notification to the taxpayer in accordance with Article 84 of this Code. Tax authorities may, before the end of the claim period stipulated in Article 85 of this Code, assess a tax amount or make adjustments to a previously calculated tax amount.

83.5. In cases when this Code had established the payment of tax with submission of tax return, the development of the return reflecting tax payment application shall be the notification on calculation and payment of such tax.

83.6. When during taxation in accordance with Articles 5.0.1, 212.4 or 221.4.1. of this Code the taxpayer did not submit the tax return and the tax authority did not calculate the payable tax amounts on the basis of other data pursuant to procedures of this Code it is considered that the tax authority had calculated the annual tax obligations of the taxpayer at the volume of tax withheld or paid from taxable base received by the taxpayer within a year, and provided the notification on tax calculation to the taxpayer.

83.7. If there is concrete information about a taxpayer’s intention to evade taxes by violating jurisdiction, transferring fixed assets to another person or taking other steps to prevent the withholding of a tax where taxes are not immediately paid, the State authorities shall be entitled to assess tax before the date that it is usually paid, provided that such action is necessary to ensure withholding of the tax.

83.8. The taxpayer may, on the basis of the following arguments, appeal to a court against the assessment of a tax under the Article 83.7. for following reasons:

83.8.1. that the tax amount exceeds the amount that shall be paid ; or

83.8.2. that there is no reason for an early tax assessment.

83.9. When it is not possible to determine the profit (income) of taxpayer such profit (income) shall be calculated in accordance with rules established by relevant authority.

Article 84. Notification of the assessment of a tax

84.0. A taxpayer shall be served a notice about the assessment of a tax. Such a notice shall indicate the following:

84.0.1. the taxpayer’s name or the name of the entity;

84.0.2. the Taxpayer’s ID;

84.0.3. the date of notification;

84.0.4. the object that the notification relates to and the tax year, or tax years, covered by the notification;

84.0.5. the amount of the estimated tax and interest;

84.0.6. a request for payment of the tax and the payment term;

84.0.7. the place and procedure for payment of the tax;

84.0.8. the factor (factors) on which the tax assessment was based;

84.0.9. the procedure for lodging a complaint.

Article 85. Terms of tax obligations fulfillment and alteration of such terms

85.1. Terms of tax payments shall be established with reference to each tax. Alteration of specified terms of tax payment maybe admitted only in an order stipulated by this Code.

85.2. Payment of taxes in violation of payment terms will be resulted in payment of penalties (percents) by the taxpayer in an order and subject to provisions stipulated by this Code.

85.3. Terms of tax payments shall be defined by the calendar date or expiration of terms, calculated by years, quarters, months, decades, weeks and days and also by the event which should arise or occur, or actions to be performed.

85.4. Tax authorities are entitled to calculate, recalculate taxes, penalties and financial sanctions of the taxpayer within 3years after termination of taxable reporting period, to impose calculated (recalculated)sums of taxes, penalties and financial sanctions within 5 years after termination of taxable reporting period.

85.5. A taxpayer has the right, within 3 years after the expiration of the tax report period, to demand calculation of taxes, interests and financial sanctions incorrectly deducted, and, within 5 years, demand re-calculation of the calculated amount and return or replacement of the overpaid taxes, interests and financial sanctions.

85.6. Terms of fulfillment of tax obligations may be extended for later periods, than specified by this Code, in the following cases:

85.6.1. cause of damage to the taxpayer as a result of natural disaster or any other force-majeure circumstances. In this event the taxpayer shall submit to the relevant tax authority the notes of the event occurred and the amount of damage incurred;

85.6.2. threat of bankruptcy as a result of tax lump-sum payment by him. In this case the taxpayer shall submit the notes on debts and credits on the date of application with indication of the cash money, funds on current or other accounts in national or foreign currency, surnames of debtors and creditors, TIN.

85.7. Alteration of terms of tax payments shall not be resulted in annulment of current obligation and establishment of new tax obligation.

85.8. Terms of fulfillment of tax obligations cannot be extended if criminal proceedings regarding violation of tax legislation is instituted against the taxpayer.

85.9. Extension of the terms of tax obligation fulfillment shall be granted on the basis of justified written application of the taxpayer submitted to tax authority, specifying that such extension will be ensured by the taxpayer by respective guarantee or surety. Application shall be submitted before the payment period, established by the type (types) of tax for the relevant reporting period. Relevant tax authority shall review the application within 30 days and if required, decision is taken for extension period.

85.10. In the presence of grounds, stipulated by the article 85.6 of this Code, the terms of fulfillment of tax obligations may be extended for the period 1-9 months within tax year. A taxpayer shall not be calculated interests for that period.

85.11. The decision of respective executive power body on extension of fulfillment of tax obligation shall specify the reference to the amount of tax debt, type (type) of taxes, terms of payment to be extended, terms and procedure of payment, imposed penalties and also notes about guarantee or surety.

In the event of staged implementation of tax liability within periods stipulated under Article 85.10 of this Code, the decision of tax authorities on extension of the period for implementation of tax liability shall include the procedure on staged implementation of tax liability

85.12. The decision about extension of terms of tax obligation fulfillment will be effective from the day specified in this decision.

85.13. Consideration of the invalidity of contract in accordance with procedures stipulated under legislation does not mean the cancellation of the tax obligations of the taxpayer».

85.14. The extended period for execution of the tax obligation is cancelled before the expiry in following events:

85.14.1. in advance execution tax obligations by the taxpayer;

85.14.2. in cases stipulated in Article 85.8 of this Code;

85.14.3. non-compliance with provisions of the decision of tax authority on extension of the tax obligation execution period.

85.15. In cases stipulated under Article 85.14 of this Code, the tax authority, which has taken the decision on termination of the extended period for tax obligation execution, shall inform the taxpayer about it within 5 days. The taxpayer within 30 days from the date of receiving of information shall make the payment of debts and interest accrued to the amount until the date of payment within 30 days.

85.16. The relevant tax authority shall each quarter (periodically) inform the relevant executive authority on the amount of tax obligations, the period of which is extended.

Article 86. Places where taxes are paid

86.0. Taxes shall be paid at the following places:

86.0.1. the place indicated in the notice; or

86.0.2. at place of registration of the taxpayer- unless otherwise stipulated by this Code;

86.0.3. withholding taxes,- by tax agencies at the location of registration;

86.0.4. when no place is indicated in the relevant tax legislation, the place of residence of the physical taxpayer, or the place of activity of a legal taxpayer.

Article 87. Refund of overpaid taxes, interests and financial sanctions

87.1. Where tax, interest or financial sanction is paid in excess of the assessed tax amount, with exception of administrative penalties such overpayments shall be:

87.1.1. shall be accounted at the balance of other taxes, interests, financial sanctions and administrative penalties;

87.1.2. credited, with the taxpayer’s agreement, such excess amount against the taxpayer’s future tax liabilities;

87.2. If an excess tax amount, interest or financial sanctions paid by a taxpayer is credited against his/its other tax liabilities, on their request a taxpayer is issued the extract from the file and revision protocol, as well as once in a quarter within 20 days until the quarter end he is sent the notification. Extract from the personal sheet or verification act shall not be given for the period not covered by tax inspection during preliminary investigation carried out by the respective executive authority on cases related to offences provided by Article 213 and 213-1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

87.3. Unless otherwise provided for in this Code, refund such excess amount to the taxpayer, upon the taxpayer submitting a written application, within 45 days.

87.4. Rules for the refund of overpaid taxes, interests and financial sanctions shall be established by relevant executive authority.

Article 88. Rules for the payment of tax arrears

88.0. Tax arrears payable to the Budget shall be paid in the following order:

88.0.1. the amount of taxes assessed, subsequently from the date of formation;

88.0.2. the amount of interest assessed;

88.0.3. the amount of financial sanctions assessed.

Article 89. Seizure of property

89.1. In the event that a tax- payer did not fulfil his/her tax obligation within the term provided by this Code, his/ her property may be recorded as a method to ensure the payment of his/her tax burden, interests calculated on the tax burden in connection with the non-fulfilment of the same obligation, and of applicable financial sanctions.

Listing of state property, privatization of which is not allowed under the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as property of enterprises and facilities, privatization of which is conducted under the decision of the relevant state executive authority shall be implemented in order established by the relevant state executive authority.

89.2. The seizure of property is the limitation of taxpayer’s rights to his property within which he can not mange the property and any use and ownership over this property is performed under the control of the tax authority.

89.3. In the event of non-payment by the taxpayer of its debts on taxes, interests and financial sanctions within terms specified in the notifications, as per Article 65.1 of this Code, the tax authority is entitled to demand from the taxpayer the submission to the tax authority of information on assets in the form set by the relevant executive authority. For delayed submission of information the taxpayer shall be liable in accordance with provisions of this Code.

When the tax authority had enough reasons to think that the taxpayer evades from execution of obligations on taxes, the tax authority sends the notification to the taxpayer requesting the immediate payment of tax obligation.

When the taxpayer does not execute tax obligations as stipulated in paragraph 2 of this article the tax authority on the basis of motivated decision can implement the seizure of taxpayer’s property.

The implementation of property seizure at night time (from 20:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M.) shall not be allowed with exception of certain cases.

89.4. The seizure is implemented on the entire property of a legal person and for natural person it shall exclude the property, which can not be seized in accordance with legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

89.5. Only property shall be confiscated that is required and sufficient for execution of tax obligation, calculated interests and applied financial sanctions on tax debts due to non-fulfillment of this obligation. The property shall be suitable for sell/marketable and retaining its commodity properties.

89.6. The seizure of property with consideration of article 89.5. of this Code shall be implemented in following order:

monetary means in cash;

the property that does not participate directly in production of goods, for example, securities, foreign currency, non-production premises, light transport, design goods for office premises.

manufactured goods, as well as other material valuables not involved and/or not intended for direct production purposes;

raw materials intended for production purposes as well as machinery, equipment, buildings, facilities and other fixed assets;

other property with making an inventory.

89.7. The seizure of property shall be implemented based on the resolution of the chief of tax authority. The resolution shall indicate the name of the taxpayer and address where the property is located.

89.8. The seizure of property shall be implemented by the tax authority in the presence of taxpayer, witnesses and experts, if necessary.

The tax authority implementing the seizure of property does not hold the right to refuse to the taxpayer (his authorized representative) to participate in property seizure.

Persons who participate in seizure as witnesses, experts as well as the taxpayer shall be made aware of their rights and responsibilities.

89.9. Tax authority officials who perform the seizure of property shall submit to the taxpayer (his representative) the decision on seizure of property by the chief of tax authority and documents confirming their authority.

89.10. During the seizure tax authority officials shall develop a protocol on seizure of property, list of the property seized shall be attached to this protocol.

The seizure shall indicate the names, quantity, individual characteristics and if possible the price of property. All goods to be seized shall be demonstrated to the witnesses and the taxpayer (his representatives).

A taxpayer shall be warned by a tax authority about his responsibility under the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan for the violation of limitations established in Article 89.2 and 89.11 hereof with respect to his registered property.

89.11. Deals on seized property made by the taxpayer through violation of procedures established by this article shall be deemed as invalid.

89.12. The decision on seizure of property shall lose its force from the moment of its cancellation in established order or execution of tax liability.

89.13. Inventory of excise goods, not marked by excise labels or marked with forged excise labels, shall be implemented as follows:

89.13.1. Inventory of excise goods not marked with excise labels, or marked with forged excise labels, is a limitation of the rights of the taxpayer on these goods, under which the taxpayer does not hold the rights on ownership, use, disposition of said products.

89.13.2. In the event of reveal of storage or sale of excise products not marked with excise labels or marked with forged excise labels (food alcohol, beer, all types of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products), the total quantity, quantity of excide goods, not marked with excise marks or marked with forged excise marks (food alcohol, beer, all types of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products), shall be documented with act of relevant form, approved by the relevant executive authority, indicating the requisites of legal entities and natural person, engaged in entrepreneur activities, as well as their authorized representatives, act is verified by signatures of representatives of tax authority, as well as responsible authority of the facility and witnesses. The taxpayer or his authorized representative may write their comments on the act, refuse to sign the act with relevant notes made on this act.

89.13.3. The list of excise goods, not marked with excise labels or marked with forged excise labels (food alcohol, beer, all types of alcohol beverages and tobacco products), in accordance with relevant form approved by the relevant executive authority. The list contains the information on name, distinguishing properties, origin, purchasing and sell prices of these goods, name of the tax authority, first, middle and last names of authorized officers, performing the listing, data and location of listing, data on the taxpayer or his representative, information on observers and invited experts.

89.13.4. Origin, purchasing and sell prices of excise goods, not marked by excise labels or marked by forged excise labels (food alcohol, beer, all types of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products) are determined by the primary documents or explanatory note received from the management (or in his absence-from seller).

89.13.5. On state official, involved in administrative violations, stipulated by the Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Administrative Violations, protocol shall be made in accordance with specified Code.

89.13.6. Copies of made act, listings and protocols shall be passed to official.

89.13.7. Representative of tax authority, implementing the listing of excise goods, not marked with excise labels or marked with forged excise labels, is not authorized to prohibit the taxpayer or his representative to participate in listing the products.

89.13.8. Representative of tax authority, implementing the listing of excise goods, not marked with excise labels or marked with forged excise labels, within the listing process of these goods shall explain to the taxpayer or his representative their rights and responsibilities.

89.14. The leaving of listed products at taxpayer’s responsible storage shall be implemented as follows:

89.14.1. Listed products are left for responsible storage of the taxpayer or in the event of his consent at locations, determined by authorized officials of the tax authority.

89.14.2. Deals made by the taxpayer with violation of these rules shall not be deemed valid in accordance with procedures, stipulated under legislation.

89.14.3. In the event of refusal of the taxpayer to accept the products for responsible storage or in the event of absence of appropriate conditions for the taxpayer for storage of products, actions performed with participation of authorized representative (representatives) of the tax authority, taxpayer (or his representative), two observers and authorized representative of the facility, shall be made by protocol, goods are packaged at the same location, locked and withdrawn from the facility for responsible storage by other taxpayer or authorized offices, designated by the tax authority.

89.14.4. The protocol on withdraw of goods from the facility shall include the following:

89.14.4.1. position, first, middle and last named of the person, who made the protocol;

89.14.4.2. date and place of protocol;

89.14.4.3. information on person from whom products are withdrawn;

89.14.4.4. information on observers participating during the development of protocol;

89.14.4.5. information on listing and quality of withdrawn products.

89.14.5. Protocol on withdrawal of products is signed by tax authority officers, as well as the taxpayer (or his representative), responsible person of the facility and observers. In the event if the taxpayer or his representative refuse to sign the protocol, relevant notes shall be made in this protocol.

89.14.6. Before the review of the case on administrative violation confiscated products are handed for responsible storage by the other taxpayer or authorized representative designated by the tax authority.

89.14.7. During handover of confiscated products for responsible storage and by the taxpayer, he shall be warned on liability in accordance with procedures stipulated under the legislation for allowance of their loss, use, replacement or hiding.

89.14.8. The made acts and protocols shall be considered in accordance with this Code and Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Administrative Violations.

89.15. Inventory of state property, privatization of which is prohibited by the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as the property of the taxpayers, privatization of which is conducted with resolution of the executive authority, but the decision on privatization of which is not taken or privatization is not completed, shall be conducted based on the permit of the relevant executive authority.

The tax authority, within 15 days from the date of issuance of the resolution on collection by banks and other credit organization to the state budget of debts, interests an applied financial sanctions on taxes, shall officially apply to the relevant executive authority with the purpose of notification of consent for inventory of property specified in this Article. In the event of issuance of permit for inventory of property within one month, the inventory is performed by the tax authority in accordance with procedures stipulated under this Code.

89.16. During the listing the taxpayer funds shall be paid to relevant state deposit account no later than within one business day from the date of listing. Tax authority submits to taxpayer the copy of the document verifying the payment of funds to deposit. In listing of jewels, made of gold, silver and pearl, those shall be packaged, sealed and submitted for responsible storage of the taxpayer (or legal and/or authorized representative) or other party defined by the tax authority.

Article 90. Procedure on tax exemption by taxpayer’s property

90.1. If the taxpayer fails to fulfill his tax obligations within 30 days upon the seizure of property, the tax authority in order to provide the execution of tax obligation may appeal to the court for approval on selling the seized property in necessary quantities on the special auction.

If working life of the seized property expires before the expiration of the period, specified in the present article, the tax authority will be entitled to apply to court.

90.2. The court shall review the application of the tax authority, indicated in article 90.1 of this Code in accordance with procedure of the Civil Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

90.3. Calculation of interest on the debt satisfied by a court judgment after the entering into effect the court judgment on the sale of the registered property of a taxpayer in a specialized open auction (hereinafter «the Auction») by a specialized organization (hereinafter «the Auction organizer») established at the commodity exchange shall be stopped and executive officer ensures the payment of tax arrears to the state budget subject to the provisions of Article 90.4 of this Code.

The relevant executive authority provides quarterly data on revenue received from the sale of distrained taxpayer’s property at the auction to the relevant body of executive power.

Registered property of a taxpayer with the purpose of selling at an auction shall be evaluated by an appraiser in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan «On Valuation activity», with the exception of cases when controlled prices according to the legislation are applied

An appraiser shall be invited by executive officer in an order established by the legislation within 10 (ten) days from the date of receipt of the writ of execution issued under the court judgments. Services of the appraiser shall be paid by the taxpayer pursuant to the decision of court.

Such property shall be sold in the following order:

90.3.1. Property sale at auction - the unconditional sale of the inventoried property of the taxpayer on the basis of effective court decision. In this the buyer, proposing the highest price shall receiver the right of ownership on property.

90.3.2. Specialized entity performs as organizer of auction. Specialized entity performs the auction on the basis of application of executive officer.

90.3.3. Following documents should be attached to the application of executive officer:

90.3.3.1. the effective court decision on sale of taxpayer’s property at auction;

90.3.3.2. execution documents on start of execution, issued in accordance with court’s decision;

90.3.3.3. information on starting sale price of the property;

90.3.3.4. number of bank account, to which funds from sales of property shall be transferred;

90.3.3.5. copy of the Act made by the executive officer on arrest of property;

90.3.3.6. during sells of real estate, documents on this property required in accordance with legislation;

90.3.3.7. in the event of sells of separate structure ?” copies of documents, verifying the right to use the land site or right of ownership of this land site, at which the structure is located;

90.3.3.8. in the event of sell of long term lease- copy of the agreement and copy of the document verifying the state registration of this agreement in cases, stipulated under the legislation;

90.3.3.9. in the event of sell of rights on facility with incomplete construction - copy of the decision on allotment of additional land site and construction permit document.

If the expiry period of the inventoried property is less than 60 days upon the effective date of the court decision or if it is a food product, the executive officer shall submit the document to the auction organizer within 3 days.

90.3.4. Upon receiving of documents stipulated in Article 90.3.3 of this Code, the auction organizer no later than within 30 days, and for the fast expiry date and sell of foodstuff property, as well as food and non-food products being under risk of spoilage no later than 7 days before the auction date shall publish announcement in mass media on auctioned property.

90.3.5. The announcement shall contain the following information:

90.3.5.1. the list of property being sold by each lot, location;

90.3.5.2. the start sell price of each property in accordance with the list;

90.3.5.3. day, deadline and place of acceptance of applications and other documents for participation in the auction;

90.3.5.4. information on property owner;

90.3.5.5. amount of down payment, calculated at 5 percent of starting sale price of real estate, at the volume of 10 percent of the starting sell price of movable property,and bank account to which the payment shall be made;

90.3.5.6. bank accounts to which payments for property sales shall be transferred, and amount of funds which will be transferred to these accounts;

90.3.5.7. date, time and place of auction, contact telephone number;

90.3.5.8. name of the auction organizer, address, contact telephone and other requisites.

90.3.6. From the moment of publication of information, persons, who obtained the right to participate in auction in accordance with legislation, shall be allowed to check the property taken on auction. Upon the check of the property, persons allowed to the auction within 5 days before the auction shall submit to the auction organizer in writing their final decision on whether to participate in the auction.

90.3.7. In the auction can participate the persons, who applied to participate, who prepared the documents required within the required timeframe indicated in the announcement, as well as persons who provided the prove of down payment transfer to the bank account shown in the announcement.

90.3.8. Application for participation in the auction, signed by person or his authorized representative (additionally verified by the seal of legal entity), in accordance with sample established by the customer shall be submitted to the auction organizer with following documents attached to the application:

90.3.8.1. document verifying the transfer of down payment to the bank account indicated in the announcement;

90.3.8.2. for natural persons - notary approved copy of the identification document;

90.3.8.3. for legal entities and (or) individual entrepreneurs- notary approved copy of certificate of taxpayer registration.

90.3.9. Persons are not allowed to the auction if following circumstances are established by the auction organizer:

90.3.9.1. re-organization, liquidation or bankruptcy of legal entities;

90.3.9.2. inaccuracy of information submitted by the person;

90.3.9.3. documents are submitted upon the expiry of the application period;

90.3.9.4. the application is submitted by the person without relevant authority;

90.3.9.5. not all documents indicated in the list are submitted, or submitted documents have not been prepared in complying order.

90.3.10. Auction organizer refuses to accept the documents with indication of causes. Documents of persons, application and documents of which have not been accepted, with written indication of causes of refusal shall be returned within the following business day.

90.3.11. Persons submit to the auction organizer the application to participate in auction and attached documents, as well as 2 copies of the list of submitted documentation.

Each application and attached documents shall be registered by the auction organizer in dedicated log maintained in sequential manner with indicated date and time of application.

Auction organizer returns to the applicant one copy of the list of submitted documents with indication of the date and time of application submission, as well as number in registration log.

90.3.12. Auction participants are provided with the ticket indicating their number in the auction.

90.3.13. The person shall be entitled to re-call its application before the end of application acceptance period. For this he shall apply to the auction organizer in writing.

In the application acceptant log relevant notes are made to indicate the re-call of the application for participation in the auction.

In accordance with provisions of auction, persons, who re-called their applications at auction, shall be reimbursed for the down payment.

90.3.14. The decision of the auction organizer to allow in auction the persons, applied to participate in the auction, shall be documented by the protocol. In this protocol shall be indicated the surnames of persons, application of which have been accepted or rejected. Motivations of rejections of applications shall be communicated to persons in writing.

Relevant persons gain the status of auction participant upon the signing of protocol on acceptance of applications.

90.3.15. Auction organizer shall take all necessary measures for appropriate filing of all submitted applications and attached documents.

90.3.16. The Customer within 10 days of the date of submission of executive document for implementation shall form the auction commission (hereinafter referred to as commission) with 5 members and approves its work procedures.

90.3.17. The commission membership shall include the auction customer, auction organizer, one of each representative of relevant executive authorities. The Chairman of the commission shall be the Customer.

90.3.18. The Commission shall have the quorum if two-thirds of its membership is present during the meetings. The decisions of the commission are made on the basis of majority votes. Each member of the Commission shall have one vote. In equal distribution of votes the vote of the chairman shall be decisive.

90.3.19. Auction organizer:

90.3.19.1. provide the organization and conduct of auction;

90.3.19.2. verified the fact of implemented or not implemented sale;

90.3.19.3. Suspends the auction, in the event of arising of disputes during the auction, until the dispute resolution. If dispute can not be resolved, declares the auction abortive;

90.3.19.4. make the protocol on results of auction and submits to the customer for approval;

90.3.20. Auction is held in following order:

90.3.20.1. Starting price is announced for the property being sold. During the announcement of starting price or sale price increased upon raise, persons, participating in the auction raise their tickets expressing the agreement to purchase the property at the announced price;

90.3.20.2. The auction principal announces every new price three times. If the number of auction participants, who agree to purchase the property at announced sale price is two or more, these price is escalated by customers by raise. If only one customer agrees to purchase the property at the announced sale prices, such customer is considered the winner of auction. In this the auction principal informs on sell of property, its sell prices and winner’s ticket number.

90.3.20.3. If after 3 time announcement of starting sale price or reduced price on following auction on property non of the participants does not raise the ticket, auction is considered abortive

90.3.20.4. If first auction was abortive or the sale of listed property was not conducted separately, 10 days before each auction the announcement shall be made in the mass media, as per article 90.3.5. On second auction the price can be reduced by 10 percent, with reduction by 20 and 40 percent at third and fourth auction relatively, below the starting price of the unsold property or unsold separate part along the list.

90.3.20.5.in this the period between the second and next auction shall not exceed 10 days, and in the event of expiry (or expiry within this period) the timeframe between the auctions shall not exceed 3 days;

90.3.20.6. it is prohibited to submit to the auction the foodstuffs with expired period. If such property in accordance with legislation is suitable for animal forage, it shall be re-evaluated within 5 days and sold in accordance with procedures stipulated under legislation;

90.3.20.7. Upon the end of auction the auction organizer shall made the protocol on results of auction in two original copies and in accordance with legislation the sale and purchasing agreement is signed between the commission chairman, customer and buyer;

90.3.20.8. protocol is signed by the winner or his representative, chairman and members of the commission in two copies. The protocol contains brief information on customer and winner, list of sold property and sale price, bank account to which the sale price will be paid, receiving of down payment made by the winner of auction within its obligations under the signed protocol, as well as other rights and responsibilities of parties. Auction winner and auction organizer shall sign the protocol at the completion day of auction. Signed protocol shall be submitted to the seller no later than within 3 days. The sale and purchasing contract indicated the name of facility (listing), price of its purchasing, customer and winner information as well as other data in accordance with legislation. The Contract shall be signed within 5 days from the signing date of protocol.

