Source Federal Tax Service and GVSU on special facilities seek state budget in court. “SAVL has lost a dispute with the tax authorities over a scheme with formal paperwork. Millions from social construction projects in the YNAO have not made it to the budget. These were the conclusions drawn by the auditors of the Federal Tax Service after examining accounts of Tyumen companies, in particular, those which were actively co-operating with the VIS PF belonging to the group of the well-known businessman Igor Snegurov. Close attention of the tax officials, in particular, was focused on the SAVL company which is involved in the construction of kindergartens in Novy Urengoy and Tazovsky. Representatives of the government agency found that there was a formal document flow, using a list of limited companies from Ekaterinburg, Kurgan and Tyumen, which was aimed at tax evasion, money transit, and the large-scale “cash-out” typical of such manipulations. Lawyers for the builders had tried to dispute the auditors’ findings, but lost the trial in the first instance. Tax schemes have also been found in the Sibstroy from Yalutorovsk, which has also been actively co-operating with VIS – now the Main Military and Construction Directorate for Special-Purpose Objects has also come after the money of the Tyumen people. Meanwhile, market participants point to other conflicts related to the VIS group in Yamal and the “golden time for businessmen”, which took shape under the former governor of YNAO, Dmitry Kobylkin, and “is still aroused in the courts”.
SAVL OOO (Tyumen) has failed to challenge the decision of the Tyumen tax inspectorate No 3 to bring to responsibility for a tax offence.
As it follows from the documents, after the on-site inspection the company was charged 21.1 mln. VAT, 22.7 mln. income tax, as well as penalties and fines under Article 122 Clause 3 of the RF Tax Code in the amount of 3.59 mln.
The claim by the tax authorities was based on the conclusion that a formal document flow scheme had been set up with a long list of companies, including those from Ekaterinburg, Kurgan and Tyumen, for making unlawful claims for VAT deductions and reducing the profit tax base. The auditors came to the conclusion that there were simply no actual business transactions with the list of counterparties, and that SAVL performed the work itself.
“All the participants of the scheme are interconnected with each other, there are discrepancies in the amounts of the VAT returns of the same companies in the purchase ledger and sales ledger of the counterparties. In other words, a VAT deduction is claimed, but the operation of charging tax and paying it to the budget is not reflected in the accounts. All the participants in the scheme have no means of fulfilling the terms of the transaction, i.e. the transactions were conducted fictitiously, the lack of payment by bank between the participants in the scheme. Subsequently the participants of the scheme were excluded from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities on the basis of unreliable information. Transactions on the settlement accounts of the scheme participants were performed to create the appearance of financial and economic activities and were conducted, impersonally, through the transitory use of settlement accounts by the “purchasers”,” the materials of the proceedings state.
It is noteworthy that during the audited period the main customers of SAVL LLC include, for example, FP VIS LLC (part of Igor Snegurov’s VIS group). In particular, based on the documents, the builders worked on the facilities: “Kindergarten pos. 164 for 240 pupils in the Vostochny micro-district in Novy Urengoy” and “Kindergarten for 300 children in the Tazovsky settlement, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area”, and also in Yakutsk on the “Aiyy Kyhata” national school for 550 pupils in the 203 micro-district.
Thus, the founder and head of one of the problematic contractors, Snabtorg LLC, Yury Mantsurov, stated during questioning that “he knew nothing about the general construction works performed at the facilities in Yakutsk and Novy Urengoy from January to March 2019, the company was not engaged in financial and economic activities during that period”.
Similar circumstances were established with regard to Aiyl Kykhata. Thus, the interrogation of the head of the site showed that the firm appeared to have managed on its own, but showed a different picture in its accounts.
“The SAVL organisation is known to me . At the time when I worked, the director was Tatyana Bazhenova. I worked in Yakutsk at a facility. At the time of my work in Yakutsk I knew the following companies: PF VIS, Stroigazmontazh. I supervised construction and installation works. At the site “national school” I stayed 11 months. The director of SAVL accepted the completed work. About 40 employees of SAVL did the work”, reads the statement of site manager Novikov, which led the tax authorities to conclude that the work at the site was performed by employees of SAVL.
The auditors also found the traditional transit of funds and embezzlement of cash. “Based on the analysis of on the accounts of “problem” contractors declared by “SAVL” it was found that their expenditure part was formed by transfers to IE (for transport services, for transportation services), which, in turn, deposited personal accounts, corporate cards, withdrew cash through ATMs, cashed out ,” follows from the results of the audit, with which the Arbitration Court of the Tyumen Region eventually agreed, admitting tax evasion.
Pravda URFO has already reported in detail about the contractor of VIS PF who was found to have tax schemes worth more than a hundred million roubles. In particular, we were talking about social facilities in YNAO and Sibstroy LLC, owned by Levon Hambaryan. The newspaper also discussed in detail the conflicts around Igor Snegurov’s group in YNAD, conflicts related to Gazprom, and other tax scandals at construction sites where VIS was involved.
At the moment, proceedings around VIS’s contractors are ongoing. For instance, the aforementioned Sibstroy LLC has already been sued for 126 million by the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Main Military and Construction Directorate for Special Objects”.