Gaukhar Narbekova - MinTax Group Partner, Certified Auditor, Member of the “Auditors’ College” PAO, DipFR (ACCA), CIPA Certificate, Certified Tax Consultant, member of the Audit Committee of the RoK CTC, considers certain issues related to deduction, for Corporate Income Tax purposes, of expenses on the audit of financial statements, incurred by business entities.
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Recently, as a result of tax audits being performed, it frequently happens that additional CIT amounts are assessed by excluding from deductions of taxpayers’ expenses related to their business activity, which, in the opinion of state revenue officers, are not related to activity aimed at earning income, and must be eliminated from deductions in accordance with sub-paragraph 1) of Article 115 of the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Taxes and Other Obligatory Payments to the Budget” dated 10 December 2008 No 99-IV (the Tax Code).
In the meantime, it should be noted that the Tax Code does not contain any definitions of these terms: “expenses not related to activity aimed at earning income”, or “expenses related to activity aimed at earning income.
However, pursuant to paragraph 1 of Article 2 of the Entrepreneurs’ Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan No 375-V dated 29 October 2015 (the Entrepreneurs’ Code), entrepreneurship means an independent, initiative activity of citizens, oralmans and legal entities aimed at earning net income through the use of property, production, sale of goods, performance of work, provision of services, based on the right of private ownership (private business), or on the right of economic management or operational management of a state enterprise (state entrepreneurship). Entrepreneurial activity is carried out on behalf of, at the risk and under the property liability of the entrepreneur.
According to paragraph 1 of Article 100 of the Tax code, expenditures of a taxpayer connected with the performance of activities aimed at earning income shall be subject to deduction when determining the taxable income, except for the costs which are not subject to deduction in accordance with Tax Code. However, in cases specified by Tax Code the amount of costs referred to deductions shall not exceed the established norms. Based on paragraph 3 of Article 100 of the Tax code, deductions shall be made by the taxpayer in the availability of documents confirming the costs connected to his activity aimed at earning of income. These costs shall be subject to deduction in that tax period in which they were actually incurred, except for the costs of future periods, to be determined in accordance with the international standards of financial reporting (IFRS) and requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on accounting and financial reporting. Prepaid expenses shall be taken as deductions in the tax period to which they apply.
According to sub-paragraph 3) of Article 1 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Auditing" (hereinafter - "Law on Auditing"), audit means verification for the purpose of expression of independent opinion on financial reporting and other information, linked with financial reporting, in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Further, according to Article 5 of the Law on Auditing, the types of audit are compulsory and initiative. Among those subject to compulsory audit are public interest entities as well as financial, insurance, and other entities specified in paragraph 2 of Article 5 of the Law on Auditing. All other entities which are not listed in paragraph 2 of Article 5 of the Law on Auditing are entitled to conduct audit of financial statements which is defined as initiative audit.
According to Article 4 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Accounting and Financial Reporting" (hereinafter the "Law on Accounting"):
Article 4 of the Law on Accounting states that the purpose of accounting and financial reporting is to provide all concerned parties with complete and reliable information about financial position, results of operations and changes in financial position of individual entrepreneurs and entities.
At the same time, when conducting both compulsory and initiative audit, the purpose of the audit is to verify whether or not the financial statements compiled for the entity's entire activity for the reporting period (both aimed and not aimed at earning income) conform to the basis for their presentation specified in the Law on Accounting. Financial statements can not be separated by types of activities of the reporting entity.
According to paragraph 1 of Article 15 of the Law on Accounting, financial statements, except for the statements of government institutions, shall comprise the following:
1) balance sheet;
2) income statement;
3) statement of cash flows;
4) statement of changes in equity;
5) explanatory note.
The procedure for preparing financial statements and additional requirements to them are established in accordance with the international standards, the international standard for small and medium business and the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on accounting and financial reporting.
Thus, the costs of conducting an audit, both initiative and compulsory, are directly related to activities aimed at earning income, since the subject and purpose of such services is to verify whether or not the financial statements compiled for the entity's entire activity for the reporting period (both aimed and not aimed at earning income) conform to the basis for their presentation, in particular - IFRS, the National Financial Reporting Standard or IFRS for small and medium business entities.
That is, due to the fact that the entity's financial statements comprise all revenues and expenses for the reporting period, expenses incurred to engage a licensed auditor to provide services to verify the correctness of their recognition in the financial statements can not be qualified as expenses on activities not related to earning income.
Conclusions contained in the tax audit report resulting from exclusion from deductions can be appealed to a superior state revenue body or to the court, as non-conforming to the norms of the Tax Code.
Name of “MinTax” used in this proposal, depending on the context, can refer to MinTax LLP or MinTax Audit LLP and to its structural subdivisions as well. MinTax LLP and MinTax Audit LLP are included into MinTax Group acting on the basis of the Partnership Agreement, and are considered to be separate and independent legal entities founded under the Republic of Kazakhstan legislation, and they are responsible for all rights and obligations only on their behalf. The Companies which are included in MinTax Group are not responsible for any actions or omissions of each other
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