90.3.20.9. if the winner denies to sign the protocol made in accordance with legislation, the down payment is not reimbursed. The Customer denying to sign the protocol, shall return to winner the two times value of down payment, as well as compensate the losses incurred as a result of participation in auction. The size of loss is determined by the agreement between the customer and winner. If parties could not reach the agreement, amount of loss in determined by the court on the basis of application by one of the parties;

90.3.20.10. If auction was abortive the down payment is not returned. The down payment of parties participating in the auction but not winning it shall be returned within 5 banking days;

90.3.20.11. if auction was abortive the auction organizer shall develop a protocol.

90.3.21. Information on results of auction within 15 calendar days from the date of auction shall be published in mass media, where the organizer has announced the holding of auction.

90.3.22. No later than within five banking days from the moment of agreement between the winner of auction and customer, funds to be paid by the auction winner shall be transferred to the bank account indicated by the seller. The auction organizer shall submit to the customer the documents that verify costs associated with implementation of auction.

90.3.23. Upon the submission of payment document (documents), verifying the complete payment of the value of property (or certain lot) the right of ownership on property (lot) is transferred to the winner of auction.

90.3.24. Officials of of justice authorities, including executive officers , tax authorities and auction organizer are not entitled to participate directly or indirectly in the role of buyers during sales of listed property at open auction.

90.3-1. In cases and in order stipulated by the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan «On execution», distrained property of the taxpayer may be sold in distribution networks, specified by the execution office.

90.4. Amounts received from selling of seized property shall be directed first to compensate the costs on application of measures for collection and sell of property and then for payment of tax, interest and financial sanction amounts. The remaining part of assets, if not any new taxpayer debts have been formed, shall be returned to the taxpayer within 3 banking days.

If funds obtained from sale of property are not sufficient for payment of debts to state budget on taxes, interest and financial sanctions or property was not sold in auction in accordance with procedures of legislation, the executive officer may confiscate the other property of the taxpayer at the volume of balance of these debts in accordance with provisions of the legislation to ensure the payment of arrears to the state budget.

90.5. Provisions of this article shall be also applied for tax agents.

90.6. The officials and other employees of tax authorities are not allowed to participate as buyers in auctions neither directly nor through their representatives.

On the basis of enquiry of tax authority the auction facilitator in the form, determined by the relevant executive authority, shall submit the information to the tax authority on presentation on auction and sale of the auctioned property of persons.

Article 91. Liabilities of the Purchaser of Assets with Respect to Unpaid Taxes

If a taxpayer’s tax liabilities remain unpaid after the seizure of property, a person that purchased a taxpayer’s assets in the course of an operation which is not deemed an operation between interrelated persons and was conducted during a three-year period preceding the date that the arrest was implemented, shall be jointly responsible for tax payment in the amount that remains after the deduction of any amounts paid by such person for the purchase of said assets.

Article 92. Responsibility for the withholding of tax at the source of payment

Physical and legal persons that pay income without withholding tax on income (profit) at the source of payment shall bear responsibility, in accordance with the provisions of this Code, for the taxes not withheld or paid to the budget.

Article 93. Writing off bad tax debts

93.1. Bad tax debts shall be written off by the tax authorities, upon a decision of relevant financial authorities, when:

93.1.1. the time to demand tax payment or the term for lodging a claim regarding tax violation has passed;

93.1.2. the tax liability has been annulled pursuant to this Code or other legislative acts;

93.2. In other cases amounts of debts on taxes, interests and financial sanctions recognised as bad debts by the court judgement shall be written off in accordance with existing legislation. (21)

Article 94. Responsibility to prove

94.0. The responsibility to prove the errors in calculation of taxes in cases stipulated by this Code shall be laid upon:

94.0.1. tax authorities- if error is made by the taxpayer,

94.0.2. taxpayer- if error is made by the tax authority.

Special Section

Chapter VIII. Income tax from natural persons

Article 95. Taxpayers

Payers of income tax shall be resident and non-resident natural persons.

Article 96. Taxable Base

96.1. The taxable base with respect to the personal income tax of residents shall be the taxable income determined as the difference between their gross income for tax year and expenses (or deductions) stipulated by this Code for this period.

The payment (excluding expenses) for notarial acts carried out by private notary within one month, as well as for services provided in connection with a notarial acts is subject to taxation.

If tax is withheld at payment source the taxable base shall be the taxable income.

96.2. A non-resident taxpayer engaged in activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan through a permanent establishment should be a payer of income tax with regard to taxable income connected with the permanent establishment.

Taxable income shall be a difference between gross income generated in a specific period from Azerbaijani sources with regard to the permanent establishment and the amount of expenses with respect to the generation of said income during that period.

96.3. Non-resident’s gross income not stipulated in Paragraph 96.2 of this Article, but stipulated in article 125 of this Code, shall be subject to taxation at the source of payment without consideration of amounts deducted from income.

96.4. A non-resident physical person receiving employment income or income from the transfer of property shall be a payer of income tax with regard to gross income for the calendar year from a source in the Republic of Azerbaijan, reduced by the amount that are attributable to the income for that period, stipulated by this Code.

Article 97. Income

97.1. Income of a resident shall consist of income generated in and outside the Republic of Azerbaijan.

97.2. Income of a non-resident shall consist of income generated from the sources in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

97.3. Income shall cover:

97.3.1. income received as the result of employment;

97.3.2. income from activity which is not (connected with) employment;

97.3.3. all other kinds of income except for tax-exempt income andacceleration arisingfrom the revaluation offixed assets (funds).

Article 98. Income received as the result of employment

98.1. Any payments or benefits received by a physical person from employment, including those received as pension, or otherwise, from the former work-place, or income received by such physical person from future employment shall be income received in the form of salaries and wages.

98.2. For the purposes of Article 98.1. of this Code, the amount of benefit shall be equal to the amount indicated below less any expenses of employee incurred with respect to such benefit:

98.2.1. in the event of loans granted to the natural person at the interest rate which is lower than the inter-bank credit market interest rate ?” the difference between the amount to be paid at the market rate of inter-bank credit trade for such loans, and amount to be paid in accordance with lower rates;

98.2.2. in the event of the sale of goods, works, services or gratuitous transfer thereof by an employer to his employee - the fair market value of these goods, works, services;

98.2.3. in the event of reimbursement of expenses to an employee - the amount of reimbursement;

98.2.4. in the event of writing off of the employee’s debt or obligation to his employer - the amount of such debt or obligation;

98.2.5. 98.2.5. Insurance premiums paid by Employer;

98.2.6. in any other case - unless otherwise stipulated in instructions, the market value of a benefit pursuant to Article 14 of this Code.

98.3. Reimbursement of actual travel allowances, and also daily allowances paid to the members of deck crew instead of travel allowances at sea transport, fixed by the respective executive power body or other expenses, shall not be included in income.

98.4. The amounts and costs stipulated in Article 98.2 of this Code shall include excise, value added tax and any other tax which is subject to payment by employer in relation to the Contract value.

98.5. The income received by employer as the result of costs stipulated in article 109.3 of this Code shall not be a taxable income.

Article 99. Income from activity that is not connected with employment

99.1. Income from activity that is not connected with employment shall consist of incomes from entrepreneurial and non-entrepreneurial activity:

99.2. Income from entrepreneurial activity, including:

99.2.1. income from the realization of assets used for the purposes of entrepreneurial activity;

99.2.2. income received due to the restriction of entrepreneurial activity or agreement to its closing;

99.2.3. amounts that are received from the realization of fixed assets and which are included in income pursuant to Article 114.7. of this Code;

99.2.4. expenses reimbursed, deducted from income according to Article 141 of this Code or from decrease of resources;

99.3. Income from non-entrepreneurial activity, including:

99.3.1. interest income;

99.3.2. dividends;

99.3.3. income from the lease of property;

99.3.4. royalty;

99.3.5. amount of taxpayer’s written-off debt, except those included in article 98.2.4. of this Code;

99.3.6. gains received from the sale of assets not used for entrepreneurial activity;

99.3.7. amount of presents and heritage received in calendar year, with exception of those specified in article 98.2.2. of this Code;

99.3.8. any other income that indicates the increase of the net price of taxpayer’s assets (in the event of submission or calculation of amortization for the taxation purposes) - other than salaries and wages;

99.3.9. difference between insurance premiums paid for life insurance and insurance payments;

99.3.10. payment for notarial acts carried out by private notary, as well as for services provided in connection with a notarial acts;

99.3.11. remuneration receivedby persons,engaged inadvocacy,for services renderedin connectionwith this activity;

99.3.12. sports gambling winnings.

Article 100. Adjustment of income

Dividends, interests, rents, royalties, revenues from provision of real estate and sports gambling winnings, received by an individual, taxed at the payment source in the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with Articles 122, 123, 124 , 150.1.9 and 150.1.10 of this Code shall be deducted from the total income.

Article 101. Income tax rates

101.1. The monthly income shall be taxed at following rates:

Table 1

Amount of monthly taxable income

Amount of tax

Up to 2500 manats

14 percent

Over 2500 manats

350 Manats + 25% of the amount exceeding 2500 manats

 

Income tax from the incomes of natural persons, working under contracts in two or more places, shall be calculated separately from the amount paid by each employer, and paid to the state budget.

Income tax of natural persons, subject to withholding tax in accordance with Articles 150.1.1, 150.1.2, 150.1.3 and 150.1.7of this Code shall be calculated in accordance with table 1, stipulated under this Article and paid to the state budget.

101.2. The annual income from non-business activity shall be taxed at following rates:

Table 2

Amount of taxable annual income

Tax amount

Up to 30000 manats

14 percent

Over 30000 Manats

4200 Manats + 25% of the amount exceeding 30000 manats

 

101.3. Taxable income of individuals engaged in business activities without establishing a legal entity is taxed at a rate of 20 percent.

101.4. From the subject of taxation established in respect of private notaries by the second paragraph of Article 96.1 of this Code, tax is withheld at a rate of 10 percent.

101.5. The tax at the rate of 10 percent shall be withheld from the sport gambling winnings.

Article 102. Exemptions and privileges on income tax

102.1. The following income of physical persons shall not be subject to income tax:

102.1.1. wages obtained abroad by employees of diplomatic services, assigned to work in foreign states within rotation program, persons exercising administrative and technical maintenance of the diplomatic service and military personnel, engaged in the protection of diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which operate in foreign countries and international organizations and need protection, income from official employment, received by employees of diplomatic and consular services, which are not the citizens of Azerbaijan;

102.1.2. income from the work-place of a person who is not a resident of the Republic of Azerbaijan - if this income is paid by an employer or in the name of an employer who is not a resident of the Republic of Azerbaijan and is not paid by a permanent establishment of a non-resident;

102.1.3. income received as gift, moneyed assistance, lump-sum grant and inheritance in calendar year:

102.1.3.1. Part of the value of gifts, moneyed assistance, lump-sum grant for the payment of education and medical treatment fees amounting to up to 1000 manats, part of the value of the moneyed assistance, lump-sum grant for the payment of medical treatment abroad amounting up to 2000 manats, part of the value of succession amounting up to 20000 manats.

Persons, who received payments for education or medical treatment services, such privilege is provided only in cases, when they submit relevant documents, verifying the payments of these amounts as appropriate;

102.1.3.2. in the event that a gift or inheritance is received from family members of the taxpayer- the entire value of such gift;

102.1.4. with the exception of allowances paid in connection with the temporary loss of ability to work (earning capacity), government allowances, irreplaceable government transfers, government pensions, government living allowances, in case of termination of labor contract due to reduction of the number of employees and staff, allowances paid to employees in accordance with Labor Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as one-time individual payments or moneyed assistances from the resources of the State Budget based on the Laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan and decisions of the appropriate government authorities.

102.1.5. alimony;

102.1.6. if monthly income, gained in connection with a paid job at the main workplace (where the labor record is maintained) of a physical person is up to 2500 manats, then the part in the amount of 1 livingwage in the country, if annual income is up to 30000 manats, then in the amount of 12 livingwages in the country.

102.1.7. income from the realization of movable tangible assets, except for precious stones and metals, precious stone and metal products, fine art works, antique items as well as property which is used in the entrepreneurial activity of a taxpayer.

102.1.8. funds paid by money or in kind in the event of insurance case for compensation of damage to the life of an insured and beneficiary, as well as damages to his property and property interests, and also all types of mandatory insurance and voluntary medical insurance premiums paid by employer, insurance premiums paid by employer to insurers of the Republic of Azerbaijan on accumulative life insurance and pension insurance under contract concluded for not less than 3 years, any amounts paid to the insured and beneficiary after 3 years term from the moment of entering the accumulative life insurance and pension insurance contract into effect.

102.1.9. income from the realization of immovable property which was the place of residence of a taxpayer for not less than 3 years;

102.1.10. compensation payments related to the compensation of losses caused;

102.1.11. income received directly from production of agricultural products;

102.1.12. income of physical persons from craft production of copper, tin and pottery products, house appliances, gardening instruments, national music instruments, toys, souvenirs, house appliances made of reeds and cane, involved in embroidery and production of house appliances from wood;

102.1.13. the amount of wins received from lotteries officially registered by respective executive power body, as well as obligations of the internal state winning bonds;

102.1.14. Compensation payment to natural persons:

102.1.14.1. the amount of additional payments stipulated under the legislation, as well as daily traveling expense payments to the crews of marine transport, established by the relevant executive authority instead of daily traveling expenses to the workers, which are always on road during business hours, or their work at field site and field organizations;

102.1.14.2.amountsof travelling expenses established by the decisionof the relevant executivepower;

102.1.14.3. lump sump amounts paid during the termination of the labor contract as a result of downsizing of staff, or death of employee;

102.1.14.4. amounts of expenditure, paid in accordance with procedures approved by the legislation at the expense of the employer for medical examination of employees involved in difficult, health deteriorating and hazardous areas;

102.1.14.5. the amount of free of charge treatment milk and other equivalent products provided to employees, engaged in areas with health deteriorating, heavy work conditions and underground work, as well as the value of special cloth, shoes and other personal protection equipment, issued to the employees within required time and required assortment;

102.1.14.6. amounts of allowances paid by the enterprises and organization to students, master of sciences, directed to receive the education out of work;

102.1.14.7. indexation sums of not received or deposited wages;

102.1.14.8. lump sump aid provided on the basis of decisions of relevant executive authorities, as well as foreign states and other organizations due to natural disasters and other emergency circumstances;

102.1.14.9. amounts of compensation paid to donors for the blood;

102.1.14.10. payment for the diving job;

102.1.14.11. allowance for burial;

102.1.14.12. amounts of lump sump financial aid, provided by relevant executive authorities;

102.1.14.13. financial aid, paid by public entities, charity societies and funds;

102.1.14.14. doles;

102.1.14.15. All types of payments to military servicemen, prosecutor office employees, associates of law-enforcement agencies and special telecommunications services, having special ranking (with exception of official payments and for military (special) rankings),as well as all types of wages and other financial payments to persons cooperating with investigation authorities, intelligence and counter-intelligence services;

102.1.14.16. additional amount paid to some category of military servants for their special service conditions;

102.1.14.16. Amount of allowance paid by the employer in accordance with legislation of due to call of the employee for military and alternative service;

102.1.14.18. additional amounts paid to cadets;

102.1.14.19. payment for parachute jump;

102.1.14.20. lump sump payment for continuous long-term service on navy ships and navy detachment agencies;

102.1.14.21. lump sump payment for continuous service in airborne troops;

102.1.14.22. lump sump payment to graduates of military facilities;

102.1.14.23. lump sump payment to navy servicemen;

102.1.14.24. payments to persons at military ship;

102.1.14.25. lump sump payment for provision of high military readiness and excellent discipline of troops;

102.1.14.26. payment allowance to military with service for fixed period instead of tobacco products;

102.1.14.27. lumps payment to ensigns, warrant officers and military officers serving above fixed period for establishment of initial conditions for the families;

102.1.14.28. transportation costs compensated to military for travels during the services;

102.1.14.29. funds for field (steppe) services;

102.1.14.30. compensation to military for leased accommodation;

102.1.14.31. monetary compensation issued to military instead of food;

102.1.14.32. monetary compensation issued to military for tailoring of uniform.

102.1.15. the complete value of prizes received as goods on competitions and tournaments. The value of monetary prizes received on international competitions and tournaments - up to 4000 manats, and for those received in in-country competitions and tournaments- up to200manats.

102.1.16. lump sum, paid as a result of voluntary retirement of the state employee reaching pensionable age;

 

102.1.17. monthly allowance to official salary of the deputies of Milli Mejlis and judges of the Republic of Azerbaijan for compensation of costs related with implementation of delegated authorities and monthly allowance to official salaries of the officials of executive power authorities,  financial market supervisory body and Central bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan appointed to positions by the decisions of relevant executive authority, as well as other state authorities (agencies) for compensation of representation costs, related with implementation of their duties;

102.1.18. compensation payableto individualsunder the Law ofAzerbaijan Republic "On land acquisitionfor state needs";

102.1.19. winnings,received from sportsbetting games conductedin the manner specifiedin Article53-1of the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On Physical Culture and Sport".

102.1.20. amount of pension,allowances and other paymentsto the formerPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan and themembers of hisfamily;

102.1.21. income (other than income tax withheld fromwages), obtained from the activityin the industrialor technological parksby individualsinvolved in entrepreneurialactivities withoutforming a legal entity, being a residentsestablished in accordance withthe decision ofthe relevant executive authority of industrial andtechnological parks- within7 years fromthe reporting yearof registration inthe industrial andtechnological park, in accordance with the law;

102.1.22. the part of the annual interest rate being paid by a local bank or the branch of a foreign bank in the Republic of Azerbaijan up to 500 manats.

102.1.22. the annual interest income paid on deposits of individuals by local banks and branches of foreign banks in Azerbaijan, as well as dividends on investment securities, discounting (difference caused by lower placement of bonds than its nominal value) and interest income paid by issuer - within 3 -year period beginning from 1 February 2016;

102.1.23 - 50 percent of income earned after receiving investment promotion certificate by individual entreprenur – within 7 years.

102.2. The monthly taxable income from any type of employment shall be reduced by the amount of 400 manats for following persons:

102.2.1. National Heroes of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

102.2.2. Heroes of the Soviet Union and Social Labor;

102.2.3. persons awarded with all three degrees of the Honorary Order;

102.2.4. disabled war veteran of disability groups I and II;

102.2.5. widowed wives (husbands) of war participants who were killed at war or died later;

102.2.6. income of persons who were awarded orders and medals for heroic labor in the home front during the years of 1941-1945.

102.2.7. persons who received the status of war veterans in accordance with legislation;

102.2.8. persons who acquired radiation and radiation sickness or had these diseases as a result of accidents at Chernobyl AES, radiation accidents in civil or military atomic facilities, as well as tests, training or other work related to any kind of nuclear facilities (installations) and nuclear weapons and space technology;

102.3. The monthly taxable income of disabled people of I and II groups (except for veterans of war), persons under age of 18 with limited levels of health from any type employment shall be reduced by the amount of 200 manats.

102.4. The taxable income of the following persons from employment shall be reduced by the amount equal to 100 manats:

102.4.1. parents of war participants who were killed at war or died later, including parents and wives (husbands) of people in state service who died during the performance of their duties. Such privilege shall be granted to the wives (husbands) of these persons, provided that they have not married again;

102.4.2. parents and wives (husbands), including children living together with them, of persons who were killed as a result of the intervention of Soviet troops on January 20, 1990 and during the protection of the integrity of the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Such privilege shall be given to the wives (husbands) of these persons, provided that they have not married again;

102.4.3. military officials involved in the training and test gatherings and military servicemen who were sent to Afghanistan and other countries where war operations were conducted;

102.4.4. any of the parents (according to their own decision), wife (husband), guardian or patron taking care of a child with limited level of health with whom they live together, who need a permanent care and who is an invalid from childhood or belongs to the 1st group of disability;

102.4.5. displaced people and persons of similar status. This privilege in accordance with housing legislation or civil legislation deals is not applicable to persons, residing permanently as a result of obtaining of personal dwelling space.

102.5. The taxable monthly income of a spouse caring for three persons, to include pupils and students under the age of 23, shall be reduced by an amount equivalent to 50 manats of such spouse.

This rule shall be valid for children until the end of the year they reach the age of 18, for students ?” age of 23, or in the event a of death of children or persons under patronage.

The taxable income of physical persons shall be reduced beginning from the year when children are born or when patronage starts.

When the number of persons under patronage lessens (except in the case of death) during a year the deduction of an amount for the support of persons under patronage shall be terminated starting from the month following the month in which the number of such persons lessened.

102.6. The following shall not be persons under patronage:

102.6.1. persons who receive a scholarship, pension, and unemployment grant (other than children);

102.6.2. persons who are on state maintenance (students of technical colleges, children maintained in nurseries and kindergartens);

102.6.3. students of special schools and children maintained at boarding schools for whose maintenance guardians are not charged, as well as children maintained at boarding schools attached to state maintained schools.

102.7. If a physical person has several grounds for the right to privilege in accordance with articles 102.2, 102.3 and 102.4 of this Code such person shall be entitled to one of these privileges which is greater in amount.

102.8. During calculation of tax levied from the salary, a physical person’s right to tax privileges stipulated in this Article shall arise upon the submission of documents determined by the relevant central executive authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan and shall be exercised at the main workplace (where such physical person’s labor record is maintained).

Chapter IX. Profit tax from legal persons

Article 103. Taxpayers

103.1. Resident and non-resident enterprises in the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be payers of profit tax.

103.2. Any foreign person who is not a physical person shall be treated as an enterprise for the purposes of this Article, unless it proves that it should be treated as a joint ownership pursuant to Article 137 of this Code.

103.3. Provisions of Articles 103.1 and 103.2 of this Code shall not be applied for the purposes of Article 13.2.39.3. of this Code.

Article 104. Taxable Base

104.1. The profit of a resident-enterprise shall be a taxable base. Profit shall be defined as difference between all incomes of a taxpayer (except for the income that is exempt from tax) and expenses (deductions) stipulated in Chapter X of this Code from the income.

104.2. A non-resident enterprise operating in the Republic of Azerbaijan through its permanent establishment shall pay tax on its profit, i.e. on gross income generated from Azeri sources in relationship with the permanent establishment less the amount of expenses incurred with respect to such income as outlined in this Code.

104.3. The gross income of a non-resident enterprise not connected with the permanent establishment shall, if so provided in Article 125 of this Code, be taxed at the source of payment without expenses being deducted.

104.4. A non-resident enterprise generating income through the transfer of property not connected with the permanent establishment shall pay tax on said gross income received during a calendar year from an Azerbaijani source. Said tax shall be paid after the deducting the expenses as outlined in this Code and which relate to such income.

104.5.Gainarisingfrom the revaluationof fixed assets(funds) (positive difference arisingfrom the revaluation) is not the object of taxationof income tax.

Article 105. Tax Rates

105.1. An enterprise’s profit shall be taxed at the rate of 20 percent.

105.2. The gross income (with deduction of VAT and excises) of non-resident, not connected with the activity of his permanent establishments but received from Azerbaijani source shall be taxed at the rates stipulated in Article 125 of this Code.

Article 106. Exemptions and privileges

106.1. The following shall be exempt from tax:

106.1.1. income of charitable organizations - except for the income from entrepreneurial activity

106.1.2. grants, membership fees and donations received by non-commercial organizations;

106.1.3. income of international, interstate and intergovernmental organizations - except for the income received from the entrepreneurial activity;

106.1.4. income of state power authorities, budget-funded organizations and local managing authorities (except for the income from entrepreneurial activity);

106.1.5. income of the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan, its structures, financial market supervisory body and State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (with exception of profits made from allocation of its funds), as well as the Fund of Deposit Insurance;

106.1.6. received insurance payments (with exception of amounts of losses connected with each insurance case);

106.1.7. income of special educational institutions, established for education of persons with poor health - except for income, gained as a result of business activity;

106.1.8. income from writing-off tax debts to the state budget in accordance with legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

106.1.9. value of assets donated free of charge by the decision of a legal entity from its own balance or one of a resident subsidiaries under its full ownership to the balance of another entity in cases stipulated by the relevant executive authority;

106.1.10. value of the fixed assets donated free of charge by the decision of the relevant executive authority from the balance of one legal entity to the balance of another entity;

106.1.11. operations on the provision in any form of fixed assets, movable property and other assets, in accordance with the agreements on exploration, development and production sharing of oil and gas resources, export pipelines and other similar agreements to the party representing the Republic of Azerbaijan in the production sharing agreements;

106.1.12. part of the income of management companiesor operators ofindustrial ortechnological parks,established in accordance withthe decision ofthe relevant body of executivepower, whichtheyaimto build and maintaininfrastructure ofindustrial andtechnology parks;

106.1.13. income derivedfrom activities in theindustrial ortechnological parksby legal entities, being the residents, establishedin accordance withthe decision ofthe relevant bodyof executive power of industrial andtechnological parks-within 7years fromthe reporting yearof registration inthe industrial ortechnological park in accordance with the law;

106.1.14. income of legalentities involved in the productionof agricultural products(includingby industrial method), obtained from this activity-5-yearperiod beginning fromJanuary 1, 2014;

106.1.15. incomeof nurseries,nursery-kindergartens, kindergartens, specialkindergartensand orphanagesreceived fromthis activity-10-yearperiod beginning fromJanuary 1, 2014;

106.1.16. compensation payableto legal entitiesunder the Law of AzerbaijanRepublic "Onland acquisitionfor state needs".

