Kazakhstan Legal Alert 2021

In this article, we summarize the some of the legislative amendments that would happen in Kazakhstan from January 1, 2021.

3% Retail Tax instead of Personal and Corporate Income Tax

December 10, 2020, President of Kazakhstan signed the Law on Amendments to the Tax Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan and to the Law on Introduction of the Tax Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan (No. 382-VI), hereinafter referred to “Law No. 382-VI”. Law No. 382-VI introduces a new special tax regime for the small and medium-sized businesses affected by the pandemic.

Companies and individual entrepreneurs that successfully applied for the new special tax regime will be subject to alternative Retail Tax (3%) instead of the Corporate Income Tax (10-20%) and the Individual Income Tax (10%) till December 31, 2022. Moreover, companies will be exempted from VAT and Social Tax.

Universal Income and Property Declaration

From January 1, 2021, the Republic of Kazakhstan will introduce the universal income and property declaration system in order to combat the shadow economy and corruption.

Foreign citizens also may be the subject of declaration procedures where they have real estate property or a share in housing construction on the territory of Kazakhstan.

Increased Requirements for The Dispatched Labor

In particular, amendments to the Labor Code prohibited discrimination in terms of remuneration against dispatched employees.

Amendments also provide for guarantee of additional paid annual leave for dispatched employees who engaged in heavy work or work with harmful or dangerous working conditions. This kind of dispatched employees also will be entitled for the increased remuneration and reduced working hours.

Mandatory Labeling of Goods

March 1, 2019, the Republic of Kazakhstan ratified the Agreement on Labelling Goods with Means of Identification on the Territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. As part of the implementation of the provisions of the Agreement, Kazakhstan has joined the key decisions of the Eurasian Economic Commission on the labeling of fur products, footwear products, perfumes and tires.

Generally, the labeling system is aimed at combating shadow economy, protection of the domestic market from low-quality products, and improvement of the competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s producers.

Note: Marking of the products implies placing on the surface of the commodities package of a special encrypted label that contains information about the manufacturer, serial number and anti-hacking code.

As a result of the successful implementation of two-year pilot projects, Kazakhstan already introduced mandatory labeling for natural fur products (from March 1, 2019) and tobacco products (from October 1, 2020).

At date Kazakhstan is pursuing pilot projects for four other categories of products and two of them will follow under the requirement of mandatory labeling system in upcoming 2021:

  • alcoholic beverages: implementation of mandatory labeling is scheduled for April 1, 2021;
  • footwear products: implementation of mandatory labeling is scheduled for July 1, 2021;
  • medicines: implementation of mandatory labeling is scheduled for January 1, 2022;
  • dairy products: implementation of mandatory labeling is scheduled for January 1, 2022.

Producers of aforementioned products distributed in Kazakhstan will be required to register at authorities, obtain marking codes for their products and introduce the system of marking of the products by aforementioned codes. Importers, distributors and retailers also will have to register at authorities and introduce the scanning systems.

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