Saint-Petersburg housing market

According to the latest data for January-June 2013, the building complex of St. Petersburg introduced 947.5 thousand square meters of housing, which is 75% more than the same period last year with its 541.4 thousand square meters.

For this indicator, St. Petersburg takes a 7th place among all the subjects of the Russian Federation. More housing was built only in Moscow region - 2 266.1 thousand square meters, in Krasnodar Territory – 1 697 square meters, in the Republic of Tatarstan – 1 199.8 thousand square meters, in Moscow - 1 187.1 thousand square meters, in Tyumen region - 1 011.5 thousand square meters, in the Republic of Bashkortostan - 1 009.7 thousand square meters.

The increase in housing construction can be explained by the renewal of projects stalled during the recent economic crisis, the relative stability of the financial markets, and last but not least by the high demand for housing, which is fuelled by non-resident buyers, regarding St. Petersburg as an attractive place to live and work.

In January-June the average construction cost of total area was fixed at 47.3 thousand for 1 square meter, which is higher than in neighboring Leningrad region with its 41.8 thousand rubles and in more "rich" Moscow with 33.2 million rubles. According to this indicator St. Petersburg takes 10th place among all regions of the country. The average construction cost is higher only in remote northern regions - Chukotka, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, the Magadan region, etc.

High construction cost could be explained with the lack of free land resources within the city.
As for the acquisition average market price for 1 square meter, the situation is as follows: on primary housing market the price was 8 8017.7 rubles in July, having increased by 3.91% in January. The situation on secondary housing market is the following: 95 219.9 rubles with increase of 0.06%.

Secondary housing market prices have not reached the level of September 2008 yet, when they were to 109 thousand rubles per square meter. Primary market is very close to overcoming the historical peak in autumn 2008 with 91.6 thousand rubles per square meter.

Thus, there is a gradual adjustment of prices on the primary and secondary housing markets. In consumer qualities new housing surpasses objectively the old housing stock with panel large-scale houses, but in some cases it is inferior in transport accessibility.

How to check the counterparty before signing the contract

The lack of taxpayer «due diligence» in case of contractor choice may cause presentation of claims of supervisory authorities in obtaining unreasonable tax advantage and charges in making deals with a flight-by-night company and, as a consequence, additional tax accrual and attraction to tax responsibility.

Among signs of a fly-by-night company are: registration at "mass" address, "mass" shareholder or director, lack of information about the company in open information sources, communication with the help of representatives and the denial of potential partner in establishment of contacts with management of the company. The existence of main signs are not always specifies on the fly-by-night company. For example, the legal form LLC or minimal authorized capital, the absence at the registered address can speak about high rent prices. But if there is sum of such signs – this is the reason to think about reliability of possible contractor.

The criteria, which tax authorities use while scheduling field tax audit, are described in the order of Federal Tax Service from 30.05.2007 № ММ-3-06/333@ "About the statement of planning system concept of field tax audit".

«The concept provides for the taxpayer self-assessment of risks according to the results of the financial and economic activities by the following criteria. Publicly available criteria of independent risks assessment for taxpayers, which are usually used by tax authorities in objects selection for carrying out field tax audit, can be:

1. Tax burden of the taxpayer is lower than average by operating subjects in the specific branch (type of economic activity).
2. Reflection in balance or tax reports of losses throughout several tax periods.
3. Reflection in tax reports of the considerable amounts of tax deductions for a certain period.
4. Advancing growth rate of expenses above growth rate of the income from sales of goods (works, services).
5. Payment of an average monthly salary per one worker is lower than average by the form of economic activity in Russian Federation.
6. Repeated approximation to limit value of indexes, which are set by the Tax Code of Russian Federation. Such indexes provide the right for taxpayers to apply special tax modes.
7. Reflection by sole proprietor of expenditure amounts, which are most approached to the amount of its income gained for calendar year.
8. Creation of financial and economic activities on the basis of the entering into the contracts with contractors-dealers or intermediaries without reasonable economic or other causes (business aim).
9. Non-presentation by taxpayer of explanations on the tax authority notification message about detection of mismatch of indexes of activities, and (or) non-presentation to the tax authority of the required documents, and (or) existence of information on their destruction, damage, etc.
10. Repeated removal from the account and setting on the account in tax authorities of the taxpayer in connection with location change ("migration" between tax authorities).
11. The considerable variation of profitability level according to accounting reports from profitability level for this field of activity by statistical data.
12. Operation of financial and economic activities with high tax risk.

In case of assessment of the above indexes the tax authority surely analyzes the possibility of extraction or existence of unreasonable tax advantage, including circumstances, which are mentioned in Plenum resolution of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation from 12.10.2006 N 53.

Systematic carrying out of independent risks assessment by results of the financial and economic activities will allow the taxpayer to evaluate timely tax risks and clarify his tax liabilities».

As practice shows, check and data collection, which confirm manifestation of "due diligence", require efforts of stakeholder, as companies are not always provide such information to potential partners. Information and analytical on-line system Globas-i can help in receiving necessary information about contractor: registration data, licenses, litigation, management team. Moreover, the Reliability index is to appear in the system, with the help of such index the user can easily recognize a fly-by-night company.