106.1.16. 50 percent of profit earned after receiving investment promotion certificate by individual entreprenur – within 7 years

106.2. Income tax rate for production enterprises owned by public organizations of disabled people, or children with limited levels of health shall be reduced by 50 percent if not less than 50 percent of employees at such enterprises are disabled people, or persons under age of 18 with limited levels of health.

When establishing the right for the privilege the average number in the list of employees shall not include disable people or persons under age of 18 with limited levels of health who work on contract terms at two jobs, as contractors and other agreements civil legislation.

106.3. Enterprises on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall pay the profit tax at the following tax rate stipulated under Article 105.1 of this Code:

106.3.1. In cities Gandja, Sumgayit, Mingechevir and Ali Bayramli (including districts under the supervision of the above towns) ?” 80 percent;

106.3.2. In highland regions and Nakhichevan Autonomy Republic ?” 40 percent;

106.3.3. In other regions (with exception of Baku and Absheron region) ?” 60 percent.

106.4. Enterprises engaged in activities indicated in this Article should pay the profit tax at the following tax rate stipulated under Article 105.1 of this Code:

106.4.1. on tourist activities ?” 80 percent;

106.4.2. in activities engaging in craft production of copper, tin and pottery products, house appliances, gardening instruments, national music instruments, toys, souvenirs, house appliances made of reeds and cane, involved in embroidery of ceramics, hand carpet production, and production of house appliances from wood- 40 percent

106.5. Should enterprise be entitled for privileges stipulated under articles 106.2?”106.4 of this Code, it shall be provided with one most favorable privilege.

106.6. Privileges stipulated under Articles 106.3 and 106.4 of this Code shall be provided to enterprises only when on territories where privileges are provided the taxpayer implements its activities with own production facilities, property and labor. Should enterprise with privileged activity be involved in any other additional activity it shall control types of activities for which privilege is or is not applied separately. Otherwise, no privilege is applied.

106.7. For persons registered for tax purposes in cities and districts indicated in articles 106.3.1, 106.3.2, 106.3.3 of this Code but engaged in activities in the city of Baku and Apsheron region tax rate shall be applied established for the city of Baku.

106.8. The list of highland regions is made by the relevant executive authority.

Chapter X. Articles concerning income taxes of natural and profit taxes of legal persons

Article 107. Area of Application

This section shall be applied for the purposes of the income tax and profit tax.

Article 108. Expenses connected with the generation of income

Except for non-deductible expenses determined under this Article, all expenses as well as mandatory payments stipulated under the law connected with obtaining income shall be deducted from such income.

Article 109. Non-Deductible Expenses

109.1. Expenses incurred on the acquisition and installation of fixed assets as well as other expenses that are characterized as expenses incurred on capital pursuant to Article 143 of this Code shall not be deducted.

109.2. Expenses that are not connected with economic activity shall not be deducted.

109.3. Deductions shall not be allowed with respect to representation or entertainment expenses, as well as expenses connected with food (with exception of costs on preventive health food, milk and equivalent products, as well as costs on food for the offshore crews within norms established by the relevant executive authority) and accommodation.

109.4. If the expenses of a taxpayer whose entrepreneurial activity is of entertainment nature are incurred within the framework of such activity, expenses incurred on entertainment shall be deducted from the income.

109.5. No deductions shall be allowed with respect to the expenses of a physical person incurred on personal consumption or receipt of the salary (wages), except forthe cost ofpayment cards obtaining.

109.6. Deductions to reserve funds shall be made from income only in accordance with articles 111 and 112 of this Code.

109.7. No deductions shall be allowed with respect to the actual travel costs exceeding the limit established by relevant authority of the executive power.

Article 110. Limitation of Interest Deduction

110. Actual amount of interest on debts obtained from abroad, and also paid to each other by interconnected persons (when applying payment method-amount of interest on payment), shall be deducted from the profit within period for which interests are applied, at the same currency and at the amount not exceeding 125 percent of the average interest on inter-bank trade on credits with similar periods, or, if no trade was conducted - on inter-bank credits published by the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 111. Deduction of bad and doubtful debts

111.1. A taxpayer shall be entitled to a deduction for doubtful debts connected with goods, work and services that have been realized where income from them was previously included in the gross income received from entrepreneurial activity.

111.2. Doubtful debt deduction shall be allowed only if the debt is written off as worthless in taxpayer’s books.

111.3. Banks and credit entities engaged in certain types of banking activities shall be entitled dependent from classification of assets in order established under legislation, to deduct from income amounts assigned for establishment of special reserve funds in accordance with procedures established by the relevant executive authority.

Article 112. Deductions for allocations to reserve insurance funds

A legal entity engaged in insurance activity shall be entitled to deduct allocations to reserve insurance funds within the norms established by the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 113. Deductions for expenditures on research, project-research and experimental-design work

Expenditures on research, project-research and experimental-design work connected with the receipt of gross income (except for the expenditures on the acquisition of fixed assets, their installation and other expenses of a capital nature) shall be deductible.

Article 114. Amortization charges and deductions for depreciated assets

114.1. Amortization charges for fixed assets used in entrepreneurial and non-entrepreneurial economic activity, specified in article 99 of this Code, shall be deductible in accordance with the conditions of this Article.

114.2. Land, arts, buildings, facilities representing rare historical or architectural monuments, as well as other wear-proof assets, determined under this Article shall not be depreciated:

114.2.1. equipment, exhibits, equipment, samples, operational and non-operations models, mock-ups and other visual aids used in cabinets and laboratories of for scientific, educational and practical purposes;

114.2.2. productive livestock (pedigree cows, buffalos, mares, camels, pigs, deer, sheep, goats; pedigree bulls, studs, camels and other similar productive cattle);

114.2.3. exhibits of fauna located in zoos and other similar facilities;

114.2.4. perennial plants;

114.2.5. library funds, film funds (vide, audio, photo), stage requisites, museum exhibits;

114.2.6. completely depreciated main assets if suitable for operation;

114.2.7. main assets undergone conservation;

114.2.8. public motor roads;

114.2.9. public park equipment;

114.2.10. main assets at stores, not issued for operations.

114.3. Annual amortization rates as per depreciated assets shall be classified as follows:

114.3.1. Buildings, facilities and installations, structures - up to 7%;

114.3.2. Machinery, equipment and calculation technology - up to 25%;

114.3.3. Transport means - up to 25%;

114.3.4. Draft animals - up to 20%;

114.3.5. Costs on geological exploration and preparation work for production of natural resources - up to 25%;

114.3.6. non-tangible assets- for those with undetermined period of use- up to 10 percent, for those with determined period of use- at years on amounts pro-rata to period of use;

114.3.7. Other fixed assets- up to 20%;

114.3.8. for production capital investments, as well as property subject to leasing, actual amount of which is paid in current year (with exception of capital investments of subjects of natural monopolies as well as enterprising subjects engaged in production of commodities, implementation of works, provision of services, pricing for which is regulated by the state), with increase for up to 2 times of annual amortization levels, stipulated under Articles 114.3.1., 114.3.2., 114.3.3. and 114.3.7 of this Code.

Capital construction, reconstruction in the form of new construction of premises - workshops, directly using in the process of production, expansion and technical renovation of operating plants, and also purchase of units, equipment, intraproduction transport means and fixed assets, their other facilities (or parts) are considered as capital investments.

Regulations, specified in the article 114.3.8 of this Code are not applied to:

  • · enterprises and organizations, being forbidden to carry out direct production activity according to the legislation;
  • · capital investments at the expense of sponsor`s financial assistance and other gratuitous allowances.

114.4. Amortization charges on each main category is calculated by applying the amortization levels established for fixed assets, related to each category, indicated in Article 114.3. of this Code, to the balance value of the category as for the end of the tax year.

If amortization charges applied are lower than those that are established for the tax year on fixed assets related to any category, the difference created as the result of this can be added to the amounts of amortization deducted from income in future tax years.

114.5. Amortization for buildings and structures (hereinafter - buildings) shall be charged for each building separately.

114.6. For the purposes of calculation of amortization the residual value on main assets (main asset) at the end of tax year shall be the amount established in following order (not less than zero):

  • To add value of main assets (main asset) obtained within current year in accordance with Article 143 of this Code and above limit part of repair costs for previous year established on the basis of Article 115 of this Code to the residual value of main assets (main asset) at the end of previous year (value upon the deduction of amortization amount calculated for subject year), minus residual value of main assets, submitted, liquidated within the tax year or having residual value of less than 500 manats or 5 percent of initial value. Gainarisingfrom the revaluationof fixed assets(funds) (positive difference arisingfrom the revaluation), for the purpose of depreciationcalculation is not included inthe depreciated cost of fixed assets (funds) at the end ofthe tax year.

114.7. If the amount obtained from provision of main assets (main asset) exceeds the residual value of these main assets (main asset), the difference shall be included as income.

114.8. If the residual value of main asset at the year-end is less than 500 manats or 5 % of initial value, the amount of residual value shall be deducted from income.

114.9. If amount obtained from provision of main assets (main asset) is less than the residual value of these main assets (main asset), the difference shall be deducted from income.

Article 115. Deductions for repair expenses

115.1. The amount of repair expenses deductible each year shall be limited to the balance value as of the previous year-end for each category of fixed assets - 2 percent of remaining value at the end of year of category of main assets, specified in Article 114.3.1 of this Code, 5 percent of main assets at the end of year of assets, shown in Articles 114.3.2 and 114.3.3, 3 percent of the remaining value at the year end of the category of main assets specified in Article 114.3.7, and zero (0) percent on main assets, to which the depreciation is accounted, in accordance with value. In event when the actual amount of repair expenses is less than amount established by this limit than the actual amount of repair expenses shall be deductible from income.

In such case the maximum value of expenses in following tax years shall be increased by the difference between the amount of actual repair costs and amount calculated on established limit.

115.2. Amount, exceeding the limit established under Article 115.1 of this Code shall be assigned for increase of residual value of main assets (main asset) at the end of current tax year.

Costs associated with maintenance of main assets, which are not depreciated, for which the wear (depreciation) is not accounted shall not be deducted from income and their balance value is increased.

115.3. The procedure on deduction from income of costs for the repair of leased fixed assets shall be established in accordance with Articles 115.4 - 115.8 of this Code.

115.4. The amount of costs deducted from incomes for maintenance of leased main assets shall be limited by interest range stipulated under Article 115.1 of this Code from the remaining value at the end of previous year for each category of main assets.

115.5. Terms, provisions of transfer of main assets for leasing, as well as costs for their maintenance shall be agreed between the Lesser and Lessee in the contract made, as stipulated under the legislation.

115.6. If repair work is conducted at the expense of Lesser, or Lessee, during the compensation of leasing payment, provisions of Article 115 of this Code shall not be applied to Lesser.

115.7. If the residual value of each category of main assets by the end of previous year is equal to zero, the actual amount of repair costs shall be assigned to residual value of relevant category of main assets and depreciation is calculated in accordance with provisions of this Code.

115.8. Provisions of this Code shall only limit the amount deducted from income for repair and do not prevent from implementation of repairs at the expense of other sources of taxpayers.

Article 116. Deduction for insurance payments

116.1 Insurance payments that are paid by insured parties under insurance agreements shall be deducted, with the exception of insurance payments on property damage insurance to employees’ favor, as well as life insurance made by foreign insurers.

116.2. Insurance contributions made on the basis of insurance contracts for accumulative life insurance and pension insurance, concluded by the physical entities with the insurers of the Republic of Azerbaijan for a period of not less than 3 years and providing the payment of insurance money after a 3-year period from the date of entry into force of the insurance contract, for tax purposes are deducted by the employer from income obtained in connection with employment of this physical entity.

The insurance contributions paid on accumulative life insurance and pension insurance, to be deducted by the employer from income obtained in connection with employment of this physical entity, shall be deducted only in case of transfer to a bank account of the insurer by the bank.

116.3. In the event of early termination of the insurance contract under article 116.2 of this Code, paid insurance contributions are taxed at the source of payment by the insurer.

Article 117. Expenses on geological surveying and preparatory work for the production of natural resources

117.1. Expenditures on geological surveying and preparatory work for the production of natural resources shall be deductible from gross income as amortization charges at the rates stipulated in Article 114 of this Code.

117.2. This Article shall apply also to expenditures on intangible assets incurred by the taxpayer in connection with the acquisition of rights to geological surveying and processing or exploitation of natural resources.

Article 118. Deductions from income of expenses on intangible assets

118.1. Intangible assets shall include expenses of legal and physical persons on intangible objects used for more than one year in economic activity.

118.2. Expenditures on intangible assets shall be deductible from income as amortization charges at the rate stipulated in Article 114 of this Code.

118.3. When costs on purchasing and production of intangible assets are deducted from income during calculation of taxpayer’s taxable income, specified costs shall not be related to the value of intangible assets to be amortized.

Article 119. Limitation of deductions from income

119.1. No deduction from the income with respect to the following taxes, interests and financial sanctions and penalties shall be allowed :

119.1.1. profit tax or any other tax calculated on income which has been paid in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or other countries;

119.1.2. interests,financial penaltiesand administrative fines, calculated in the manner prescribedby this Code andother laws (except for interest, penalties (fines)forcivil legal contractsrelated to thereceipt of income, compensation for damages causeddue to thedelay of performanceand othersimilarpenalties).

Article 120. Losses upon the realization of property

Losses arising upon the realization by a physical person of property (except for property used for economic activity or property the income upon the realization of which is exempt from tax) shall be compensated from the gains received upon the realization of such property. If the losses cannot be compensated in the year in which they took place, they shall be carried forward for a period of up to three years and compensated from the income received from the gains upon the realization of property.

Article 121. Loss Carry-Forward

121.1. Part of expenses exceeding the profit, which is allowed to exclude from the profits of the enterprise, shall be switched to the next period continuing for up to five years, and shall be compensated at the expense of the profits of these years with no limitation on years.

121.2. With respect to physical persons, expenses deductible from gross income generated from the non-entrepreneurial economic activity, which exceed said gross income may not be deducted from salaries and wages, but shall be carried forward for a period of up to three years and shall be covered at the expense of the gross income generated from entrepreneurial economic activity of future periods.

Article 122. Withholding of tax at the source of payment

122.1. Dividends paid by resident enterprises shall be subject to taxation at the source of payment at a rate of 10 percent.

122.2. If dividends are taxed pursuant to Article 122.1 of this Code from natural and legal persons, then the specified income of natural and legal persons shall not be taxed again.

Such income shall not be liable to taxation when paying it repeatedly as dividends.

122.3. Distribution of profit under the agreements on exploration, development and production sharing of oil and gas resources, export pipelines and other similar agreements, as well as transfers of net profit of subsidiaries wholly owned by this legal entity and income of this entity, accumulated in the centralized fund of the legal entity are not taxed. (27)

Article 123. Withholding of tax on interest at the source of payment

123.1. If income received from Azerbaijani source in accordance with Article 13.2.16. of this Code, interests paid by resident or non-resident’s permanent establishment or on behalf of such establishment with exception of interests paid on credits
(loans), deposits (accounts) of resident credit organizations or persons carrying out banking operations, including, from loan interests paid on financial leasing operations, toresident persons carrying out financial leasing or non-resident banks, or permanent establishment of a non-resident carrying out financial leasing shall be taxed at the source of payment at a rate of 10%, taking into consideration the discount provided for in Article 102.1.22 of this Code.

123.2. If the actual owner of interest is a natural person, interests from which taxes are levied, upon their payment to natural person shall not be taxed.

123.3. If the actual owner of interest is a taxable resident enterprise or the permanent establishment of non-resident then the specified enterprise or permanent establishment of non-resident receiving the interest in accordance with Article 123.1 of this Code, from which taxes are levied shall reduce the amount of tax paid at the source if documents are provided to confirm the payment of tax at the source of payment.

123.4. Income received as difference between the payments by and to insured shall be taxed at the rate of 10 percent.

Article 124. Withholding of tax from rent payment and royalty at the source of payment

124.1. If the income from the rent payment of movable and immovable property, income from royalty paid by the resident or permanent establishment of non-resident in the Republic of Azerbaijan or paid on his behalf received in accordance with article 13.2.16. of this Code from Azerbaijani source such income shall be taxed at the source of payment at the rate of 14 percent.

If leasing payment is paid by natural person, who is not registered as taxpayer, Lessor in accordance with this Article shall pay the tax at the rate of 14 percent and upon the registration shall submit the declaration in accordance with Articles 33 and 149 of this Code

124.2 If tax is withheld from natural person receiving the leasing payment or royalty, or paid in accordance with Article 124.1 of this Code, the tax is not withheld from such incomes

124.3. Amounts paid to resident enterprises in the Republic of Azerbaijan and permanent establishments of non-residents shall not be a taxable base under this Article.

124.4. Minimum amount of monthly leasing payment for the purposes of taxation of immovable property (with exception of resident housing fund) in the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be established by relevant executive authority.

124.4. For the purposes of taxation of real estate(other thanhousing)in the Republic of Azerbaijan,the sumof the monthly leasepayment is establishedin accordance with Article14 of this Code, taking into account the market value.

Article 125. Withholding of tax on income of non-residents at the source of payment

125.1. Gross income of a non-resident from an Azerbaijani source that is stipulated in Article 13.2.16. of this Code and that is not attributable to the permanent establishment of the non-resident located in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be subject to taxation at the source of payment without deduction of costs at the source of payment at the following rates:

125.1.1. dividends - according to Article 122 of this Code;

125.1.2. interests - according to Article 123 of this Code;

125.1.3. leasing payments, including payments on financial leasing operations, as well as insurance payments of resident-enterprise or entrepreneur under risk insurance or reinsurance agreements - 4 percent;

125.1.4. payments by a resident enterprise or an individual enterprise for telecommunication or transport services during international communications or shipments between the Republic of Azerbaijan or other states - 6 percent;

125.1.5. the following payments by a resident enterprise or an individual enterprise, connected with employment, including the income from services specified in articles 13.2.16.2, 13.2.16.10 (with exception of profits obtained as royalty for property, stored or used in the Republic of Azerbaijan), 13.2.16.12 (with exception of profits made as a result of leasing of immovable property in the Republic of Azerbaijan) and 13.2.16.14. of this Code, as well as income received from the Azeri source - 10 percent;

125.1.6. income in the form of wages paid by a resident enterprise or an individual enterprise - at the rates specified by Article 101 of this Code;

125.1.7. rent payment and royalty - in accordance with Article 124 of this Code.

125.1.8. from sports gambling winnings - in accordance with Article 101.5 of the this Code.

125.2. For the purposes of this Article, payments made by or on behalf of the permanent establishment of a non-resident in the Republic of Azerbaijan of on his behalf, shall be considered to be made by a resident enterprise.

125.3. In case if the international treaties on avoidance of double taxation with participation of the Republic of Azerbaijan stipulate the low tax rate or full exemption from taxes, then tax amount which was overcharged from the source of payments will be refunded in an order stipulated by the article 87.4 of this Code.

Article 126. Taxation of net profit of non-resident’s permanent establishment at the source of payment

In addition to profit tax of non-resident’s permanent establishment from any amount of net income of this permanent establishment at the source of payment, transferred (issued) to the favor of such non-resident tax shall be withheld at the rate of 10 percent.

Article 127. Foreign Tax Credit

127.1. Amounts of income tax or profit tax of resident enterprise paid outside the Republic of Azerbaijan from the incomes of not Azerbaijani source shall be credited upon the payment of tax in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

127.2. The amounts of the credit stipulated in Article 127.1 of this Code shall not exceed the amount of tax charged on that income or profit in the Republic of Azerbaijan at the rates in effect in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 128. Income received in countries with concessive taxation

128.1. If a resident directly or indirectly holds more than 20 percent of the basic charter capital or possesses more than 20 percent of the voting shares of a foreign legal entity that, in turn, received income from a state with concessive taxation, said income of the resident shall be included in its taxable income.

128.2. A foreign state shall be considered a state with concessive taxation, if in that country the tax rate is 2 or more times lower than that determined under this Code, or if there exist laws on confidentiality of information about companies, which allow secrecy to be maintained concerning financial information, as well as the actual owner of property or income (property) receiver.

Article 129. Tax year

A tax year shall be a calendar year.

Article 130. Procedure for recording income and expenditures

130.1. With a view to reflecting clearly taxable income (or profit), the taxpayer shall be obliged to maintain accurate and timely records of income and expenditures on the basis of documented data and shall assign, using methods provided for in this Chapter, said income and expenditures to relevant reporting periods during which they were received or incurred. The method used by taxpayer shall take account of all requirements concerning the moment of expenditures and receipts and procedure for their accounting. Taxpayer can use cash basis or accrual basis method as an accounting method.

Legal and physical entities shall keep the records of profit and losses according to the current legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan. With taxation purposes the profit and losses are established on the basis of this Code.

130.2. Taxpayer shall be obliged to ensure that all operations connected with its activity are recorded in such a manner that their beginning, course and end can be discerned.

130.3. Subject to the provisions of this Article, taxable income shall be calculated by the method used by the taxpayer for his own book-keeping, provided that adjustments necessary for meeting the requirements of this Code are incorporated.

130.4. Taxpayer may use cash method or accrual method of tax accounting, provided that the same method is applied by taxpayer during a year.

130.5. If the accounting method of taxpayer is changed, adjustments to accounting operations affecting the tax amount shall be effected in the year that the accounting method changed, so that none of the operations is left out or included twice.

Article 131. Procedure for recording income and expenditures using the cash basis method

Taxpayer using cash method shall account for income at the moment that it actually receives such income or such income is transferred to its disposal and for expenses - at the moment that these expenses are actually incurred.

Article 132. Moment of receipt of income when using the cash basis method

132.1. The moment of receipt of income shall be considered the moment that cash monies are received. Should non-cash payment be made, the moment of the receipt of income shall be the moment said monies are transferred to taxpayer’s bank account or to another account at his disposal or from which he is entitled to receive said resources.

132.2. In the case of annulment or discharge of taxpayer’s obligation, i.e. in the event of mutual offsetting, the moment of the receipt of income shall be considered the moment that the obligation is annulled or discharged.

Article 133. Moment of carrying out expenses when using the cash basis method

133.1. When taxpayer uses the cash method for tax accounting purposes, the moment of carrying out expenses shall be the moment that these expenses are actually incurred unless otherwise provided for in this Article.

133.2. If taxpayer pays out cash monies, the moment of incurring expenses shall be the moment the monies are paid. Should non-cash payment be made, the moment of incurring expenses shall be the moment that the bank receives the order of the taxpayer to transfer said funds.

133.3. In the case of the annulment or discharge of taxpayer’s financial obligation, i.e. in the event of mutual offsetting, the moment of carrying out expenses shall be the moment that the financial obligation is annulled or discharged.

133.4. When paying interest on a debt obligation or making payments for rental property (if the term of the debt obligation or rental agreement extends over several reporting periods) the amount of interest (or rent) actually paid, which is deductible for the tax year shall be deemed as the amount of interest (or rent) calculated for that year.

Article 134. Recording income and expenditures using the accrual basis method

Taxpayer maintaining records using the accrual basis method shall record income and expenditures based on the moment of the acquisition by taxpayer of the right to that income or of the acknowledgment of the expenditures, respectively, regardless of the moment that the income is received or the expenditures are incurred.

Article 135. Moment of the receipt of income when using the accrual basis method

135.1. The right to receive income shall be considered to have been acquired if the relevant amount is subject to unconditional payment to taxpayer or taxpayer has fulfilled all its obligations under the transaction.

135.2. If taxpayer fulfills work or provides services, the right to receive income shall be considered to have been acquired at the time when the fulfillment of such work under the agreement has been fully completed.

135.3. If taxpayer receives income, or has the right to receive interest income or income from the lease of property, the right to receive income shall be considered to be acquired at the moment of expiration of the term of the debt obligation or lease agreement. If the term of the debt obligation or lease agreement extends over several reporting periods, the income shall be distributed among these reporting periods according to the procedure for the calculation of this income.

Article 136. Moment of carrying expenditures when using the accrual basis method

136.1. When taxpayer uses the accrual basis method in tax accounting, the moment of carrying expenditures in respect of a transaction (agreement) shall, unless otherwise provided by this Article, be considered when all the following condition are fulfilled:

136.1.1. taxpayer’s acceptance of a financial obligation can be acknowledged indisputably;

136.1.2. the amount of the financial obligations can be valued with sufficient accuracy; and

136.1.3. all of the parties to the transaction (agreement) have actually fulfilled all their obligations under the transaction (agreement) or the relevant amounts are subject to unconditional payment.

