MOSCOW, 22 Jan – PRIME. The Russian government has extended the tax free pilot project until the end of 2021, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers said. “The experiment to refund VAT to foreigners when exporting goods purchased in Russia outside the Eurasian Economic Union (tax-free) is extended until December 31, 2021. This decision is enshrined in a decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin,” the message says. the winner in the “oil war” The tax free system began to operate in Russia in 2018. All foreigners can return VAT on purchases made in Russia, except for tourists from the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which, in addition to Russia, includes Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. The tax refund system applies to goods, including appliances, food, clothing, jewelry, books, medicines, purchased within one day for an amount of at least 10 thousand rubles. Tax free does not apply to excisable goods (such as alcohol and tobacco). Also, the tax cannot be compensated for when buying any goods over the Internet. In the fall of 2019, an experiment was launched in Russia to transfer the tax free system completely to electronic format. According to the Cabinet of Ministers, this will make the process of VAT refund on purchases made by foreigners in Russia as simple and convenient as possible.