136.2. In relation to the above mentioned, financial obligations shall be such obligations assumed according to a transaction (agreement), for the fulfillment of which the other party to the transaction (agreement) will be required to pay relevant income in monetary or other form.

136.3. When paying interest or rental on a leased property the debt obligation term or lease agreement term shall cover few reporting periods, the income shall be distributed among these reporting periods in accordance with the procedure for their calculation.

Article 137. Distribution of income from joint ownership

In the case of joint ownership agreements or agreements that involve ownership by more than one person without establishing a legal person, income and expenditures resulting from said agreements shall be attributed to owners according to the agreement and tax shall be imposed according to the participating interest of such owners.

Article 138. Income and deductions under long-term contracts

138.1. «Long-term contract» - shall mean a contract on production (manufacture), installation or construction, or the performance of related service, which is not completed within a tax year. Contracts to be completed within 6 months of the date on which work under such contracts commenced shall be an exception.

138.2. If taxpayer uses the accrual method of accounting, income and deductions with respect to long-term contracts shall be accounted for during the tax year in accordance with the actual percentage of completion of such contracts.

138.3. Percentage of a completion of a contract shall be determined by comparing the expenditures borne by the end of the tax year against the total expenditures under the contract.

138.4. Provisions of Article 138 of this Code shall not be applied to simplified tax payers for operations in building constructions.

Article 139. Procedure for Recording Stocks of Commodities and Materials

139.1. Taxpayer shall be obliged to include in stocks of commodities and materials any goods in its possession and to be used for subsequent sale or for production of goods, doing work or providing services.

139.2. When accounting for commodity and material stocks, taxpayer shall be obliged to reflect in tax accounting the value of goods produced or acquired by it, such value being determined on the basis of the production cost or purchase price of these goods, respectively. Taxpayer shall also be obliged to include storage or transportation costs on these goods in their value.

139.3. When recording commodity and material stocks, the taxpayer may assess the value of obsolete, defective or out-of date goods (or products), that cannot be transferred at a price higher than their production cost or purchase price for the same reasons, on the basis of the price at which said goods (or products) can be transferred.

139.4. The taxpayer holds the right to keep the accounting of commodity and material stocks using the method of valuation at average cost if he is not keeping the individual record of goods on which he has the authority.

Article 140. Financial lease

140.1. If a lessor lets tangible assets to lease under a financial lease agreement, the lessee shall, for taxation purposes, be considered owner of the assets and lease payments - payments on the loan granted to the lessee.

140.2. Lease of assets shall be considered a financial lease in the following cases:

140.2.1. the assets are to be transferred to ownership upon the termination of the lease period or the lessee is entitled to purchase the assets at a determined or presumed price upon the termination of the lease period; or

140.2.2. the lease term exceeds 75% of the service period of the leased assets; or

140.2.3. the residual value of the leased assets upon the termination of the lease is less than 20 percent of their value at the beginning of the lease;

140.2.4. the current discounted value of payments over the entire lease term is greater than or equal to 90% of the fair market value of the assets as of the beginning of the lease.

140.2.5. the leased property has been prepared for the lessee by the order of the lessee and may not be used, upon the termination of the lease term, by any person other than the lessee.

140.3. The Article 140.2.4. of this Code shall not apply to a lease that started during the final quarter of the term of utilization of assets.

140.4. In case when no interest rate is mentioned on loan payments in a financial leasing contract or to non-residents carrying out financial leasing, as well as to interdependent persons the interest rate used for establishment of current value of financial leasing payments shall be taken for the period to which payments are applied in the same currency at volume of 125 percent of the average interest on inter-bank trade on credits with similar periods, or, if no trade was conducted ?” on inter-bank credits.

140.5. For the purposes of this Article, the lease term shall include any period for which the lessee is entitled to extend the lease.

140.6. In the cases where the lessee is the owner of the assets before the start of the financial lease, the transaction property shall, in addition to the regime of granting loan stipulated in Article 140.1. of this Article, be regarded as a sale by the lessor and purchase by the lessee.

Article 141. Compensated deductions and reduction of reserves

141.1. If previously deducted expenses, losses, or doubtful loans are reimbursed, then the amounts received shall be deemed income for the moment in which they were reimbursed.

141.2. If previously deducted reserves are reduced, then the amount reduced shall be included in income.

Article 142. Income and losses upon the realization of assets

142.1. Income from the realization of assets shall consist of the positive difference between the proceeds from the realization of such assets and the cost of the assets as determined in accordance with Article 143 of this Code. Upon the transfer of assets on a gratuitous basis or at a reduced price, the income of the person transferring the assets shall be determined as the positive difference between the market value of the property so transferred and its cost as determined in accordance with Article 143 of this Code.

142.2. Losses from the realization of assets shall consist of the negative difference between the proceeds from the realization of such assets and their cost as determined in accordance with Article 143 of this Code.

142.3. This Article shall not apply to the assets subject to amortization under the method of classification into categories stipulated by Article 114 of this Code. (6)

Article 143. Cost of assets

The cost of assets shall include expenses for their acquisition, production, construction, assembly and installation as well as other expenses that increase their value with the exception of expenses for which the taxpayer is entitled to a deduction,and the growththat occursinrevaluation of fixed assets(funds) (positive difference arisingfrom the revaluation).

In the event of obtained assets to cover credits, the interest on credits do not increase the value of assets and shall be deducted from profits as per Article 108 of this Code.

Article 144. Non-recognition of profit or losses

144.1. No profit or loss shall be taken into account in the following cases when determining taxable income:

144.1.1. assets are transferred between spouses;

144.1.2. assets are transferred between former souses as part of a divorce settlement;

144.1.3. assets are impartially liquidated or alienated where the proceeds are reinvested in an asset of the same or similar nature before the end of the second year following the year in which the liquidation or alienation took place.

144.2. The cost of the replacing asset described in Article 144.1.3. of this Code shall be determined with reference to the cost of the replaced asset at the time of the liquidation or alienation.

144.3. The cost of an asset acquired in a transaction in which profit is not taken into consideration for tax purposes under Articles 144.1.1. or 144.1.2. shall be the cost of the transfer or on the date of transaction.

144.4. This Article shall not apply to assets depreciated by the method of classifying into categories under Article 114 of this Code, except for the cases where all assets in a category are transferred at the same time.

Article 145. Liquidation of legal person

144.1. The liquidation of a legal entity shall be treated as a nullification of all participating interests of the participants therein, unless otherwise stipulated in this article.

144.2. If a legal person is liquidated and its asset is transferred to a participant that is a legal person or before the liquidation the participant held 100% of the participating interests in this legal person:

144.2.1. the transfer shall not be treated as the taxable transfer by the liquidated legal entity;

144.2.2. the cost of the assets transferred to the participant shall be equal to the cost of such assets to the liquidated legal person prior to the transfer;

144.2.3. the distribution of the assets shall not be a dividend;

144.2.4. no profit or loss shall be taken into consideration upon the cancellation of the participant’s interest in the liquidated asset;

144.2.5. the balance value of fixed assets of any category shall be transferred to the person gaining such fixed assets.

145.3. This Article shall not apply to the assets depreciated by the method of classifying into categories under Article 114 of this of this Code, unless all assets in the category are transferred at the same time.

145.3. Article 145.2 of this Code shall apply only if the tax agency proves that the main objective of a complete liquidation was not tax evasion.

Article 146. Establishment of a legal person

146.1. The transfer of assets shall not be deemed their alienation in the following cases:

146.1.1. a physical person, or a group of physical persons, transfers one or more assets (with or without any liability) to a legal person in exchange for a participating interest in that legal person;

146.1.2. a physical person, or a group of physical persons, owns 100% or more of the participating interests immediately after the exchange.

146.2. The cost, to the transferee, of the assets to which Article 146.1. of this Code applies shall be equal to the cost, to the transferor, of those assets at the time of the transfer.

146.3. The cost of a participating interest received by exchange stipulated in Article 146.1 of this Code shall be equal to the cost of the assets transferred less any liability transferred.

146.4. This Article shall not apply to the assets depreciated by the method of classifying into categories under Article 114 of this Code, unless all assets in the category are transferred at the same time.

146.4. If the liabilities transferred exceed the cost of the assets transferred, this Article shall not apply to the difference between these amounts.

Article 147. Reorganization of a legal person

147.1. The cost of the property and participating interests held by a legal entity or entities that are parties to the reorganization shall be equal to the cost of said property and interests immediately before the reorganization. The balance value of fixed assets connected to any depreciation category shall be transferred to person who purchased these fixed assets.

147.2. The transfer of property or participating interests between the legal persons that are the parties to reorganization shall not be treated as a surrender of property.

147.3. Any exchange of participating interests in a resident legal person which is a party to a reorganization for participating interests in another resident legal person which is also a party to that reorganization shall not be deemed taxable alienation of a participating interest.

147.4. The cost of the participating interests exchanged under Article 147.3. of this Code shall be equal to the cost of the original participating interests.

147.5. The distribution of participating interests connected to the exchange of participating share of resident legal person who is the party of reorganization to the participating interests in other legal person- party of reorganization shall not be considered as dividends for the parties of reorganization.

147.6. The value of original participating interests, under article 147.5. of this Code shall be divided immediately after distribution of original and distributed participating shares proportional to their market value.

147.7. Reorganization of legal person shall be:

147.7.1. merger of two or more resident legal persons;

147.7.2. acquisition or take-over of 50% or more of the voting participating interests and 50% or more of the value of all the participating interests of a resident legal person solely in exchange for the participating interests of the party of reorganization;

147.7.3. acquisition of 50% or more of the assets of a resident legal person by another resident legal person solely in exchange for voting participating interests with no preferential rights as to dividends of the party of reorganization;

147.7.4. a split-up (division) of a resident legal person into two or more resident legal persons;

147.7.5. a split-off (establishment of a new legal person by separation) provided that the tax agency proves that the main objective of such merger, acquisition, takeover, split-up and split-off was not tax evasion.

147.8. Any legal person party to reorganization, or any legal person who owns the resident legal person- party to the reorganization, or any legal person belonging to such person shall be deemed as party to reorganization.

147.9. For the purposes of Article 147.8 of this Code, the owner of a legal person shall mean an owner of 50% or more of the voting participating interests and 50% or more of the value of all the remaining participating interests in the legal person.

147.10. This Article shall not apply to the fixed assets depreciated by the method of classifying into categories under Article 114 of this Code, unless all assets in the category are transferred at the same time.

Article 148. Change of control over a legal person

148.0. Where there has been a change in the principal ownership of a legal person for 50 or more percent as compared with the ownership one year earlier, the carry-forward of a loss, deduction or credit from a previous taxable year shall not allowed in the following cases:

148.0.1. the legal person carries out the same ownership activity during three years after the change occurred;

148.0.2. the legal person does not start a new ownership activity during one year after the change occurred.

Article 149. Filing of Tax Returns

149.1. The following taxpayers shall submit tax returns to tax authorities within the terms stipulated in Article 149 of this Code:

149.1.1. resident enterprises;

149.1.2. non-residents who have permanent establishments in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

149.1.3. non-residents, taxable income of which is generated from the Azerbaijani source and specified income of which is not taxed at the source of payment;

149.1.4. private notaries, natural persons with incomes, for which the withholding tax is not stipulated (not possible), or natural persons-residents, obtaining profits from the outside of the Republic of Azerbaijan, including those obtaining profits from royalty.

149.2. Persons mentioned in Article 149.1 hereof (except for private notaries) shall submit their tax return no later than March 31 of the year following the accounting year. Private notaries must submit a tax return to the tax authority no later than the 20th of next month at the end of each quarter.

149.3. In the event that taxpayer ceases his/its ownership activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan, he/it shall submit the return to tax authorities within 30 days. For the purposes of this Article the accounting period shall cover the timeframe from the beginning of tax year until the day of entrepreneurial activity cessation by the taxpayer.

149.4. Upon the liquidation of a legal person the liquidation commission or taxpayer shall immediately notify the State tax authorities of such liquidation in the manner established by legislation. Termination commission shall give to the tax authority the declaration from the date of liquidation, shown in the decision on liquidation of legal entity, and if this date is not shown for the permanent representation of non-resident, within 30 days upon the date of legalization of the decision by representation of the Republic of Azerbaijan in foreign states (consulates of other state representing the interests of the Republic of Azerbaijan).

149.5. A physical person who is not required to file a declaration may file a declaration claiming recalculation of tax and refund of resources.

149.6. A non-resident taxpayer which has no permanent establishment in the Republic of Azerbaijan and receives income taxed at the source of payment in accordance with articles 125.1.3., 125.1.4., 125.1.5. and 125.1.7. of this Code shall be entitled to the tax refund by filing a declaration about such income. Such declaration shall be filed within the term stipulated by the first sentence of article 149.2 of this Code. Such taxpayer shall be taxed at the rates as determined for the income of the permanent establishment of a taxpayer in the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with Article 105.1 of this Code. The expenses of taxpayer incurred in connection with the permanent establishment shall be deductible under the same procedure established for permanent establishments, provided that the tax does not exceed the amount of tax withheld at the source of payment in accordance with Article 125 of this Code.

Article 150. Procedure for withholding tax at the source of payment

150.1. The following persons (tax agents) shall be obliged to withhold tax at the source of payment:

150.1.1. legal persons which make payments to physical persons working as employees;

150.1.2. entrepreneurs who make payments to physical persons working as employees, and private notaries;

150.1.3. legal or natural persons paying out pensions to persons, with the exception of paid under the State social security system;

150.1.4. resident legal persons paying dividends to legal and natural persons;

150.1.5. legal or natural persons paying interests to legal or physical persons;

150.1.6. legal or natural persons making payments stipulated in Articles 124, 125 or 126 of this Code;

150.1.7. legal persons or individual entrepreneurs making payments to natural persons for services (works) provided, not registered by tax authorities as a taxpayers, without provision of TIN;

150.1.8. insurers paying premiums, in case of early termination of the insurance contract under article 116.2 of this Code;

150.1.9. notary certifying the contracts for the provision of residential and non-residential premises (except in the case of provision of residential premises, where the individual was registered at the place of residence for at least 5 (five) years, provision in cases stipulated in Articles 102.1.3.2, 102.1.18, 106.1.16, 144.1.1 and 144.1.2 of this Code, as well as in cases of provision of construction sites, as per which was calculated the simplified tax in accordance with Article 221.5 of the present Code, by the person in charge for the construction of buildings);

150.1.10. person, effecting payments to the person, who won in sports gambling.

150.2. Persons indicated in article 150.1 of this Code shall be responsible for withholding and transferring taxes to the budget. If tax amounts are not withheld or not transferred to the budget, legal or natural persons paying income shall be obliged to pay to the budget the taxes not withheld and associated sanctions and interests.

150.3. Legal persons, private entrepreneurs and private notaries, withholding tax at the source of payment in accordance with Article 150.1 of this Code shall be obliged to:

150.3.1. to the calculation of income tax on the calculated monthly income of physical persons in accordance with Articles 150.1.1, 150.1.2 and 150.1.8 hereof, and payment of the calculated tax to the Budget not later than the 20th day of the next month;

150.3.2. to the payment of taxes to the Budget not later than the 20th day of a month after the quarter when the income was paid, in accordance with Articles 150.1.3 to 150.1.7 hereof.

150.3.3. declaration of taxes withheld at the source of payment in the form prescribed by the relevant executive authority shall be submitted to the tax authority by:

150.3.3.1. persons withholding the tax at the source of payment in accordance with Articles 150.1.3.-150.1.8 of this Code - not later than on 20th of next month;

150.3.3.2. VAT payers and the payers of the simplified tax, withholding the tax at source of payment in accordance with Articles 150.1.2 and 1501.1 of this Code - not later than on 31st January of the year following the reporting year;

150.3.3.3. excluding VAT payers and payers of the simplified tax, other taxpayers withholding the tax at source of payment in accordance with Articles 150.1.1 and 150.1.2 of this Code - not later than on 20th of next month after the end of the quarter.

150.3-1. Having calculated the sum of the simplified tax in accordance with the requirements of Articles 220.8 and 220.8-1 of this Code, the notary is obliged to transfer it to the state budget within 1 (one) business day and provide to the tax authorities a declaration in the form, prescribed by the relevant executive authority, up to 20th day of the month following the reporting month.

150.3-2. The persons referred to in Article 150.1.10 of this Code are required to calculate the tax in accordance with Article 101.5 of this Code, to transfer calculated tax to the state budget and to submit to the tax authority the declaration in the form prescribed by the relevant executive authority up to 20th day of the month following the reporting month.

150.4. The tax agent shall withhold the tax from the taxpayer at his place of employment. If the taxpayer is not obliged to submit the return, then it shall be considered as the entire amount of income tax. Should taxpayer not to use rights granted by Article 149.5 of this Code, the withheld tax shall be considered the complete amount of income tax.

Article 151. Current tax payments

151.1. Legal and natural persons shall be obliged to make current payments to the budget no later than the fifteenth day of the month following each quarter. Enterprises and organizations, which are owned by municipalities, shall pay taxes to local (municipal) budget. The amount of each payment shall be 1/4 of the tax amount calculated in tax year. Private notaries must pay the tax, calculated according to the rate established in Article 101.4 of this Code, to the state budget not later than the 20th of next month.

151.2. The taxpayer may determine the amounts of current tax payments by multiplying the volume of his income in relevant quarter to coefficient of tax weight in the gross income for previous year (with no consideration of amounts to be deducted from income).

151.3. In this, the taxpayer selects annually until April 15 one of the two modes for calculation of the amount of payable taxes within the year and informs the tax authority. In the event that a taxpayer has chosen the method provided by Article 151.2 hereof for the determination of the amount of current tax payments, within 15 days after the end of each quarter, he shall submit a certificate to tax authorities about current tax amount calculated on the profit or income, otherwise the tax authority shall apply the method provided by Article 151.1 hereof. In case, when the taxpayer will not inform about mode applied for calculation of the amount of current tax payments, the tax authority will apply the first method and such method shall not be changed until the end of tax year.

151.4. Current tax payments shall be the amounts of tax withheld from the taxpayer within tax year.

151.5.Current tax payments not applying in previous tax year, but acting in the next tax year of the legal and physical entities (further - taxpayers previously not active), carrying out business activity without establishment of the legal entity, and also new established and acting taxpayers are to be determined shall be implemented as follows:

151.5.1. Current tax payments on income tax or profit tax of taxpayers, previously not active shall be calculated on quarterly basis, within the calendar year on the basis of tax rates stipulated under this Code.

151.5.2. The amount of current tax payments can not be less than 75 percent of the amount of the amount of profit or income tax.

151.5.3. Taxpayers not involved previously activities, within 15 days upon the end of quarter shall perform current tax payment and provide to the tax authority the note on current tax amount, calculated within the quarter from the income or profit.

151.5.4. If current tax payments are not paid by the taxpayer, previously not active, within timeframe defined under Article 151.5.3 of this Code, for unpaid current tax payments the interest shall be paid for each extended day of payment in accordance with procedures stipulated under Article 59 of this Code.

151.5.5. The interests established under Article 151.5.4 of this Code shall be applied towards current tax payment for delayed taxes, revealed as a result of tax inspection, conducted for entire period of payment but less than for a year.

151.5.6. Current tax payments are assigned to the amount of tax withheld from the taxpayer, not previously involved in activities, over tax year.

151.5.7. Ifpayers of simplified tax are payers ofprofit tax orincometax, the amount of current tax payment is defined in accordance with this Code.

151.5.8. In the event is taxpayers, not previously involved in activities did not submit the relevant note, stipulated under Articles 16.2 and 151.5.3 of this Code, the tax authority shall calculate the amount of current tax payments on the basis of similar information on taxes in accordance with Article 67 of this Code and shall submit the relevant notification to the taxpayer.

151.6. Upon the ending of reporting period, current tax payments shall be re-calculated and if in this the calculated amount of current tax exceeds the tax amount indicated in the report, the exceeding amount of current tax as well as interests accrued shall be decreased.

Article 152. Tax Payment for Year End

152.1. Taxpayers shall carry out final calculations and pay taxes before the date established for the submission of tax returns.

152.2. Enterprises owned by municipalities shall transfer the profit tax to local budget and other enterprises to the state budget. Natural persons shall pay the profit tax to the state budget.

Chapter XI. Value Added Tax

Article 153. Concept of value added tax

The Value Added Tax (hereafter referred to as the VAT) is the difference between the amount of tax calculated from taxable turnover and the tax amount which is creditable according to electronic tax invoices submitted in accordance with provisions of this Code or documents reflecting the payment of VAT in import.

Article 154. Taxpayers

154.1. Any person who/which is registered or to be registered as VAT payer shall be VAT payer.

154.2. A person registered as VAT payer shall be considered a taxpayer from the date that the registration takes effect. A person who must file for registration, but has not been registered, shall be considered taxpayer from the beginning of the accounting period following the period in which the obligation to apply for registration arose.

154.3. All persons importing taxable goods into the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be considered payers of VAT on goods so imported.

154.4. A non-resident person who performs work, or provides a service, without being registered for VAT purposes and who is subject to tax in accordance with Article 169 of this Code shall be considered taxpayer on such work or service.

154.5. The joint entrepreneurial activity implemented without establishment of legal person, stipulated by article 137 of this Code, for the purposes of VAT shall be considered as activity implemented by separate person.

154.6. Producers of the goods subject to excise application and persons engaged in building construction activity, which are not exercised their right to be simplified taxpayer, are considered as VAT payers.

Article 155. Requirement for submission of application on registration

155.1. Entities engaged in business activity, whose volume of taxable operations in any month (months) of consecutive 12-month period exceeds 200.000 manats, including entities who are engaged in trading activities and (or) catering activity and did not use the right established by Article 218.1 of this Code (except those specified in Articles 218.4.1, 218.4.2 and 218.4.3 of this Code), within 10 days after the datereferred to in Article157.3.1of this Codemust submit an application for registration for VAT purposes.

If the totalcost of the operationper one transactionor contractexceeds200,000manat,this operation isconsidered as operation subject to VAT, and the personperformingthis operationprior to thedate of carrying out of operation, must submit an application for registrationfor VAT purposes.

155.2. A non-resident's providing goods, performing work and rendering services shall, when determining the total volume of taxable transactions for the purposes of Article 155.1. of this Article, shall be taken into account through permanent establishments in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

155.3. In the event stipulated by Article 155.1. of this Code as well as in the case when participant is the VAT payer, the person indicated in Article 154.2. of this Code shall submit the application on registration.

Article 156. Voluntary registration

A person engaged in business undertakings who does not need to be registered may voluntarily hand in a tax authority an application about registration with the purposes of VAT.

156.2. The application, the form of which shall be determined by the appropriate executive authority, may contain the following information, along with other information:

156.2.1. type of the business undertakings intended;

156.2.2. expected quarterly turnover;

156.2.3. types of goods provided, works executed and services rendered;

156.2.4. amount of financial resources to carry out the activity;

156.2.5. sources of goods, works and services;

156.2.6. number of employees to be used during the activity;

156.2.7. value of production equipment and other assets to be used during the activity.

Article 157. Registration

157.1. An application for compulsory or voluntary registration for VAT purposes shall be submitted in the pro-forma determined by the relevant executive authorities.

157.2. When persons is undergoing the VAT registration the tax authority shall register such person in the state register of VAT payers and no later than within 5 business days from the date of submitted application issue the registration notification in the form set by the relevant executive authority, indicating in this notification the name of the taxpayer and other relevant data, date of entering of validity into force and his TIN.

In the event that the information provided by a person in the application was found to be wrong, the tax authority shall make up a substantiated report in the form as provided by the forth paragraph of Article 157.2 hereof on the results of the investigation. The statement shall be drawn up in two copies and one copy given to the person. The person shall, within 5 days after receiving the statement, remove the inaccuracies and submit the application to the tax authority, if there are no inaccuracies in the application submitted, the person shall be registered and a notification of his registration sent to the person.

If the person did not remove inaccuracies as provided in the second paragraph of this article and was not registered, by tax authority shall be submitted the notification on rejection without registration.

Form of the statement drawn up on the results of the investigation shall be established by the appropriate executive authority

Notification on registration of VAT payer shall be issued to the VAT payer just once and kept by him. If the notification on registration of VAT payer is lost or became unusable the copy of notification shall be issued on the basis of the copy of notification.

157.3. The registration shall take effect as of the following dates, whichever is earlier:

157.3.1. for mandatory registration:

  • if the amount of taxable operation during any month (months) of consecutive 12-month period exceeds 200.000 manat - on the first day of the following month;
  • if the total value of operation subject to VAT per one operation or contract exceeds 200.000 manat - up to the date of operation.

157.3.2. for voluntary registration - on the first day of the accounting period following the month in which the application for registration was submitted;

157.3.3. since the date indicated in taxpayer’s application for registration, not to exceed 3-year period specified in Article 85.4 of thisCode.

After 3-year period referred toin Article85.4 of this Code, VAT precise definition and offsetby the taxpayeris not allowed.

157.4. Tax agency shall be obliged to start and maintain a list of registered VAT payers. In the event of adding of taxpayers into the VAT registry, information is used which is contained in the application for registration, submitted to the tax authorities.

157.5. The tax agency shall, on its own initiative, register and send a registration notification to any taxpayer who/which is subject to registration for VAT purposes, but has not applied for such registration (with exception of taxpayers specified in paragraph two of Article 158.2 of this Code).

157.6. Should any change occur to the information of VAT payer, relevant amendments are made to the state registry of VAT payers.

157.7. If the registration of VAT payer was annulled, the information on VAT payer is erased for the state registry of VAT payers and issued registration notification is re-called.

157.8. On the basis of official enquiries in cases defined under current Code, the applicant can be issues with "Extract from the VAT payer registry.

Article 158. Cancellation of registration

158.1. If taxpayer, including entities, specified in Articles 218.1.2 and 218.1.3 of this Code, ceases his/its activity charged for VAT (except for cases envisaged in Article 16.3 of this Code), he/it shall be obliged to place an application for the cancellation of registration on VAT. In such case the cancellation of registration for the purposes of VAT shall enter into force from the date when taxpayer’s taxable operations are ceased.

158.2. Taxpayer who/which has registered voluntarily and whose total taxable operation during the preceding 12 months do not exceed the volume equal to 100000 manats may apply for the cancellation of registration at any time within one year after his/its last registration for VAT purposes, with exception of situations stipulated by article 158.1. of this Code. The cancellation of registration for VAT purposes shall enter into force from the date of submission of application to the tax authority on cancellation of registration.

Tax authority shall send to relevant executive authority the information on cancellation of VAT registration within one business day.

158.3. The tax agency shall remove from the registry of VAT payers the name and other details concerning the person whose registration for VAT purposes has been cancelled.

Article 159. Taxable bases

159.1. Provision of goods, works, rendering of services and taxable import are subject to taxation.

159.2. Taxable transactions shall include, along with the furnishing goods, performing work and rendering services that are exempt from tax under this Section`s provisions, any furnishing of goods (including fixed assets), performance of work and rendering of services within the framework of a joint economic activity carried out without the creation of a legal entity, provided that they are conducted in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan pursuant to Article 168 and 169 of this Code. Performance of works and provision of services outside the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall not be included in taxable operations in accordance with article 168 of this Code.

159.3. Import of goods shall, with the exception of the import exempted from tax pursuant to this Section, be considered taxable as import. Goods that are temporarily imported by transit or goods that are not considered imported goods pursuant to customs legislation shall not be considered importation goods for VAT purposes.

159.4. Taxpayer’s supply of goods, performance of works and provision of services (including on a non-compensated basis) to its own employees or for non-economic activity, as well as barter operations shall be viewed as a taxable operation.

159.5. If taxpayer makes a purchasing of goods (works, services) by paying the VAT and receives or holds the right to receive a credit, the use, loss, damage, writing-off without full depreciation or theft of goods, with exception of emergency situations of such goods (works, services) for non-commercial activity shall be considered as a taxable operation.

159.6. If taxpayer’s registration is cancelled, the goods that remain in his/its ownership at the time of cancellation shall be considered goods realized at such time and within the limits of a taxable operation.

159.7. Regardless of other provisions of this article, the delivery of goods by the person who made the purchase of goods in the result of VAT taxable operations but does not hold the right for VAT compensation on the basis of article 175 of this Code, shall not be considered as taxable operation. If partial VAT compensation was not provided during purchasing the amount of taxable operation proportional to the uncompensated part.

159.8. VAT operations by persons not registered as VAT payers as well as their operations released from VAT or zero (0) VAT rate, but conducted with application of VAT shall be subject to taxation.

159.9. Minimum turnover taxable for VAT purposes shall be calculated by persons engaged in activities on apartment construction, via application of rates set by the relevant executive authority by territorial zones of cities and districts of the country, to the amount of 225 manats for each square meter of the taxable facility, as per Article 219.3 of this Code.

159.10. In accordance with Articles164.1.11, 164.1.15, 164.1.16 and 164.1.20-164.1.25164.1.20-164.1.25,

164.1.33 and 164.1.35of this Code,introductionof imported goods,exempted from VAT in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is considered as a taxable transaction.

Article 160. Provision of enterprise

160.1. Provision of all assets of the enterprise or independent subdivision of the enterprise by one taxpayer to the other taxpayer within one operation shall not be considered the taxable operation.

160.2. In the case indicated in article 160.1 of this Code the person who purchased or accepted the enterprise (the independent subdivision of the enterprise) shall accept all rights and obligations related with this enterprise of the person who provided the enterprise. This provision shall not relieve the person who provided the enterprise (independent subdivision of the enterprise) from the payment of taxes, interests or financial sanctions associated with previous periods.

160.3. This article shall only be applied if parties providing and purchasing (accepting) the enterprise (independent subdivision of the enterprise) inform the tax authority in writing on application of provisions of this Article not later than within 10 days from the provision of enterprise.

Article 161. Value of a Taxable Operation

161.1. The value of a taxable operation (including other taxes, fees and other fees, except for the road tax (without the consideration of VAT) shall be determined on the basis of the amount of the fee which is paid or payable to taxpayer by customer or any other person.

161.2. If taxpayer receives, or is entitled to receive, goods, work or services in exchange for a taxable consideration, the market value (without the consideration of VAT) of such goods, works and services (including any duties, taxes and other fees) shall be included in the value of the taxable operation.

161.3. Pursuant to Articles 159.4., 159.5. and 159.6. Code, the amount of the taxable operation shall be equal to the cost of such goods, work or services (including any taxes and payable duties), without the consideration of VAT. The cost of taxable operation shall be determined in accordance with the procedure established in article 159 of this Code. This procedure shall be applied during the cancellation of registration in accordance with article 159.6. of this Code.

Article 162. Volume of the Taxable Import

162.1. The volume of the taxable import shall consist of the value of the goods determined in accordance with the customs legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan and taxes and duties (without the consideration of VAT and road tax) to be paid after these goods are imported to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

162.2. When rendering a service, which is considered a part of import pursuant to Article 171.2. of this Code, the value (without the consideration of VAT) of such service shall be added to the value stipulated in Article 162.1. of this Code.

Article 163. Adjustment of the Taxable Turnover

163.1. This Article shall apply to the operations on provision of goods, works and services in the following cases:

163.1.1. the operation is fully or partially cancelled, including the full or partial return of goods;

163.1.2. the nature of operation has changed;

163.1.3. the agreed compensation (advance payment) for the operation has been altered because of the reduction of prices or any other reason;

163.1.4. new facts supporting the adjustment of the taxable income arise after the submission of electronic tax invoice by taxpayer and such adjustment is effected in the relevant instructions.

163.2. If, as a result of any of the cases stipulated in Article 163.1., taxpayer

163.2.1. has submitted invoice for VAT and has not correctly indicated the tax amount in that electronic tax invoice;

163.2.2. has not correctly indicated the VAT amount in VAT tax return, adjustments shall be effected in accordance with Article 174.2. and 175.5. of this Code. The adjustment shall be effected in the tax period in which the change in assessment occurred.

Article 164. Exemption from tax

164.1. Along with the export of goods, the following types of the realization of goods, performance of work and provision of services, as well as the following types of import shall be exempt from the payment of VAT:

164.1.1. the value of state enterprise property purchased within privatization program; as well as part of the rent payment for leasing of state property, which shall be paid to the budget;

164.1.2. provision of financial services (including the financial leasing);

164.1.3. supply (sending) and import of the national and foreign currency as well as of securities (except for numismatic purposes);

164.1.4. import of gold to be deposited with the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well import of and currency valuables of the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan, monetary means, anniversary coins and other similar valuables of the Republic of Azerbaijan, manufactured abroad;

164.1.5. investment of any property in the form of share into the charter fund (capital) of enterprise, with exception of imported property (investment of property as a share, if it is not directly related to obtaining of other property);

164.1.6. state fees, payments for permits, charges levied by state power authorities, financial market supervisory body, local management authorities and other authorized agencies and services provided by the above in the exchange of amounts received, fee charged by private notaries (for the conduct of notarial acts and services provided in connection with a notarial acts), within withheld amounts.

164.1.7. purchasing of goods, execution of works and services as well as their export on the expense of credits and loans international organizations, governments of foreign countries, on the expense of credits and loans provided by foreign legal and natural persons on the basis of intergovernmental and interstate agreements, as well as the share of Azerbaijani party if such share not exceeds 49 percents in projects implemented on the expense of such credits and loans;

164.1.7. turnover on all types of purchasing and sale of mass media products, editing, publishing, polygraph activity connected with production of mass media publishing (with exception of advertisement services);

164.1.8. editing, publishingandprinting activitiesin connectionwith the production oftext-books kits (exceptwork books) and children's literatureforeducational institution;

164.1.9. ritual services of undertaking bureaus and cemeteries;

164.1.11. import of property which is the a part of financial leasing;

164.1.10. import of goods, provision of works and services by the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan, connected with obligations stipulated by legislation;

164.1.11. operations on provision of fixed assets of any kind, movables and other assets to the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan or party representing the Republic of Azerbaijan, the transfer of which to the Republic of Azerbaijan, including the legal entities representing it, are stipulated according to agreements on exploration, development of oil-gas resources and production sharing, export pipelines and etc., as well as operations of their import;

164.1.12. services on transportation of passengers by Underground;

164.1.13. provision of paid pre-school educational services (except for the provision of services in connection with other activities);

164.1.14. operations on the value of assets set by articles 106.1.9-106.1.11 of this Code and their provision in any form;

164.1.15. import of machinery, technological equipment and plants by managing organizations or operators of industrial and technological parks on the basis of a confirming document of the relevant executive authority for the establishment and construction of infrastructure, production areas of industrial or technological parks, established in accordance with the decision of the relevant body of the executive power, as well as for research and development activities;

164.1.16. import of machinery, technological equipment and plants by legal entities and individuals, engaged in entrepreneurial activities without forming a legal entity, being a residents established according to the decision of the relevant executive authorities of industrial and technological parks, on the basis of a confirming document of the relevant executive authority for the construction of production facilities of industrial or technological parks, established in accordance with the decision of the relevant executive authority, the research and development work - within 7 years from the date of registration of the resident in the industrial or technological parks;

164.1.17. representation of participation interests or shares of a legal entity;

164.1.18. turnoverof agricultural products producers(includingby industrial process) for the saleofagricultural productsproducedby them -5-year period beginning from 1 January2014.

164.1.19 imports of technical equipment and tools of all types, spare parts to them, weapons and ammunition used for military purposes by the relevant executive authority, imports of technology, equipment and component parts for the purpose of defense-oriented development and production;

164.1.20 commodities imported by humanitarian organizations duly registered in the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as imports by other legal entities and individuals, subject to receipt of a consent from the organization, established by the relevant executive authority, for humanitarian aid purposes;

164.1.21. commodities, imported in connection with gratuitous assistance, including technical assistance, and for charity purposes of countries, governments and international organizations;

164.1.22. commodities, imported by individual not for production or commercial purposes, through the customs border in cases and in the manner, prescribed by the relevant executive authority;

164.1.23. equipment and materials, imported in connection with export-oriented oil and gas activities (subject to provision of the list of equipment and materials, imported to the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with export-oriented oil and gas activities, approved by the relevant executive authority to the customs authorities);

164.1.24. goods (except for excisable goods), imported to a special economic zone;

164.1.25. imports of fixed assets being a subject-matter of leasing agreements.

164.1.26. Import of technology, technical equipment and facilities by legal persons and individual entrprenuers on basis of approval document given by relevant executive authority – within 7 years by the receipt date of investment promotion certificate;

164.1.27. Import and sale of wheat, manufacture and sale of wheat flour and bread – within 1 year by January 1, 2016;

164.1.28. Import of all kinds of goods for the purposes of those activities on the basis of the approval of the relevant executive authority by the industrial park resident who is involved in activities defined by the relevant executive authority in the industrial park established according to the decision of the executive authority - for a period of 5 years from  May 1, 2016

 

164.1.29. Import and sale of breeder animals;

164.1.30. Import and sale of seeds and seedlings;

164.1.31. Import and sale of mineral fertilizers, pesticides;

164.1.32. Import and sale of equipments for seed breeding, poultry and beekeeping, as well as laboratory equipments and machines for cleaning, sorting or calibration of seeds, grains and legumes;

164.1.33. Import of veterinary drugs used for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of agricultural animals and birds;

164.1.34. Import and sale of direct agricultural irrigation and other facilities, vehicles, equipment and techniques;

164.1.35. Import of raw materials and materials determined by the relevant executive authority.

164.2. Relevant executive authority shall be entitled to grant the VAT exempt for import of goods and equipment used for production purpose, providing advance technologies, stipulated for specific period with provision of development of specific area, in the event of impossibility to satisfy the production needs from local resources.

Article 165. Taxation at a zero (0) rate

165.1. Zero (0) rate VAT shall be applied for the provision of following works, services and transactions:

165.1.1. Goods and services intended for use of diplomatic and consular representations accredited in the Republic of Azerbaijan of international organizations and foreign states, as well as for personal use of diplomatic and administrative-technical associates of certain rank, who are not the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as their family members;

165.1.2. import of goods, provision of goods, implementation of works and provision of services to grant recipients on the expense of financial aid (grants) received from abroad;

165.1.3. Export of goods and services specified in Article 168.1.5 of this Code;

156.1.4. international and transit cargo and passenger transportation's, except for international postal services. Fulfillment of works, rendering of services directly connected with international and transit flights;

165.1.5. delivery of gold and other valuables to the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

165.1.6. purchasing of goods (works, services) and their import at the expense of credits and loans of international entities, governments of foreign states, as well as at the expense of credits and loans, provided by foreign legal entities and natural persons on the basis of interstate and intergovernmental treaties, by the persons receiving such credits and loans, as well as if the share of the Azeri party does not exceed 49 percent in projects, implemented by these credits and loans.

165.1.7. Provision of goods, works and services to the industrial park resident who is involved in activities defined by the relevant executive authority in the industrial park established according to the decision of the executive authority by contractor and to the contractor by subcontractor who has direct contract with that contractor for the purposes of this activity - for a period of 5 years from  May 1, 2016.

 

165.2. According to the article 165.1.1 of this Code, Zero (0) rate VAT will be applied to countries imposing Zero (0) rate VAT to works, services and operations specified in the article 165.1.1.

Article 166. Date of Taxable Operations

166.1. Unless otherwise provided for in this Article, the time of a taxable operation is 30 days when the payment is carried out within this period, and when the payment is carried out after 30 days - the time when VAT electronic tax invoice is submitted. If a VAT electronic tax invoice is not submitted within 5 days from the dates stipulated in Articles 166.1.1 and 166.1.2 of this Code, the taxable operation shall be considered to have been carried out at the following time:

166.1.1. if the paymentof goods,works orservicesis made within30 days,then at the date ofpayment,ifpayment is made after30 days, at the date of delivery orthe provision of goods, works or services; or

166.1.2.ifdelivery of goods involvetheir shipment and paymentis made within30 days,then at the date ofpayment, ifpayment is made after30 days,at the date ofcommencement of the shipmentof goods.

166.2. If the payment has been effected before the time stipulated in Articles 166.1.1 and 166.1.2 where the a VAT electronic tax invoice has not been submitted within five days from the payment, the taxable transaction shall be considered to have been carried out at the time of payment. If two or more payments are made for a taxable consideration, each payment shall be deemed as a separate transaction, within the limits of the payment amount.

166.3. If services are rendered on a regular or continuing basis, the time of rendering services shall be the time when a VAT electronic tax invoiceis submitted for any part of the operation, or, if payment has been made, at the time when any part of the operation has been paid for.

166.4. Where the provisions of Articles 159.3 and 159.5 of this Code are applied, the time of carrying out a taxable operation shall be the time when the use, or production of the goods, works and services begins. In the cases stipulated in Article 159.4. of this Code, the time of carrying out a taxable operation shall the time when goods are supplied, works are performed and services are provided for employees. Where the provisions of Article 159.6. are applied, the time of the supply of goods shall be the time immediately preceding the time when the cancellation takes effect.

Article 167. Place of transfer of goods

The transfer of goods shall be deemed to take place at the place they are transferred. If conditions of supply involve lifting and transportation, the transfer shall be considered to be effected at the time when the lifting or transportation of the goods starts. If, however, the supplier is to install or fix up the goods, the transfer shall be considered to be effected at the place the goods are installed or fixed up.

Article 168. Place of performing works or rendering services

168.1. For the purposes of this Chapter the place of the performance of works (provision of services) shall be as follows:

168.1.1. the place where immovable property is located ?” if works (services) are directly connected with that property. Such words (services) shall be considered construction, installation, maintenance, refurbishment words, agent and expert services, related to immovable property and other similar works (services);

168.1.2. the place where the works are performed (services are rendered) actually ?” if they are connected with movable property;

168.1.3. the place where services are actually rendered - if they are rendered in the area of culture, arts, physical fitness or sports, or in another similar area;

168.1.4. the place where transportation is actually provided- if works (services) are directly connected with that property;

168.1.5. location of registration place of the entity buying works or services, and if works or services are directly linked with permanent representation of the buyer- location of such permanent representation.

Provisions of this article shall be applied to following services:

transfer of ownership or transfer of rights on the use of patents, licenses, trade marks, copyrights and other similar services;

provision of advertisement, legal, accounting, engineering services as well as data processing and similar services;

provision of services on workforce;

leasing of movable property (with exception of transportation means of transportation enterprises);

services of agent who on behalf of the main party of agreement invites legal or natural persons for the provision of services specified in this article;

provision of telecommunication services (receiving, transmission and distribution of signals, documents, photos, voice or information of any kind via telegraph, radio, optic or other electromagnetic system, including obtaining or granting rights for such transmission, receiving and distribution shall be considered telecommunication services;

services on radio and television transmission, postal services;

provision of services via computer, Internet and other electronic networks, e-mail and other similar means or granting of rights to use such networks or services.

168.1.6. the place of activity of the person who performs the work or renders the services.

168.2. When applying the article 168.1. of this Code the place of execution of work or rendering of service listed in more than one article shall be determined by the first in order of articles’ list.

Article 169. Taxation of non-residents

169.1. If a non-resident who has not registered for VAT purposes in the Republic of Azerbaijan performs work or provides a service in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan for a tax agent stipulated in Articles 169.2 or 169.5 of this Code, the performance of work or provision of services for the purposes of this Chapter shall be taxed in accordance with this Article.

169.2. For the purposes of this Article, any person registered for VAT purposes or any resident legal person shall be considered a tax agent.

169.3. Where Article 169.1. of this Code is applied, the tax agent shall charge and pay VAT from the amount to be paid to non-resident. The amount of tax shall be determined by applying the tax rate provided for in Article 173.1. of this Code to the amount payable to non-resident (without VAT).

169.4. If the tax agent has been registered for VAT, the tax withheld shall be payable at the time o filing of the VAT return for the month in which the operation took place. The payment document verifying the payment of the calculated tax shall be considered to be a electronic tax invoicegiving the tax agent the right to a VAT credit according to Article 175 of this Code.

169.5. If the tax agent has not been registered for the VAT purposes, he shall pay upon payment of calculated tax to non-resident in accordance with this Article within 7 days and before the 20th of following month submit the VAT declaration in accordance with the form approved by relevant executive authority. Amount to be paid to non-resident by the tax agent in accordance with this Code shall not be assigned to taxable operations, defining operation for calculation of VAT for registration of tax agent for VAT purposes. If the tax agent has made the payment to the budget of VAT calculated on the amount to be paid to non-resident, the payment document shall contain the note on payment of tax from the amount to be paid to non-resident.

169.6. When property owned by non-resident is imported, the tax agent shall be entitled to claim, upon the permission of non-resident who/which is the owner of property, a VAT credit to the tax withheld from the importation. In this case the tax agent shall be considered taxpayer and be responsible for the payment of VAT when further realizing (except for exporting) that property.

169.7. The tax agent no later than within 20th of the following month upon the payment to non-resident, shall submit to the tax authority the declaration on payment of VAT in accordance with the form established by the relevant executive authority.

Article 170. Time of Import

An import of goods shall be considered to take place at the time when customs duties are collected on such goods pursuant to customs legislation. If goods are exempt from tax, an import of goods shall be considered to take place when such goods are removed from the customs control.

Article 171. Mixed operations

171.1. Supply of goods, performance of works or provision of services that is subsidiary to the main supply of goods, performance of works or provision of services shall be considered a part of such operations.

171.2. Performance of work or provision of services by an exporter, which are subsidiary to the import of goods, shall be considered a part of the import of goods.

171.3. When operation which involves independent elements is divided into taxable but VAT exempted operations those shall be considered as separate operations.

Article 172. Operations by Agent

172.1. Supply of goods, performance of works and provision of services by a person who is an agent (proxy) for another person (principal) shall be considered an operation conducted by principal.

172.2. Article 172.1. of this Code shall not apply to services rendered by agent to principal.

172.3. Article 172.1. of this Code shall not apply to the supply of goods to the Republic of Azerbaijan by a person who/which is a resident agent of a non-resident person not registered for VAT in the Republic of Azerbaijan. In such cases supply of goods shall, for the purposes of VAT, be considered to be carried out by an agent.

The amount of VAT that shall be paid on lotteries, tourist agency services, commission sales, sell of used goods, and other areas, determination of taxable base of which in accordance with general rules involves difficulties, shall be determined in this Article.

172.4. The basis for VAT taxation on operations performed via the agent of other person, shall be defines as follows:

172.4.1. During provision of goods, implementation of works or provision of services via the agent of other person, the price of indicated goods (works, services) shall be recognized as a price of taxable operations and basis for taxation.

Award (Premium), paid to the agent for provided services, along with inclusion into the taxable operation of the agent, shall be assigned for costs deducted from the income of other party.

The invoice received by the agent from other person does not allow him to compensate the amount of VAT.

172.4.2. The time of taxable operations for other person shall be considered the time of transfer to the agent of goods (works, services).

In the event of transfer of goods (works, services) in batches (parts) the time of taxable operations is established for each batch.

172.4.3. If the agent is the VAT payer he shall submit only the tax receipt on services provide to other person. The tax receipt shall entitle the other person, who is the payer of VAT to compensate the paid VAT to the agent.

Irrespective of VAT inclusion to the cost of goods (works, services) delivered to the agent by other person, the agent shall not be entitled to issue electronic tax invoice to the buyer (customer) of the goods (works, services).

172.4.4. For the agent the taxation basis shall be the value of services provided by him to other persons on provision of goods (works and services), the time of taxable operations is an actual time for provision of these services, and the value of taxable operations is the award (premium), which he shall obtain (obtained) from other party.

172.5. In operations of other person, implemented via the agent, specific of VAT calculation shall be defined as follows:

172.5.1. Value of taxable operations for persons implementing the lottery, shall be the amount remained after deduction of the amount of prize fund from the amount, received from sale of lotteries.

172.5.2. If in accordance with provisions of lottery the prize fund is completely or partially comprised of goods, the amount of VAT paid for goods, purchased for prize fund is not compensated.

172.5.3. The basis for taxation of parties providing tourist services on routes, starting from the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan to other countries (with exception of services, provided outside of the Republic of Azerbaijan), shall be the value of tourist services, and for persons (agents), providing tours, the value of services provided for their supply.

172.5.4. The basis of taxation for committent during sale of goods in commission shall be the value of goods, transferred to the commissioner (with deduction of commissions).

172.5.5. The electronic tax invoice of the commissioner, transferred by the committent, does not entitle the commissioner to pay the VAT amount.

172.5.6. The commissioner, independent whether the VAT is included in the value of commissioned goods, can not transfer the electronic tax invoice to the buyer of goods.

172.5.7. If the committent is non-resident, in accordance with Article 172.3 of this Code good sales operations are recognized as operations conducted by the agent, thus commissioner.

In this instance the taxation base for the commissioner shall be the amount of goods, sold under the commission, as well as value of services, provided to the commissioner. Amount of taxable operation of the commissioner ?” is the sale price (without VAT), established by the committent for goods, sold under the commission, and award (premium) for services, which was received from the committent for services provided.

For the commissioner the time of taxable operations shall be the time of provision to the purchasers (clients) of goods (works, services). In the event of transfer of goods (works, services) in batches (parts) the time of taxable operations is established for each batch.

If the commissioner has paid to the customs authorities the VAT for imported goods, documents verifying the implementation of this obligation shall entitle the commissioner, who is the VAT payer to compensate the price of this VAT. If the commissioner is a taxpayer, goods, provided under the commission shall be subject to VAT on general basis.

If goods imported under the commission were not sold by the commissioner, who is the payer of VAT, and by the assignment of committent completely or partially transferred to other person on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the amount for the unsold part of goods from the amount paid to customs authorities for VAT, shall be paid by the commissioner to the budget.

172.5.8. During implementation of taxable operations, performed by other person via agent, transfer of VAT to the budget, compensation of VAT during the determination of payments to the budget and application of electronic tax invoices, with consideration of provisions of this Article shall be defined on general basis in accordance with this Code.

172.6. I f persons, who are subject to VAT except operations specified in this Article perform any other operations, registration of such additional operations shall be performed separately.

Article 173. VAT rate

173.1. VAT shall be 18 percent of each taxable operation and taxable import.

173.2. The taxable turnover shall be the total value of taxable operations during an accounting period.

Article 174. VAT on taxable turnover payable to the budget

174.1. The sum of VAT payable to the budget in respect of taxable turnover in accordance with Article 166 of this Code shall be determined as the difference between the sum of tax charged in accordance with article 173.1. of this Code on the taxable turnover and the sum of tax creditable under Article 175 of this Code.

174.2. In the event that VAT payable under Article 163 of this Code exceeds the VAT indicated in taxpayer’s tax returns, the difference shall be considered a VAT payable during the accounting period in which cases stipulated in Article 163.1. of this Code and shall be added to the tax amount payable in the accounting period pursuant to Article 174.1. of this Code.

Article 175. VAT creditable in the determination of payments to the budget

175.1. Subject to the provisions of this Article, the amount of tax paid to the deposit account of VAT as per payments and operations performed within such account made by cashless transfer (with exception of payments made in cash to the bank account of the provider of goods, works and services) on invoices issued to taxpayer shall be considered the amount of credited VAT and in this case the time for imposing tax on the following operations shall be taken into account:

175.1.1. on operations involving supply of goods, performance of works and provision of services which are considered operations conducted during an accounting period pursuant to Article 176 of this Code;

175.1.2. on import of goods during an accounting period pursuant to Article 170 of this Code.

175.1.3. if in accordance with invoice issued to the taxpayer two or more payments have been made, each payment shall be considered as performed for separate operations at the value of payment. The amount of VAT shall be paid for in accordance with procedure set by this Code and the relevant executive authority not later then on the day of payment of the value of goods (works and services), purchased by electronic tax invoice, issued to the taxpayer. If in this two or more payments are made of the value of goods (works and services), the amount of VAT shall be paid via VAT deposit account in accordance with amount of payment made.

When the cost for goods, works and services is not included in the production expenditures, for the use of such goods, works and services for commercial purposes provisions of articles 175.1., 175.1.1., and 175.1.2. of this Code shall be applied.

175.2. The amount of VAT paid by cashless transfer by VAT deposit account (with exception of payments made in cash to the bank account of the provider of goods, works and services) by the taxpayer on invoices submitted for taxable operations, which are partially used for entrepreneur services and other part for other purposes, as well as on the import of goods compensating the amount of VAT determined by the weight of goods(works, services) used for entrepreneurial activity.

175.3. No VAT compensation shall be made for costs stipulated in article 109.3. of this Code, with the exception of specified in article 109.4. of this Code.

175.4. In the case where taxpayer carries out taxable operations and operations exempt from tax pursuant to Article 164 of this Code, the amount allowed as a VAT credit shall be determined on the basis of the proportion between the taxable and total turnover.

175.5. If under circumstances indicated in Article 163 of this Code the amount of VAT to be paid to the budget is not indicated correctly, the amount of VAT to be paid to the budget shall be indicated in the declaration, provided by the taxpayer for reporting period, in which such circumstances have occurred.

175.6. In cases when goods (works, services) are bought by the persons carrying out operations, exempted from VAT or not liable to VAT, the amount of VAT paid in an order stipulated by this Article, is not liable to compensation. Except forsubsidiesunder Article1.1.17of the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On Budget System", when purchasing goods(works, services) at the expense of public investment(investment costs) according to various sourcesfrom the state budget, the paid VAT amount is not refundable.

175.7. Operations, as per which VAT is deducted at Zero (0) rate, are considered the operations liable to VAT, and VAT amount, paid by cashless transfer by VAT deposit account (with exception of payments made in cash to the bank account of the provider of goods, works and services) when buying goods (works, services) by the persons, carrying out such operations are to be compensated according to the provisions of this Code.

175.8. The amount of VAT should be transferred to VAT deposit account by VAT payers, as well as non-registered for VAT purposes legal entities and budget organizations, with more than 50 percent of state ownership, according to electronic tax invoices issued to them on the acquisition of goods, services (works), as well as by persons, who purchased the residential and non-residential premises from the persons engaged in construction of buildings. Rules for maintenance of the VAT deposit account, VAT movements, compensation for VAT with operations performed on this account and their payments to state budget shall be set by the relevant executive authorities.

Article 176. Electronic tax invoices

176.1. Subject to the provisions of article 176.4. of this Code, a person registered as VAT payer and conducting a taxable operation shall be obliged to issue a electronic tax invoice to the person receiving goods, works and services. A person who is not registered for VAT has no right to issue a electronic tax invoice.

176.2. A electronic tax invoice being a form of strict reporting, drawn up on the pro-forma determined by the relevant executive authorities and contain the following information:

176.2.1. last name, initials or name of taxpayer and purchaser (customer);

176.2.2. identification number of taxpayer and purchaser (customer);

176.2.3. name of the goods supplied, works performed and services rendered;

176.2.4. amount of the payment for the taxable operation, as well as volume of the taxable operation;

176.2.5. excise amount on excise goods;

176.2.6. tax amount payable on the given taxable operation;

176.2.7. date of issuing the electronic tax invoice;

176.2.8. number of the electronic tax invoice;

176.2.9. name of the tax authority that issued the registration notification of the taxpayer registered for VAT purposes, date of issuance and number of notification;

176.2.10. position, full name of the executive who signed the invoice.

176.3. Taxpayer shall be obliged to draw up and issue to purchaser of the goods (works or services) a electronic tax invoice upon delivery or not later than 5 days after the delivery thereof.

176.3-1. Terms of application, registration and use of electronic tax invoices shall be established by relevant executive authority.

176.4. In the case of the supply of goods, performance of works or provision of services at retail to purchasers (customers) that are not VAT payers, a cash receipt or a simplified form of invoice prescribed by the relevant executive authorities may be used instead of a electronic tax invoice. Receipts, checks that were not ordered, printed and developed in accordance with established procedures, electronic tax invoice, registration documents for cash operations can not be used as basis for tax compensation for the purposes of Article 175 of this Code and independent of provisions of other articles of this Code the payment made shall be considered invalid.

176.5. Import documents provided by customs authorities and confirming the payment of import tax independent of form of payment shall provide the basis for tax compensation for the purposes of Article 175 of this Code.

Article 177. Filing of tax returns and payment of VAT

177.1. Each VAT payer shall be required:

177.1.1. to file a VAT return with a tax agency for each accounting period;

177.1.2. to pay tax for every accounting period within the term established for the filing of VAT.

177.2. A tax return shall be submitted for each accounting period not later than the 20th day of the month following the accounting period.

In case of liquidation of a legal person-taxpayer or if activity of a physical person engaged in business undertakings without having established a legal person is terminated, a VAT declaration should be submitted to the tax authority within 30 days provided that it is not later than the term provided by this Code. In this case, tax period shall cover the period from the beginning of a term considered as accounting period till the date when the taxpayer stopped his activity.

177.3. Articles 177.1 and 177.2 of this Code shall not apply to persons who are taxpayers only on the import of goods pursuant to Article 154.3. of this Code.

177.4. VAT on taxable import shall be calculated and collected by customs agencies in the manner established for the payment of customs duties pursuant to this Code and customs legislation.

177.5. During the registration for previous dates in accordance with article 157.3.3. of this Code the taxpayer shall be obliged to pay VAT from taxable operations from the moment the registration had entered into force and shall hold the right to for compensation of tax amounts in accordance with procedure established by taxpayers. These operations shall be deemed as implemented within the month in which the declaration was submitted. In such event the taxpayer shall hold the right to submit VAT electronic tax invoices for operations that were reflected in declaration.

177.6. VAT shall be paid to the state budget.

Article 178. VAT accounting period

A VAT accounting period shall be a calendar month.

Article 179. Relations with the budget when the amount of creditable tax exceeds the amount of calculated tax

179.1. With respect to taxpayer whose taxable turnover taxed at a zero rate is at least 50% - the credited tax amount which exceeds the calculated tax amount in the accounting period shall be returned by the State tax agency within 45 days after the receipt of taxpayer’s application.

179.2. With respect to other taxpayers ?” the credited tax amount that exceeds the calculated tax amount in the accounting period shall be carried forward to the following 3 months and credited against the payments of that period. Any balance of the excess payment shall be refunded from the treasury within 45 days after filing a tax return for that period.

179.3. In any case when certain amounts are refunded to taxpayer erroneously, the tax agency may demand the return of such amounts according to the procedure established for the collection of tax.

Article 180. Liability of Taxpayers and Supervision by Tax Authorities

180.1. Taxpayers and their officials shall be liable for calculating the VAT correctly and paying it to the Treasury in a timely manner. They shall also be liable for filing tax returns with tax authorities within the established term, pursuant to the tax legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan or, in the event VAT collection is vested in customs authorities, pursuant to customs legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

180.2. Administration and supervision with respect to tax collection shall be carried out by State taxation and customs authorities, within the power vested in them, in accordance with this Code and customs legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 181. Refund of VAT in the case of a free grant

181.1. A person who receives goods or benefits from work or services provided free of charge by an international organization, foreign legal entity or physical person pursuant to international or intergovernmental agreements to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is a party, shall be entitled to a refund of the VAT paid on said goods, work or services, within 45 days upon submitting electronic tax invoices to tax authorities.

181.2. The refund shall be made only if the request for the refund is filed before the end of the month following the month in which the taxable operation or the taxable import takes place.

Note: If as of 1 January 2003, the total amount of taxable operations of the taxpayer does not exceed 5000-fold size of non-taxable amount of monthly income for the previous 12 full calendar months, the taxpayer within 45 days can apply for revocation of registration for VAT, except for cases stipulated by the Article 158.1 of the Tax Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Cancellation of registration for VAT purposes shall be carrying out in accordance with the second sentence of Article 158.2 and 158.3 of the Tax Code.

If the tax declarations submitted after the date of entry into force of the law „– 383 (1 January 2003) cover the activity relating to the period prior to January 1, 2003, then tax rates in effect during this period shall be applied.

If electronic electronic tax invoices for transactions undertaken by the taxpayer in cash before January 1, 2003 and subject to VAT are reflected in the declarations submitted to the tax authorities within the set deadline for the period in which these operations were carried out, they give rise to a tax reimbursement.

Chapter XII. Excise taxes

Article 182. Concept of excise

182.1. Excise shall be an indirect tax included in the sale price of excise goods.

182.2. Excise goods produced in or imported into the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be subject to excise tax, except for goods that are exempt form tax.

Article 183. Taxpayers

183.1. Unless otherwise provided for in this Chapter, all legal or physical persons engaged in the production of excise goods in the Republic of Azerbaijan, or importation of such goods into the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as residents of the Republic of Azerbaijan involved in the production of excise goods directly or via contractor outside of the territory of Azerbaijan, who are not registered as taxpayers at the manufacturing location of such goods, shall be payers of excise tax.

183.2. With respect to goods produced from raw materials delivered by customer, manufacturers (contractors) of goods shall be considered as excise taxpayers. In such case the manufacturer (contractor) holds the right to request the compensation for the amount of excise from the customer.

183.3. If the manufacturer of the excise goods and the customer are the resident interdependent persons, then the owner of the goods (the customer) is payer of excise taxes.

Article 184. Taxable base

184.1. The taxable base shall be the following:

184.1.1. release of excise goods produced in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan outside the boundaries of the building they were produced;

184.1.2. with respect to imported goods - a taxable operation shall include an import of excise goods pursuant to the customs legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

184.2. For the purposes of this article the production facilities shall stores, secondary storage areas and other similar premises.

Article 185. Amount of taxable operation

185.1. With respect to oil productsand tobacco products produced in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the amount of the taxable consideration shall be determined (excluding the VAT, road tax and excise amounts) on the basis of the compensation (including barter) received, or receivable, by the taxpayer from a customer or any other person, the amount of such compensation being not less than the wholesale market price of the relevant goods. Taxable operation for other goods with excise tax produced in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be considered as the amount of goods produced.

185.2. With respect to import goods (with exception of light vehicles, leisure and sports yachts and other floating transports stipulated for these purposesand also platinum, gold, jewellery and other domestic items made thereof, and processed, sorted, framed and fixed diamond), the amount of the taxable consideration shall be the customs value of the goods determined in accordance with the customs legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan (but not less than the wholesale market price, excluding the excise and VAT) plus the amount of duties and taxes payable on the import of goods into the Republic of Azerbaijan (excluding excise, road tax and VAT).

Taxable operation on light vehicles, leisure and sports yachts and other floating transports, specified for these purposes is their engine volumes.

Taxable operation on imported platinum shall be each gram of transaction platinum, for gold, jewellery and other domestic items made thereof shall be the amount of gold in a thousand weight unit, and for processed, sorted and fixed diamond shall be carat of a diamond.

185.3. Except for returnable containers, the price of the packaging shall be taken into consideration when determining the amount of the taxable consideration.

Article 186. Date of the taxable operation

186.1. With respect to goods produced in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the time of the taxable operation shall be the time when the goods are released outside the boundaries of the building they are produced.

186.2. With respect of the import of goods, the time of the taxable operation shall be the time when the import is effected in accordance with the customs legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 187. Taxation of export

Export of excise goods shall be taxed at a zero rate.

Article 188. Excise exemptions

188.1. The following shall be exempted from excise:

188.1.1. import of three liters of alcoholic beverage, 600 pieces of cigarettes, 20 grams of gold, jewellery and other domestic items thereof, and processed, sorted, framed and fixed 0.5 carat diamondby a physical person for personal consumption and, with respect to persons entering the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan by automobiles, one tank of fuel stipulated by the technical passport of the vehicle;

188.1.2. goods transported through the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan by transit;

188.1.3. temporary import of goods into the Republic of Azerbaijan, in cases envisaged by Articles 192 and 194 of the Customs Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

188.1.4. goods that are intended for re-export and secured under a pledge;

188.1.5. platinum, gold and processed, sorted, framed and fixed diamond being imported to add into the assets of the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan, gold being imported to add into the assets of the Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

188.2. Exemptions from excise provided in Article 188.1. of this Code shall apply only if the conditions for the exemption from customs duties are complied with. If, for the purposes of customs duties, goods imported are subject to the regime of the refund of the duty, or if the payment of the custom duty is required upon the violation of the conditions of the exemption, such regime shall be applied to the collection of excise taxes.

Article 189. Credit of excise for production needs

189.1. A person purchasing excise goods (raw materials) and using these goods for the production of other excise goods shall be entitled to a credit in the amount of the excise paid on the purchase of the raw materials or to a refund of the excise amount.

189.2. A credit or refund of excise according to this Article shall be allowed provided that the producer of the raw materials submits a supportingelectronic tax invoice or, when importing raw materials, relevant documents. The amount shall be returned to taxpayer within 45 days after the filing of a relevant document with tax authorities.

Article 190. Tax rates and the list of excise goods

190.1. Following goods shall be subject to excise tax:

Alcohol, beer and all types of alcoholic beverages;

Tobacco products;

Oil products;

Light vehicles (with exception of motor transport means for special purposes, equipped with special markings and equipment);

Leisure and sports yachts as well as other floating transports stipulated for these purposes;

Imported platinum, gold, jewellery and other items made thereof, processed, sorted, framed and fixed diamond.

190.2. The relevant executive authority shall determine rates of excise tax for excise goods imported into the Republic of Azerbaijan (with exception of light vehicles, leisure and sports yachts and other floating transports stipulated for these purposes and also platinum, gold, jewellery and other domestic items made thereof, processed, sorted, framed and fixed diamond).

190.3. To food alcohol, beer, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, imported to the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, following excise rates are applied:

190.3.1. food alcohol (including ethyl alcohol non-denatured with alcohol content of not less than 80 percent; ethyl alcohol non-denatured with alcohol content of less than 80 percent) - 2.0 manats for liter;

190.3.2. vodka, strong drinks and strong beverage materials, liqueurs and liqueur products - 2.0 manats per liter;

190.3.3. cognac and cognac products - 6.0 manats per liter;

190.3.4. sparkling wines - 2.5 manats per liter;

190.3.5. wine and vineyard materials - 0.1 manats per liter;

190.3.6. beer (with exception of non-alcoholic beer) and other beverages containing beer - 0.2 manats per liter;

190.3.7. cigars, cut-end cigars, and cigarillos (slim cigars ) - 10.0 manats for 1000 pcs.;

190.3.8. cigarettes made of tobacco and their substitutes - 4,0 manats for 1000 pcs.

190.4. Following excise duties shall apply to cars, recreation or sports type yachts and other floating facilities intended for these purposes being imported into the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as imported platinum, gold, jewellery and other domestic items made thereof, processed, sorted, framed and fixed diamond:

190.4.1. For cars, recreation or sports type yachts and other floating facilities intended for these purposes:

Description of tax subject

Excise duty

Cars:

 

- engine volume up to 2000 cubic centimetres

Per each cubic centimetre of the engine volume - 0.20 manats

- engine volume up to 3000 cubic centimetres

400 manats + 1.5 manats per each cubic centimetre of the engine volume’s part from 2001 to 3000 cubic centimetres

- engine volume up to 4000 cubic centimetres

1,900 manats + 4.0 manats per each cubic centimetre of the engine volume’s part from 3001 to 4000 cubic centimetres

- engine volume up to 5000 cubic centimetres

5,900 manats + 8.0 manats per each cubic centimetre of the engine volume’s part from 4001 to 5000 cubic centimetres

- engine volume over 5000 cubic centimetres

13,900 manats + 10.0 manats per each cubic centimetre of the engine volume’s part over 5000 cubic centimetres

Rest or sports type yachts and other floating facilities intended for these purposes

3 manats per each cubic centimetre of the engine volume

190.4.2. per each gram of imported platinum - 2.0 manats;

190.4.3. by the amount of gold in thousand weight units of imported jewellery and other domestic products made thereof:

190.4.3.1. if the amount of gold in a thousand weight units is 375 (three hundred seventy five), per each gram - 0.8 manats;

190.4.3.2. if the amount of gold in a thousand weight units is 500 (five hundred ), per each gram - 1.0 manats;

190.4.3.3. if the amount of gold in a thousand weight units is 585 (five hundred eighty five), per each gram - 1.2 manats;

190.4.3.4. if the amount of gold in a thousand weight units is 750 (seven hundred fifty), per each gram - 1.5 manats;

190.4.3.5. if the amount of gold in a thousand weight units is 958 (nine hundred fifty eight), per each gram - 1.8 manats;

190.4.3.6. if the amount of gold in a thousand weight units is 999 (nine hundred ninety nine), per each gram - 2.0 manats;

190.4.4. for each carat of processed, sorted, framed and fixed diamond imported being 200 manats (excise duty), shall be calculated as follows:

190.4.4.1. if the amount of one piece of diamond is less than 1 carat, excise duty shall be reduced pro rata the actual amount of the diamond;

190.4.4.2. if the amount of one piece of diamond is more than 1 carat, excise duty shall be calculated by applying the following factors to the multiplication of the excise duty to the diamond’s actual amount:

190.4.4.2.1. if 1 to 2 carats - 2.0;

190.4.4.2.2. if 2 to 3 carats - 3.,0;

190.4.4.2.3. if 3 to 4 carats - 4.0;

190.4.4.2.4. if 4 to 5 carats - 5.0;

190.4.4.2.5. if over 5 carats - 10.0.

190.5. Excise rates on petroleum materials, light vehicles, leisure and sports yachts and other floating transports stipulated for these purposes produced in the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be established by the relevant executive authority.

Article 191. Accounting period and payment of excise

191.1. The accounting period for excise shall be determined on the basis of calendar month. With respect to the production of goods - when carrying out taxable operations during each accounting period excise shall be paid no later than 20th of the month following the accounting month.

191.2. If a taxpayer has fallen into arrears on excise tax for any period, the excise tax shall, starting from the time that the arrears started until the time of settlement, be paid when carrying out the taxable transaction. Moreover, the taxpayer shall not have the right to remove the goods out of the building where the goods are produced before said excise tax is paid on such goods.

191.3. When excise goods are imported excise shall be collected under the procedure established for the collection of customs duties.

191.4. Excise shall be paid to the state budget.

Article 192. Filing of returns

192.1. In the cases stipulated in Article 191.1. of this Code, taxpayer shall be required to file a tax return according to the procedure established by the relevant central executive authorities within the term determined for the payment of the tax, such return indicating taxable operation during each accounting period.

In case of liquidation of a legal person-taxpayer or if activity of a physical person engaged in business undertakings without having established a legal person is terminated, an excise tax declaration should be submitted to the tax authority within 30 days provided that it is not later than the term provided by this Code. In this case, tax period shall cover the period from the beginning of a term considered as accounting period till the date when the taxpayer stopped his activity.

192.2. Excise taxpayer shall submit an application for a credit mentioned in Article 189 of this Code together with the tax return.

Article 193. Refund of excise during re-export

193.1. With respect to imported goods intended for further re-export, excise shall be paid upon the import of the goods and be subsequently refunded, in the amount corresponding to the actual quantity of the re-export, from the customs authorities collecting that excise within 15 days.

193.2. Article 193.1. of this Code shall not apply to the import goods that are exempted from the collection under Article 188.1.4. of this Code.

Article 194. The tax control over excise goods

194.1. The procedure for affixing excise stamps to goods, as well as import goods, which are subject to excise under the established rate, shall be determined by the relevant executive authority. Import, storage (except for storage of goods of personal consumption) or sale of such excisable goods without a stamp shall be forbidden and shall involve the responsibility envisaged by the legislation. State tax authorities shall be required to confiscate, in the manner established by legislation, goods to be so stamped which are sold without an excise stamp.

194.1-1. Terms of the regulation of turnover of excisable commodities in the Republic of Azerbaijan, shall be established by the relevant executive authority and a person who violates the requirements of these regulations shall be liable in cases stipulated by the Code of Administrative Offences and the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

194.2. Tax authorities shall be entitled to prevent the export (issuance) of excise goods outside of production boundaries without registration, marking and payment of excise in case stipulated by Article 191.2. of this Code, in accordance with procedure established via installation of control posts, measurement devices and putting a seals in appropriate premises and stores (except for personal premises), in case of establishment by taxpayers of violation of requirements provided by this Code, of taxpayers that produce excise goods to be stamped, as well as other measures.

194.2.1. Control posts are established by the decision of relevant executive authority and shall be equipped with telephone and other required equipment at access and exit gates of production sites of taxpayers engaged in production of goods subject to excise.

194.2.2. In establishment of control posts the inspection of technical integrity, compliance with process equipment standards, instrumentation and laboratory devices of taxpayers manufacturing products subject to excise, their sealing shall be implemented by relevant executive authority.

194.2.3. Employees of control posts provide the inventory of remaining excise marks, seal instrumentation on production measurement, raw material and final product stores, process equipment at production sites, as well as marking during the sell of products subject to marking, with review of initial support documentation (receipt, bill of lading, electronic tax invoice etc.), control their transportation from production sites, transfer of final product to store and issuance to customers, compliance with marking application rules.

194.2.4. Sealing of instrumentation on volumes of production, raw material and final products stores, process equipment at production sites shall be implemented by employees of control posts together with manufacturer’s representative and performance of relevant records in accordance with forms approved by tax authority, including the records of instrumentation on volumes of production at the day end, break between the shifts, as well as in the event of suspension of validity of licenses or their cancellation, absence of excise marks for marking of final products, absence of raw materials, support and packaging materials, as well as in the event of long-term stand-by of equipment for technical reasons.

194.2.5. Shutting of production capacities in the event of suspension of production shall be performed by sealing of process lines and equipment at places to make their use impossible.

194.2.6. Sealing and removal of seals shall be documented by the relevant act with participation of control post employees and manufacturer representative.

194.2.7. If during the commencement of the operations control post employees are absent, seals can be removed by responsible employees of the manufacturer informing the tax authority, and relevant protocols shall be made with indication of reasons and date.

194.2.8. Employees of control posts shall check the conformance of quantities, volumes, weights specified in documents issued for sells of products with their actual numbers, volumes and weights and indicators in documents shall be registered in dedicated logs. Upon this the employees of control posts on initial confirmation documents of goods (receipts, bills of lading, electronic tax invoice etc.) shall authorize the issuance.

194.2.9. In the event of changes to indicators of instrumentation, damage to seals on process equipment within the period between application of the seal and its removal, found deviations in marking of production by excise marks, as well as delivery of final products outside of the production site with violation of Article 191.2 of this Code employees of control post shall develop the relevant protocol and immediately inform the tax authority.

194.3. Rules for control of excise goods to be marked in accordance with Article 194.2 of this Code shall be established by the relevant executive authority.

Article 195. Electronic tax invoices

195.1. Subject to the provisions Article 195.3. of this Code, taxpayers supplying excisable goods shall write out and issue electronic tax invoices to the receivers of the goods in accordance with the existing instructions.

195.2. A electronic tax invoice shall be an invoice drawn up in the pro-forma established by the relevant central executive authorities and reflecting such information as stipulated in Article 176.2. of this Code.

195.3. When goods are supplied on a retail basis simplified invoices may be used instead of electronic tax invoices.Receipts, checks, unduly drafted electronic taxinvoices, documents, issued for cashtransactions,can not serve asthe basis forreimbursementof excise dutyfor purposes of Article189 of thisCode,and regardless of theprovisions contained inother articles of thisCode.made reimbursement is recognizedas invalid.

Chapter XIII. Property Tax

Article 196. Taxpayers

The payers of property tax are the physical persons and enterprises specified in article 197 of this Code being the objects of taxation.

Article 197. Taxable base

197.1. Following shall be a taxable base:

197.1.1. The value of buildings and their parts (hereinafter referred to as buildings) as personal property of resident or non-resident physical person in the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as value of automobiles and moving equipment (hereinafter referred to as transport means), any water and air transport facility owned by a physical person, irrespective of where they are located and whether or not they are used;

197.1.2. transport means on the balance of enterprises;

197.1.3. average annual value of fixed assets on the balance of enterprises;

197.1.4. for enterprises-non-residents, carrying out the business activity by permanent representation in the Republic of Azerbaijan, - only the average annual value of fixed assets connected with permanent representation.

197.2. The value of the assets that constitute a taxable base and are accumulated by enterprises for carrying out a joint activity without creating a legal entity shall be included in the tax return for the purpose of taxation by the joint activity participants consolidating such assets. The value of the fixed assets created (acquired) as a result of the joint activity shall be included in the tax return in accordance with the participating shares in the property determined under contract by the joint activity participants.

Article 198. Tax rates

198.1. Physical persons shall pay the property tax in following order and at following rates:

198.1.1. from each square meter of building area in their ownership (as regards residential premises - the part exceeding 30 square meters), the rates specified in the following table shall apply (if the building is located in Baku, then using coefficients of not less than 0.7 and not more than 1.5 to these rates, established by the relevant executive authority):

Areas

Residential and non-residential premises, privately owned by the individuals (in manats)

Baku

0,4

Gyanja, Sumgait cities and Absheron region

0,3

Other cities (except of regional subordination towns), regional centers

0,2

Cities, towns and villages of regional subordination (except of settlements and villages of Baku and Sumgait cities, as well as Absheron region)

0,1

 

198.1.2. for water and air transport facilities:

198.1.2.1. 0.02 manat per 1 cub. sm. of the water transport facility’s engine;

198.1.2.2. 0.02 manat per 1 cub. sm. of the air transport facility’s engine;

198.1.2.3. 1% of the market value for water and air transport facilities without engines.

198.2. Enterprises shall pay tax at the rate of 1% of the value of the fixed assets determined under Article 202 of this Code.

198.3. Natural persons and enterprises shall pay the property tax for automobile transport facilities for the engine volume of such facilities (for 1 cub.sm) at following rates.

Taxable facility

In percentages of conventional financial unit

Light vehicles

0.2

Buses and cargo vehicles

0.4

 

198.4. Tax rates indicated in articles 198.1. and 198.2. of this Code shall be applied to the residual value of property.

Article 199. Tax privileges and exemptions

199.1. Budget-funded institutions and organizations, state power and governing bodies, the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan and its offices, financial market supervisory body, state funds and public entities for disabled people, children with limited levels of health;

199.2. Buildings of art workshops or parts of buildings where such workshops are located that belong to natural persons involved in entrepreneurial activity without establishing the legal entity on craft production of copper, tin and pottery products, house appliances, gardening instruments, national music instruments, toys, souvenirs, house appliances made of reeds and cane, involved in embroidery and production of house appliances from wood shall not be taxed;

199.3. The amount of property tax that shall be paid by persons indicated in article 102.2 of this Code, as well as people on pension or obligatory military service, their family members for the period of such service shall be reduced for the amount of 30 manats, with exception of cases of their leasing, rent or use for entrepreneurial or other commercial activity.

199.4. For the purposes of taxation the value of enterprise property shall be reduced for the amount of value of following facilities:

199.4.1. facilities used for the purposes of environment, fire protection and civil defense;

199.4.2. product lines, railways and motorways, communication and power lines, melioration and watering facilities, satellites and other space objects;

199.4.3. mechanical transport means;

199.4.4. facilities of enterprises involved in education, health, culture and sports that used only for the purposes of such areas of activity;

199.4.5. fixed assets, amortized in accordance with Article 114.3.2. of this Code.

199.5. Trolley buses and tramps used for the transportation of passengers in cities shall be exempted from property tax.

199.6. The amount of property tax that shall be paid for automobile transport means of persons indicated in article 102.2. of this Code shall be reduced for 10 times of conventional financial unit.

199.7. Legal entities andindividuals engaged inentrepreneurial activities withoutforming a legal entity,being a residentof industrialor technology parkscreated inaccordance with the decisionof the relevant executiveauthoritiesare exempt fromtax on property inthe industrial ortechnology parksfor 7years fromthe reporting yearof registration inthe industrialortechnology park in accordance with the law.

199.8. Management company oroperatorof industrial ortechnological parks, established in accordance with the decision ofthe relevant bodyof executive powerare exemptfrom paying taxes onproperty locatedin theindustrial or technology parks.

199.9. Legal and natural personsengaged in the productionof agricultural products(includingby industrial process) are exempt fromproperty taxforproperty usedin the process ofthis activity within a 5-yearperiodbeginning from 1 January2014.

199.10. Amount of the property tax on water transport facilities being in the company’s records and used for the transportation of passengers and goods shall be reduced by 25 per cent.

199.11. The relevant property of the legal persons and individual entrepreneurs who have received investment promotion certificate are exempt from property tax within 7 years by the receipt date of that document. 

 

Article 200. Procedure for the calculation and payment of the property tax of physical persons

200.1. The property tax shall be calculated on a buildingsaccording toeach square meter of the property area.

For premises owned by natural persons, the property tax shall be calculated by the municipality of the area at which they are located.

200.2. Property tax on a building that has several owners shall be calculated, in accordance with the area of each owner in that building, on the basis of procedure established in Article 200.1. of this Code.

200.3. Tax authorities shall calculate tax on water and air transport facilities, as of January 1 of each year, on the basis of the relevant information submitted by authorities registering such facilities. In the absence of such registration the owner of this property each year before January 1 shall provide to relevant authorities documents that include all necessary data (year of manufacturing, price at the moment of purchasing and technical characteristics) on all water and air transport owned.

Tax on a water or air transport facility that has several owners shall be collected from the person who has registered such facility under his own name.

200.4. Municipalities shall submit tax payment notifications to taxpayers not later than August 1.

200.5. The annual tax amounts shall be paid, in equal portions, before September 15 and before November 15. If property tax was not paid by the previous owner of property it shall be paid by new owner within timeframes stipulated by this Article.

200.6. The tax on the property of natural persons shall be paid into local (municipal) budget.

200.7. The property tax on automobile transport means shall be paid on the date of their registration, re-registration or implementation of annual technical inspection. In the absence of documents, confirming the tax payment, registration, re-registration and technical inspection shall not be conducted.

Article 201. Calculation and payment of the property tax of enterprises

201.1. The average annual value of the property of enterprises shall, for taxation purposes, be determined pursuant to Article 202 of this Code.

201.1.1. If the property of the enterprise is insured for an amount exceeding its depreciated cost, property tax is calculated using property tax rates established under Article 14.3.4 of this Code. If the value of the insured property is set taking into account the market price, then the provisions of Article 202 of this Code are applied.

201.2. The tax period on property tax shall be established as calendar year.

201.3. Property taxpayers shall pay 20 percent of annual tax amount not later than 15 of the second month of each quarter.

Legal persons, who were not the payers of property tax in previous accounting year, who are the payers of such tax in the following year, as well as newly established and payers of property tax, no later than by 15 of the second month of each end of quarter, in which the property was purchased, shall make the current tax payments at the rate of 20 percent of the annual amount of property tax, which shall be subject to calculated for such property.

Current tax payments on property tax are applicable to tax amount, withheld from the taxpayer for the tax year.

201.4. The amount of tax that shall be paid to the state budget for accounting period shall be determined with increasing value from the start of year with consideration of previous payments.

In the event of failure to pay current taxes within timeframe established under Article 201.3 of this Code, for each day of delay of the tax payment the interest shall be charged to taxpayer in accordance with procedures specified in Article 59 of this Code.

Current tax payment on property tax upon expiry of reporting year shall be recalculated and if the amount of current tax is higher than the tax amount in the report, the exceeded amount of current tax and relevant amount of interest shall be reduced.

201.5. Enterprise shall submit to the tax authority the annual declaration on property tax no later than March 31 of the year following the reporting year.

A taxpayer-legal person shall, within 30 days from the date of adoption of decision on its liquidation, and in case when such date is not mentioned for a permanent representative office of a non-resident, from the date of legalization of such decision at representatives of the Republic of Azerbaijan in foreign countries (at consular offices of other countries representing interests of the Republic of Azerbaijan), submit property tax declaration to tax authority, and in this case accounting period shall cover the period from the beginning of the tax year till the date when the business activity of the taxpayer was terminated

201.6. Taxes on annual return shall be paid before the submission deadline for such returns. The amount of calculated tax shall be deducted from income, which shall not be limited by Article 199 of this Code.

201.7. The property tax of enterprises shall be paid into the state budget.

201.8. The property tax payment by enterprises for automobile transport means shall be made to the state budget at the date established for their registration, re-registration or technical inspection. If tax is not paid in timely manner the interest shall be charged pursuant to the provisions of this Code.

In the absence of documents, confirming the tax payment, registration, re-registration and technical inspection shall not be conducted.

Article 202. Procedure for determining the average annual value of the property of an enterprise

202.0. For taxation purposes, the average annual value of an enterprise’s property (with exception of automobile transport means) shall be calculated in the following way:

202.0.1. The residual value of enterprise property (with exception of transport means) for the start (cost remained after deduction from the residual value, fixed by the end of the previous tax year, of depreciation cost calculated for this year) and end of reporting year shall be summed and divided by two. When calculating theaverage annual residual valueof the enterprise property, gainsarisingfrom the revaluationof fixed assets (equipment) (positive differenceresulting fromrevaluation)is not included.

202.0.2. If enterprise was established or became a taxpayer of assessed tax within a accounting year, the residual value of its property (with exception of automobile transport means) for the balance of the date of establishment or becoming liable to payment of assessed tax and the end of reporting period shall be summed, divided by 24 and multiplied by the number of month following the month when enterprise was establishedor became a taxpayer of assessed tax until the end of the year.

202.0.3. If enterprise is liquidated during the accounting year or is a simplified taxpayer, the residual value of its assets (excluding vehicles) by the beginning of the year and the date of liquidation or registration as a simplified taxpayer shall be summed, divided by 24 and multiplied by the number of months from the beginning of the year before the month of liquidation of the enterprise or registration as a simplified taxpayer.

Chapter XIV. Tax on land

Article 203. Tax on land

203.1. The land tax shall be calculated in the form of fixed payment for land area independent from the results of economic activity of land owners and users.

203.2. Resident and non-resident physical persons, as well as Azerbaijani and foreign enterprises, shall be registered after obtaining documents proving their right to own or use land plots. Natural persons and municipal enterprises shall be registered at municipalities, other enterprises- in the tax authority.

Article 204. Taxpayers

The payers of tax on land are the physical persons and enterprises who own or use land plots on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic.

Article 205. Taxable base

Land plots granted to the ownership or use of enterprises and physical persons pursuant to the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be objects of taxation.

Article 206. Tax rates

206.1. Land tax rates for agricultural land shall be 0.06 manat for 1 conventional point.

206.2. Conventional points shall be determined by the relevant executive authority with consideration of evaluation procedures depending on the purpose, geographical location and the quality of agricultural lands in administrative regions.

206.3. With the exception oflandprovided for in Article206.1of this Code, for every 100 square metersof land, the rates specified inthe following table shall apply:

Areas

Industrial, construction, transport, telecommunications, trade and housing servicing and other dedicated lands (in manats)

Lands of housing funds, agricultural lands and lands occupied by summer cottages of citizens (in manats)

up to 10000 м2

for part exceeding 10000 м2

up to 10000 м2

for part exceeding 10000 м2

Baku city, as well as its settlements and villages

10

20

0,6

1,2

Gyanja, Sumgait, Khyrdalan cities and settlements and villages of Absheron region

8

16

0,5

1,0

Other cities and regional centres

4

8

0,3

0,6

Cities of regional subordination, settlements and villages

2

4

0,1

0,2»

 

Article 207. Tax privileges

207.1. The following shall be exempt form the payment of tax on land:

207.1.1. commonly used land belonging to populated areas;

207.1.2. lands owned or used by government authorities and local management authorities, budget funded organizations, Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan and its structures, financial market supervisory body and also the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

207.1.3. land pertaining to the State, forest and water reserves which is not attracted to economic activity, as well as land located under the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea;

207.1.4. state border lines and lands designated for defense purposes.

207.2. The amount of tax for lands owned by persons stipulated in article 102.2. of this Code, shall be reduced by 10 manats.

207.3. Legal entities andindividuals engaged inentrepreneurial activities withoutforming a legal entity,being a residentof industrialor technology parkscreated inaccordance with the decisionof the relevant executiveauthoritiesare exempt fromtax on land inthe industrial ortechnology parksfor 7years fromthe reporting yearof registration inthe industrialortechnology park in accordance with the law.

207.4. Management company oroperatorof industrial ortechnology parks, established in accordance with the decision ofthe relevant bodyof executive powerare exemptfrom paying taxes onland using in theindustrial or technology parks.

207.5. The relevant land owned or used by the legal persons and individual entrepreneurs who have received investment promotion certificate are exempt from land tax within 7 years by the receipt date of that document. 

Article 208. Procedure for the calculation and payment of tax on land

208.1. The land tax shall be established on the basis of documents that confirm the right of ownership and use of lands. For lands with located structures and facilities as well as plots necessary for sanitary protection of facilities the land tax shall be paid.

208.2. Enterprises shall annually calculate tax on land on the basis of the sizes of the land spot and the tax rates, and submit such tax returns to tax authorities not later than May 15 of each year. The amount of land tax paid in such manner shall be included in deductions from income that shall not be limited by article 119 of this Code.

208.3. Relevant agencies shall calculate tax on land on physical persons annually before July 1 of and submit the payment notifications not later than August 1.

208.4. for land plots intended for placement of structures owned by the number of legal or natural persons, the tax shall be calculated separately, proportional to areas of structure owned by such parties.

208.5. Tax shall be paid, in equal portions, before August 15 and November 15. If the land tax was not paid by previous owner of the land, it shall be paid by the new owner of land plot by the date established in this Article.

208.6. Enterprises shall pay the tax on land to the state budget and natural persons to the local (municipal) budget.

208.7. Amount of land tax calculated for land used by natural persons for the purposes of entrepreneur activities as well as land owned by legal entities, shall be considered as deductions from profits, not limited by Article 119 of this Code.(21)

Chapter XV. Taxes to the Road

Article 209. Taxpayers

Non-resident persons being owners of motor transport facilities imported into the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and being used for transportation of passengers and goods from the same territory, as well as persons engaged in production or import of motor petrol, diesel fuel and liquid gas in the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be payers of the road tax.

Article 210. Taxable base

Transport facilities of a foreign country to be imposed the road tax while entering the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and leaving the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as motor petrol, diesel fuel and liquid gas produced on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and directed to domestic consumption (whole-sold) and imported into the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be subjects for imposition of the road tax.

Article 211. Road tax rates

211.1. Road tax for motor transport means of foreign states, entering of the Republic of Azerbaijan and leaving the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, is calculated dependent on the type, engine cubic capacity andlength of stayof vehicles in the territory ofthe Republic of Azerbaijan, number of seats, number of axles andthe total weightof the vehiclewith its cargo, distance on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, transportation of hazardous materials, as well as for motor petrol, diesel fuel and liquid gas produced on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and directed to domestic consumption (whole-sold) and imported into the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with following rates:

211.1.1. from motor transport means of foreign states, involved to road taxpayment on entry into theterritory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and theexit from the territoryof the Republic of Azerbaijan incases corresponding to Article211.1.1of this Code:

211.1.1.1.for motor cars, depending on engine cubic capacityand duration of presencein the territory ofthe Republic of Azerbaijan:

Period of presence on territory

With engine cubic capacity up to 2000 cc

With engine cubic capacity from 2000 to 4000 cc

With engine cubic capacity over 4000 cc

Up to 1 month

15 dollars USA

20 dollars USA

40 dollars USA

Up to 3 months

30 dollars USA

40 dollars USA

60 dollars USA

Up to 1 year

40 dollars USA

80 dollars USA

120 dollars USA

Over 1 year

40 dollars USA + 0,5 dollars USA for each day of stay over 1 year

80 dollars USA + 0,6 dollars USA for each day of stay over 1 year

120 dollars USA + 1,2 dollars USA for each day of stay over 1 year

 

211.1.1.2 For buses dependent on number of seats and period of presence on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic:

Period of presence on territory

With number of seats up to 12

With number of seats from 13 to 30

With number of seats from 31 and more

For 1 day

15 dollars USA

20 dollars USA

25 dollars USA

Up to 1 week

30 dollars USA

40 dollars USA

50 dollars USA

Up to 1 month

100 dollars USA

140 dollars USA

175 dollars USA

Up to 3 months

300 dollars USA

400 dollars USA

500 dollars USA

Up to 1 year

1050 dollars USA

1400 dollars USA

1750 dollars USA

Over 1 year

1050 dollars USA + 12 dollars USA for each day of stay over 1 year

1400 dollars USA + 15 dollars USA for each day of stay over 1 year

1750 dollars USA + 20 dollars USA for each day of stay over 1 year

 

211.1.1.3 for trucks, trailer transport means dependent on number of axis and period of presence on the territory of Azerbaijan Republic:

Period of presence on territory

Number of axis up to 4 (four)

Number of axis of 4 (four) or more

For 1 day

20 dollars USA

30 dollars USA

Up to 1 week

40 dollars USA

80 dollars USA

Up to 1 month

140 dollars USA

280 dollars USA

Up to 3 months

400 dollars USA

800 dollars USA

Up to 1 year

1400 dollars USA

2800 dollars USA

Over 1 year

1400 dollars USA + 15 dollars USA for each day of stay over 1 year

2800 dollars USA + 30 dollars USA for each day of stay over 1 year

 

211.1.1.4. The total amount of road tax for vehicles of foreign countries entering the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and staying in the country over the period specified in the declaration, to be paid according to the excessive time spent in the country at the exit from the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be calculated by deducting from the amount of road tax, calculated in accordance with Articles 211.1.1.1, 211.1.1.2 and 211.1.1.3 of this Code, of the amount of road tax, calculated at the entry into the country.

211.1.1.5. In cases when the exemption from road tax is stipulated for vehicles of foreign countries entering the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan with "Permissive" forms, exchange of which is produced within the framework of quotas under the current intergovernmental agreements on international road transport between Azerbaijan Republic and foreign countries, after 30 days from the moment of entry depending on the over-stay in the country, they are involved in road tax payment in accordance with Articles 211.1.1.2 and 211.1.1.3 of this Code.

211.1.2. The road tax for motor petrol, diesel fuel and liquid gas produced on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and directed to domestic consumption (whole-sold) and those imported into the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be calculated by adding 0.02 manats to the wholesale price (including VAT and excise tax) of each litre thereof. The road tax for imported motor petrol, diesel fuel and liquid gas shall be calculated by adding 0.02 manats to the customs value (including VAT and excise tax) of each litre thereof, that is not lower than the wholesale price of each litre thereof.

211.2. Tax, stipulated in Article 211.1.1.3 of this Code on the movement of heavy and oversized vehicles and transportation of cargo shall be paid at the following rates per 1 kilometer of the road in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

211.2.1. Total weight of a transport facility together with the cargo:

From 37 to 41 tons- $ 0.15 USA

From 41 to 51 tons- $ 0.30 USA

From 51 to 61 tons- $ 0.45 USA

From 61 to 71 tons- $ 0.60 USA

From 71 to 81 tons-$ 0.75 USA

more than 81 tons- $ 1.8 USA

211.2.2. If the weight of cargo per axle exceeds the limit allowed in accordance with the behind-the-axle distance, additional tax shall be imposed in the following manner:

up to 20% - $ 0.5 USA

from 21 to 50% - $1.0 USA

from 50 to 70% - $2.0 USA

211.3. The category of heavy and large-size vehicles

shall include vehicles whose weight with the cargo is more than 36 tons, cargo per axle is more than 10 tons,

multiple axle (2 and more) transport means, which: when the behind-the-axle distance is 1,61-2,5 meters cargo per axle is more than 9 tons, when the behind-the-axle distance is 1,31-1,6 meters cargo per axle is more than 8 tons, when the behind-the axle distance is 1-1,3 meters cargo per axle is more than 7 tons, when the distance behind the axle is 1 meter cargo per axle is more than 6 meters.

211.3. The tax amount specified in Article 211.1.1.3 of this Code for the transportation of dangerous cargo shall be increased as follows:

Period of presence on territory of the country

Number of axis up to 4

Number of axis up to 4 and more

for cargo involving little danger

for dangerous cargo

for cargo involving special danger

for cargo involving little danger

for dangerous cargo

for cargo involving special danger

for 1 day

20 US dollars

40 US dollars

80 US dollars

30 US dollars

60 US dollars

120 US dollars

up to 2 weeks

40 US dollars

80 US dollars

160 US dollars

80 US dollars

160 US dollars

320 US dollars

up to 1 month

140 US dollars

280 US dollars

560 US dollars

280 US dollars

560 US dollars

1120 US dollars

up to 3 months

400 US dollars

800 US dollars

1600 US dollars

800 US dollars

1600 US dollars

3200 US dollars

up to 1 year

1400 US dollars

2800 US dollars

5600 US dollars

2800 US dollars

5600 US dollars

11200 US dollars

over 1 year

1400 US dollars +15 US dollars for each day of stay over 1 year

2800 US dollars +30 US dollars for each day of stay over 1 year

5600 US dollars + 60 US dollars for each day of stay over 1 year

2800 US dollars +30 US dollars for each day of stay over 1 year

5600 US dollars +60 US dollars for each day of stay over 1 year

11200 US dollars +120 US dollars for each day of stay over 1 year

 

211.5. Depending on the time duration on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan the amount of tax calculated in accordance with articles 211.1.2., 211.1.3. and 211.4. of this Code for automobile transport means specified in articles 211.1.2. and 211.1.3. of this Code shall be increased for each day at following rates:

From 2 to 7 days- 20%;

From 7 to 30 days- 30%;

More than 30 days- 40%.

211.4. Control of the road tax calculated for motor petrol, diesel fuel and liquid gas produced on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and directed to domestic consumption (whole-sold) shall be effected by state tax authorities, and control of calculation and payment of the road tax for motor petrol, diesel fuel and liquid gas imported into the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be effected by customs authorities.

Article 212. Road tax deduction

212.1. Tax for motor transport means of foreign states, established in accordance with Article 211.1 of this Code, is deducted by customs authorities in the entrance of these motor transport means to the customs territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan andif involved toroad taxpayment when leaving the territory ofthe Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with Article211.1.1of this Code,and within one banking day is transferred to the state budget.

212.2. In the event of non-submission of documents, verifying the payment of annual road tax in accordance with procedures, specified in the Article 212.4 of this Code, registration, re-registration and technical check of motor transport by the relevant executive power authority, which implements the state registration of motor transport means, is not implemented.

212.3. Persons dealing with production of motor petrol, diesel fuel and liquid gas on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall calculate the road tax on a monthly basis and pay to the state budget not later than the 20th day of the following month, by submitting a road tax declaration on the form set by the relevant executive authority.

212.4. Natural persons, who own or use motor transport means on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, shall pay the annual road tax to the state budget during the technical check of automobiles.

212.5. Information on newly registered transport means or transport means the registration of which was cancelled, every quarter no later than by 20th of each month, following the reporting quarter, submitted to the relevant executive authority, which implements the state registration of motor transport, to the relevant executive authority in accordance with the form, determined by the relevant executive authority.

212.6. Trucks of foreign states, vehicles with trailers and semi-trailers are exempt from paying road tax in the manner determined by the relevant executive authority for a period of 3 (years) from June 1st 2016 in the following cases:

212.6.1. goods carried by rail to the territory of another country with handling the cargo on trucks, vehicles with trailers and semi-trailers of other countries in the last railway station, determined by the relevant executive authority of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

212.6.2. goods carried by trucks, vehicles with trailers and semi-trailers coming from other countries through the nearest customs checkpoint to the first railway station, determined by the relevant executive authority of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 213. Royalty (Mining Tax)

Royalty shall be paid with a view to rational use of subsurface resources in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and on the Caspian shelf.

Article 214. Taxpayers

Payers of royalty are the physical entities and enterprises extracting the minerals from subsurface strata of the earth on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan (including Caspian sea sector belonging to the Republic of Azerbaijan).

Article 215. Taxable Base

Minerals extracted from subsurface strata in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, including the portion of Caspian Sea belonging to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 216. Tax rates

216.1. Royalty is established dependent from the type of produced natural resources, with application to wholesale price, as follows:

Name of natural resources subject to royalty

Royalty rates (in percents)

Crude oil

26

Natural gas

20

Mining natural resources:

All types of metals

3

 

216.2. Royalty is calculated for each cubic meter dependent on the following types of produced natural resources at following rates:

Names of natural resources, subject to royalty tax

Royalty tax rates (in manats)

Non-metallic natural resources:

 

Zeolite

1,0

Barite

1,0

Sawn stone

2,0

Gravel

1,0

Clays for production of light fillers (claydite, nodulizer)

1,0

Bentonite clays

1,0

Brick and tile clays

1,0

Volcanic ash and pumice

1,0

Quartz sands

1,0

Construction sands

1,0

Cement stuff (limestone, marl-clay, volcano ash)

1,0

Mask stones (marble, gabbro, tuffs, travertine, marbled limestone)

1,0

Precious and semi precious jewelry stones

6,0

Salt

6,0

Iodine bromine mixed waters

0,04

Mineral waters

10,0

 

Article 217. Procedure for calculating tax, term for its payment and submission of the tax return

217.1. Tax on trade shall be calculated on minerals stipulated in Article 216.1 hereof- with application of the appropriate tax rates to the wholesale price of minerals mined from the subsurface of the earth, and on minerals stipulated in Article 216.2 hereof - with application of the appropriate tax rates to each cubic meter of minerals mined from the subsurface of the earth

217.2. Royalties shall be paid after the extraction of a product on a monthly basis on no later than 20th day of the month following the accounting month.

217.3. Payers of royalties shall submit tax returns on a monthly basis no later than the 20th day of the month following the accounting month, on the mining tax to the tax authorities, on taxes to be paid to local budgets- to municipalities.

217.4. The amount of tax calculated in accordance with procedures stipulated by this Article shall be considered as deductions not limited by Article 119 of this Code.

217.5. The mining tax (with exception of mining tax on construction materials of local importance) shall be paid to the state budget. The mining tax on construction materials of the local importance shall be paid to the local (municipal) budget.

Ceramide clays, mortar sand, raw materials from high-strength crushed stone are considered as the construction materials of local importance.

217.6. When calculating the mining tax in accordance with article 217.1. of this Code for the production of oil and gas, the volumes of oil and gas re-injected back to well due to the technological processes shall be deducted from the volumes of oil and gas produced in accordance with regulations established by relevant authorities of executive power.

Chapter XVII. Simplified tax

Article 218. Payers of Simplified Tax

218.1. Persons who have the right to become payers of simplified tax:

218.1.1. entities, who are not registered for VAT purposes in view of the provisions of Chapter XI of this Code and whose volume of taxable transactions in any month (months) during a consecutive period of 12 months does not exceed 200,000 manats;

218.1.2. entities, involved in trading and (or) public catering activities, whose volume of taxable transactions in any month (months) during a consecutive period of 12 months exceeds 200,000 manats;

218.1.3. entities involved in construction of buildings (legal or natural persons, who at the expense of their own or raised funds, by means of its own resources or through the involvement of the specialized professional customer or contractor, built the building to meet the individual (personal) needs of the population or for commercial purposes, and who are the owners of this building or completed structure).

218.2. A taxpayer who has the right to be the payer of the simplified tax (with exception of taxpayers, stipulated in Article 218.4 of this Code), no later than 20 April of each year, submits the respective declaration or written notice of the fact that he do not use the right noted in article 218.1 of this Code, to the tax authority, where he is registered. Unless otherwise is stipulated in this Code, the taxpayer is not entitled to change the chosen method until the end of the calendar year. If the taxpayer does not submit the declaration or written notice within the mentioned period, the tax authority will apply the method chosen by the taxpayer in the previous fiscal year. The taxpayer starting a new activity during year, applies the method, specified by him in the application for tax registration.

218.3. The person referred to in Article 218.1.3 of this Code, within 30 days from the start of construction and installation work is required to notify the relevant executive authority on the chosen method of taxation. In this case, the person is not entitled to change the chosen method of taxation until the completion of these construction and installation works.

218.4. Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 218.1 of this Code, the following persons are the payers of simplified tax:

218.4.1. persons engaged in the passengers and cargo transportation (including by taxi) in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan using their own motor vehicles or motor vehicles their in use (with the exception of international cargo and passenger transportation), or performing such transportation based on agreement through other persons;

218.4.2. persons who are the operators and sellers of sports gambling;

218.4.3. persons engaged in the provision of their own residential and non-residential premises (except in the case of the residential in which the individual has registered place of residence for at least five (5) years, and the provision in the cases provided for in Articles 102.1.3.2, 102.1.18, 106.1.16, 144.1.1 and 144.1.2 of this Code).

218.5. The following persons do not have the right to be simplified taxpayer:

218.5.1. entities, producing excisable goods;

218.5.2. credit and insurance organizations, investment funds, professional securities market participants, pawnshops;

218.5.3. non-governmental pension funds;

218.5.4. persons, receiving income from the lease of property and royalty,

218.5.5. natural monopoly subjects established by the relevant executive authority;

218.5.6. persons, with the depreciated value of fixed assets owned by them at the beginning of the year exceeding 1.000.000 manats (except persons specified in Articles 218.1.2, 218.1.3 and 218.4 of this Code).

Article 219. Subject of taxation

219.1. The gross volume of cash flow obtained for goods (works, services) and property provided by the taxpayer (with exception of taxpayers, stipulated under Article 218.4 of this Code) (with exception of taxpayers, engaged in activities stipulated under Article 218.2 of this Code), as well as non-sale incomes (excluding income fromwhich the taxwas withheld at the source of payment) within reporting period shall be subject to taxation.

219.2. Motor transports, owned or used by taxpayers, specified in Article 218.4.1 of this Code, are subject to taxation.

219.3. For those engaged in construction of buildings, the object of taxation is residential and non-residential building under construction, except for the part allocated to the state, including premises of detached private, individual residential and holiday homes, constructed for provision. For the purposes of this article, the total area of each floor of constructing building is subject to taxation.

219.3-1. With regard to the persons specified in Article 218.4.3 of this Code, the objects of taxation are residential and non-residential premises under their ownership, including residential and non-residential premises purchased from the persons engaged in construction of buildings.

219.4. For the operatorof sportsbetting games , the object of simplified taxationare fundsreceived fromparticipants of the competition, and for the sellerof sportsbetting games -commissionsgiven to himby the operator.

219.5. A legal entity, paying simplified tax, is not a payer of VAT, profit tax and property tax, and the physical person (including physical person, engaged in entrepreneurial activity without establishing a legal entity) - is not a payer of income tax and VAT.

219.6. Legal entities paying simplified taxes in accordance with Article 218.1.1.2 of this Code shall not be subject to profit tax as per such activityand property tax, and natural persons performing entrepreneur activities without formation of legal entity shall not be the payers of income tax for such operations.

219.7. Volumeof productionof agriculturalproducts(includingby industrial process) from the sale ofagricultural productsproduced by them,is not included inthe object of taxationunder the simplifiedtaxwithin 5-year period beginning from 1 January2014.

219.8. Nurseries,nursery-kindergartens, kindergartens, special kindergartensand children's homesare exempt fromthe simplified taxfor 10-yearperiod from1 January 2014.

Article 220. Simplified tax rate

220.1. The simplified tax (with exception of taxpayers engaged in activities, stipulated under Article 218.4 of this Code and specified in Article 218.1.2 of this Code) (with exception of taxpayers engaged in activities stipulated under Article 218.2 of this Code) shall be calculated from the amount of funds (gross volume of cash flow) obtained from provision of goods, implementation of words, rendering of services by the taxpayers and non-sale profits at following rates:

for Baku: 4 percent

for other regions and cities, Nakhichevan Autonomy Republic: 2 percent

220.1-1. The persons referred to in Article 218.1.2 of this Code, shall calculate the simplified tax on objects of taxation, established by Article 219.1 of this Code (except for the sales turnover of goods whose prices are regulated by the relevant executive authority), at the following rates:

220.1-1.1. trading activity - 6 percent;

220.1-1.2. public catering activity - 8 percent.

220.2. Taxpayers involved in activities stipulated under Article 218.2 of this Code shall pay the tax at the rate of 10 percent.

220.2. For taxpayers involved in activities in cities and regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan, with exception of Baku, including Nakhichevan Autonomy Republic, the tax rate established shall be applied only when taxpayers are engaged in activities on these territories using their own production facilities, property and labour.

220.3 Payers of simplified tax registered for taxation purposes in cities and regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in Nakhichevan Autonomy Republic, but engaged in activities in the city of Baku shall be subject for payment of simplified tax established for the city of Baku.

220.4. On profits established for various tax rates, control shall be conducted separately. The highest tax rate shall be applied in the event of failure to maintain such control.

220.5. Simplified tax for taxpayers engaged in passenger and cargo transportation by automobile transport, is determined as follows:

Type of transportation

Unit of measurement applied by simplified tax

Monthly amount of simplified tax (in manats)

Passenger transportation (with exception of taxis), by the number of seats:

1 seat

1.8

Passenger transportation by taxi

1 unit of transport

9.0

Cargo transportation

Load capacity (each 1 ton)

1.0

 

220.6. Simplified tax for taxpayers, implementing passenger and cargo transportation, dependent on the type and territory of operations, is determined with application to the amount of simplified tax, specified in Article 220.5 of this Code, of following rates:

220.6.1. in the city of Baku (including villages and districts) and between Baku and other settlements of the country - 2.0;

220.6.2. Absheron region, in the cities of Sumgayit, Gandja and between this region and cities and other settlements of the country (with exception of those specified in Article 220.6.1 of this Code) - 1.5;

220.6.3. In other cities and districts and between these cities and districts and other settlements (with exception of those specified in Articles 220.6.1 and 220.6.2 of this Code) - 1.0.

220.7. Number of seats in the automobile transports (with exception of taxis) or loading capacity, are determined by the registration certificate of the automobile transport.

If number of seats or load capacity of vehicles (with the exception of taxis) have not been mentioned on the registration certificates of the vehicles, such data shall be determined based on the certificates given to tax authorities by the appropriate executive authority. In the event that it was impossible to determine the number of seats on the basis of the registration certificate of the vehicle or according to the certificates given by the appropriate executive authority, then amount of the simplified tax shall be determined based on the actual number of seats.

220.8. Simplified tax is calculated in the order established by this article: in respect of entities engaged in activities for the construction of buildings in the amount of 45 manats for each square meter of taxable object, referred to in Article 219.3 of this Code; in respect of entities referred to in Article 218.4.3 of this Code in the amount of 15 manats for each square meter of taxable object referred to in Article 219.3-1 of this Code.

220.8.1. If the building is located in the city of Baku and its settlements and villages, then the following coefficients depending on zones (locations) established by the relevant executive authority shall be applied to the amount of simplified tax, determined in this Article:

Zones

Coefficient by territory where the building construction activities have actually been carried out
(actual location of the building)

1

4,0

2

3,0

3, 4

2,2

5, 6

1,8

7, 8, 9

1,5

10, 11, 12

1,2

 

220.8.2. if it is located in Gyandja, Sumgait and Khyrdalan cities then 1.5 coefficient is applied to the amount of the simplified tax established by this article;

220.8.3. if it is located in the settlements and villages of Absheron region (except for Khyrdalan city), in Shirvan, Mingachevir, Nakhchivan, Lankaran, Yevlakh, Sheki and Naftalan cities, then 1.2 coefficient is applied to the amount of the simplified tax established by this article;

220.8.4. if it is located in other areas (cities) and settlements (villages), then 0.5 coefficient is applied to the amount of the simplified tax established by this article.

220.8-1. Simplified tax on non-residential premises of the constructing building for those, involved in construction of buildings, as well as simplified tax for the provision of non-residential premises of the buildings for the persons referred to in Article 218.4.3 of this Code shall be calculated by applying a coefficient of 1.5 to the amount calculated under Article 220.8 of this Code.

220.9. Operator of sports bettinggames calculates thesimplified taxat the rate of6 percent of thefundsreceived from theparticipants in the game, and the seller of sportsgambling -at the rate of 4 percent of thecommissiongiven to himby the operator.

Article 221. Procedure for calculation of simplified tax, period of payment and submission of declaration.

221.1. The amount of simplified tax (with exception of taxpayers, stipulated under Article 218.4 of this Code) for the reporting period shall be calculated via application of tax rate stipulated under Article 220 of this Code to the gross volume of cash flow for reporting period.

221.2 Quarter shall be the reporting period for simplified tax regime.

221.3. Payers of simplified tax shall, no later than the 20th day of each month following the reporting period, submit to tax authorities the declaration on the amount of tax that shall be paid and make the tax payment to the state budget within same period.

In the event of thetaxpayer'sactivity termination, liquidation of the legalentity -taxpayer ortermination of individual entrepreneur's activity,the declarationshall be submitted to the tax authoritywithinthe period specifiedin this Code.In this case,the tax periodcovers the periodfrom thebeginning of the term, considered as accounting periodtill the day oftermination of thetaxpayer's activity, aswell as liquidation of the legalentity- taxpayer ortermination of individual entrepreneur's activity.

221.3.1. The entities referred toin Article218.4.2of this Code, calculate the simplified tax forthe reporting quarterinaccordance with Article220.9of this Code, and no later than the20th of the monthfollowing thatquarter, submit a declarationto the tax authoritiesin the form establishedby the relevant executiveauthorityand pay the taxto the state budget.

221.4. Simplified tax for passenger and cargo transportation by the automobile transport is calculated as follows:

221.4.1. Simplified tax for each automobile transportation of the taxpayer, engaged in passenger and cargo transportation, is calculated by multiplication of the applied unit of measurement of simplified tax, specified in Article 220.5 of this Code, to the monthly amount of simplified tax, specified in this Article, as well as on rates, specified in Article 220.6 of this Code, and transferred to state budget.

221.4.2. Taxpayers, specified in Article 218.4.1 of this Code, shall pay the simplified tax, calculated for the territory of actual implementation of passenger and cargo transportation in accordance with Articles 220.5 - 220.7 of this Code, independent of the place of registration of the automobile transport.

221.4.3. During implementation of passenger and cargo transportation by the automobile transport, used under the power of attorney or leasing agreement, the responsibility for the payment of simplified tax lays with persons, who perform the operations of automobile transport under the power of attorney or leasing agreement. In all other cases, the responsibility for payment of simplified tax lays on the owner of transport.

221.4.4. During implementation of passenger and cargo transportation by automobile transport, owned by legal entities, by the legal entity itself, the simplified tax shall be paid by this legal entity.

221.4.5. Taxpayers, engaged in passenger and cargo transportation by automobile transport, do not submit to tax authorities the declaration on their operations, unless otherwise is stipulated under this Code.

221.4.6. Control over accurate calculation and timely payment to the state budget of the simplified tax by taxpayers, engaged in passenger and cargo transportation, shall be implemented by the relevant executive authority.

221.4.7. Persons, implementing passenger and cargo transportation by automobile transport, shall by the end of calendar month obtain in the relevant executive authority for following month, quarter, half-year or year as per own wish for each transport the «Distinction Sign» issued no later than within two business days upon the taxpayer`s application in the form approved by the appropriate executive authority carrying out transportation policy.

To the application of taxpayer for obtaining of the «Distinction Sign» shall be attached the bank payment document, verifying the payment of simplified tax for this activity. In the bank payment document shall be specified the series and number of state registration license of automobile transport.

Legal persons and physical persons engaged in business undertakings without havingestablished a legal person dealing with transportation of passengers and cargo shall be given «a Distinction Sign» after they have fully paid the calculated tax amount to the State Budget. Taxes paid by persons dealing with transportation of passengers and cargo using vehicles shall neither be returned to them nor replaced with taxes for the next month, regardless of whether they were actually carried out such activities or not in that month.

In case of change of the owner or user of the vehicle, taxes paid for the next months by the previous owner or user for that vehicle shall be taken into consideration and official re-registration of the «Distinction sign» confirming payment of taxes shall not be required.

221.4.8. Forms of the «Distinction sign» and «Special distinction sign» shall be determined by the appropriate central executive authority carrying out the transportation policy, and shall contain the following information:

221.4.8.1. Full name of the taxpayer-legal person, or name, middle name and family name of the physical person;

221.4.8.2. Tax ID number ;

221.4.8.3. effectiveness period of the sign;

221.4.8.4. model of the vehicle and state registration sign;

221.4.8.5. number of seats or load capacity of the vehicle;

221.4.8.6. territory where the transportation is carried out;

221.4.8.7. amount of taxes paid.

221.4.9. Automobile transport used for transportation of employees and their luggage for provision of own operations by automobile transport, owned by the taxpayers, shall not be subject to simplified tax and for this transports the «Special Distinction Sign» is obtained.

«Special Distinction Sign» is issued by the relevant executive authority within five business days upon application of the taxpayer, having the automobile transport in possession. No payment is required for obtaining of «Special Distinction sign».

Taxpayers, who received the «Special Distinction Sign», during sales or transfer of automobile transport under leasing, as well as in the event of changes to its applications, not stipulated under this Article, no later than in one business day in advance shall return the «Special Distinction Sign» to the issuing authority.

221.4.10. Upon the registration of new transport means used for transportation of taxpayer’s employees and their luggage, owners of these automobile transport within five days shall submit the information to relevant executive authority in accordance with form, approved by the relevant executive authority.

221.4.11. Consideration of taxpayer incomes and expenditures, engaged, in addition to transportation of passengers and cargoes by automobile transport, other types of activities, shall be implemented separately for each types of activity.

221.4.12. Losses of the taxpayer, engaged in passenger and cargo transportation by automobile transport, shall not be assigned to profits from other entrepreneur activities.

221.4.13. «Distinction sign» or «Special distinction sign» shall not be received for special purpose vehicles equipped with a special sign or equipments (with the exception of such services rendered to them by other taxpayers within business activity), as well as vehicles intended for the official use of public authorities, budget organizations and local self-government bodies, Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan, foreign contractors and sub-contractors acting within production sharing, main export pipeline and other similar types of agreements, state funds, diplomatic and consular representatives of foreign countries, representatives of international organizations, and owners of such vehicles shall inform the appropriate executive authorities about such vehicles.

The appropriate executive authority shall inform the appropriate executive authority till the 10th day of the next month about the signs given during the previous month.

221.5. Persons engaged in construction of buildings, shall calculate the simplified tax for each construction site in the quarter, when civil and erection works has been commenced, as per article 220.8 of this Code, and no later than 20th of following month of the quarter shall submit the declaration to the tax authority in the form specified by relevant executive authority.

Taxpayers specified in Article 218.1.3 of this Code independent of their place of registration as taxpayers, shall pay the simplified tax for the territory where actual operations are taking place on building construction (place of location of construction site), defined as per Article 220.8 of this Code.

Upon submission to tax authority of the declaration specified under this Article, calculated tax is paid to state budget in equal portions at the rate of 10 percent no later than by 20th of the month following the quarter, until fulfillment of all obligations.

221.6. Persons, specified in Article 218.4 of this Code shall maintain the calculation of all profits and expenditures separately for each type of activity. Profits (losses) of these persons on these types of operations shall not be applicable to profits (losses) from other operations.

221.7. Entities, gaining income fromthe lease of propertyand royaltyengagedin other activities, in addition to mentioned, subject to the provisionsof Articles218.1, 218.2and 218.3 of this Code,may apply thesimplified taxon income earnedfrom other activities. In this case,accounting of incomeand expenses fromlease of property, royalties, and other activitiesshall be carried outseparately foreach activity.

Published in «Azerbaijan» newspaper (1 September, 2000, - 199)

Published in «Compiled Laws of Azerbaijan Republic» (31 August, 2000, - 8, book 1, article 583)


The list of documents that affect changes and updates to this Code

1. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / No 157-IIGD; 22 June, 2001

2. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / No 171-IIGD; 2 July, 2001

3. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / No 217-IIGD; 16 November, 2001

4. In compliance with the Decree of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan as of 8 April, 2002
"The period of limitation for calling to account for offence, connected with tax legislation, envisaged by the Tax Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be applied in an order stipulated by the Article 56 of the Tax Code and period of limitation to institute criminal proceedings for corpus delicti stipulated by the Article 213 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan respectively - in an order stipulated by the Article 75 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan" - "Azerbaijan" newspaper, 10 April, 2002, - 80.

5. In compliance with the Decree of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan as of 6 August, 2002
«When applying provisions of Articles 49.3 and 49.6 of Tax Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with violation of tax legislation, calling to account for similar act (action or inaction), stipulated by Tax Code or Code for Administrative Violations shall be performed only once. Provisions of the Article 49.6 of Tax Code shall be applied in cases when Tax Code stipulates responsibility for tax violations" - "Azerbaijan" newspaper, 9 August, 2002, - 180.

6. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 383-IIGD, dated 26 November, 2002 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 28 December, 2002, - 299.

7. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 485-IIGD, dated 30 June, 2003 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 6 August, 2003, - 178.

8. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 506-IIGD, dated 4 November, 2003 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 2 December, 2003, - 276.

9. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 519-IIGD, dated 28 November, 2003 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 31 January, 2004, - 24.

10. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 766-IIGD, dated 28 September, 2004 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 10 November, 2004, - 262.

11. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 792-IIGD, dated 3 December, 2004 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 5 January, 2005, - 2.

12. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 815-IIGD, dated 24 December, 2004 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 10 February, 2005, - 31.

13. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 943-IIGD, dated 24 June, 2005 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 11 August, 2005, - 184

14. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 1028-IIGD dated 21 October, 2005 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 17 December, 2005, - 292.

15. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 167-IIIGD dated 20 October, 2006 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 30 December, 2006, - 294.

16. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 196-IIIGD dated 15 December, 2006 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 30 December, 2006, - 294.

17. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 220-IIIGD dated 29 December, 2006 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 15 January, 2007, - 15.

18. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 392-IIIGD dated 16 June, 2007 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 30 June, 2007, - 141.

19. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 315-IIIGD dated 17 April, 2007 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 19 August, 2007, - 184.

20. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 430-IIIGD dated 9 October, 2007 - «Respublika» newspaper, 27 November, 2007, - 267 (This Law comes into force at the same day with the Administrative-Procedural Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan).

21. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 472-IIIGD dated 6 November, 2007 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 15 December, 2007, - 283.

22. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 648-IIIGD dated 13 June, 2008 - «Respublika» newspaper, 10 July, 2008, - 149.

23. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 699-IIIGD dated 2 October, 2008 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 16 November, 2008, - 257.

24. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 835-IIIGD dated 19 June, 2009 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 16 November, 2009, - 149.

25. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 42-IVGD dated 30 December, 2010 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 23 January, 2011, - 16.

26. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 117-IVGD dated 17 May, 2011 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 7 July, 2011, - 145.

27. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 161-IVGD dated 10 June, 2011 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 7 July, 2011, - 145.

28.Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 263-IVGD dated 06 December, 2011 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 22 December, 2011, - 283.

29. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 334-IVGD dated 20 April, 2012 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 6 June, 2012, - 123.

30. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 351-IVGD dated 1 May, 2012 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 8 June, 2012, - 125.

31. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 383-IVGD dated 12 June, 2012 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 12 July, 2012, - 152.

32. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 414-IVGD dated 29 June, 2012 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 8 September, 2012, - 200.

33. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 509-IVGD dated 29 December, 2012 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 30 December, 2012, - 293.

34. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 527-IVGD dated 28 December, 2012 - «Respublika» newspaper, 6 February, 2013, - 27.

35. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 628-IVGD dated 19 April, 2013 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 23 April, 2013, - 85.

36. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 762-IVGD dated 22 October, 2013 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 17 November, 2013, - 253.

37. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 827-IVGD dated 22 November, 2013 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 31 December, 2013, - 291.

38. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 824-IVGD dated 22 November, 2013 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 31 December, 2013, - 291.

39. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 837-IVGD dated 3 December, 2013 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 31 December, 2013, - 291.

40. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 877-IVGD dated 27 December, 2013 - «Respublika» newspaper, 5 February, 2014, - 24.

41. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 881-IVGD dated 27 December, 2013 - «Respublika» newspaper, 5 February, 2014, - 24 (changes apply since 1 September, 2013).

42. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 959-IVGD dated 16 May, 2014 - «Respublika» newspaper, 14 June, 2014, - 125.

43. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 992-IVGD dated 20 June, 2014 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 12 July, 2014, - 147.

44. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 1038-IVGD dated 30 September, 2014 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 6 November, 2014, - 242.

45. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 1115-IVGD dated 28 November, 2014 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 21 December, 2014, - 280.

46. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 1004-IVQD dated 20 June, 2014 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 12 August, 2014, - 171.

47. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 1167-IVQD dated 30 December, 2014 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 11 January, 2015, - 7.

48. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 1384-IVQD dated 20 October, 2015 - «Respublika» newspaper, 8 December, 2015, - 270 (The law comes into force with effect from 1 January, 2016).

49. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 102-VQD dated 19 January, 2016 - «Respublika» newspaper, 02 March, 2016, - 48.

50. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 107-VQD dated 19 January, 2016 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 19 February, 2016, - 38.

51. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 136-VQD dated 04 March, 2016 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 16 March, 2016, - 59

52. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 256-VQD dated 17 May, 2016 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 27 May, 2016, - 114.

53. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 226-VQD dated 06 May, 2016 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 7 June, 2016, - 121.

54. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 227-VQD dated 06 May, 2016 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, 5 June, 2016, - 120.

55. Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan / - 292-VQD dated 14 June, 2016 - «Azerbaijan» newspaper, _ June, 2016, - __.




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