Launch of 2017 Corporate Tax Award announced by RSPP and PwC

Moscow, 13 March 2017. Applications to compete in the annual Corporate Tax Award contest, established by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and PwC Russia, will be accepted starting from today.  

“Our contest facilitates the spread of best practices in corporate taxation and brings together top-level tax experts. This year, we are paying special attention to the efficient use of shared service centres for the tax function. To this end, we have introduced a new nomination category that will evaluate the degree to which tax business processes have been transferred to shared service centres and the level of their automation.”

Alexander Shokhin, President, RSPP

The Award was established in 2016 jointly by RSPP and PwC. Any business organisations, excluding tax advisers, can participate in the contest. 

“Of course, tax teams are currently paying more and more attention to improving the effectiveness of tax business processes, to identifying, assessing and monitoring risks, and to measuring the effectiveness of internal controls. At the same time, they are facing the harmonisation and automation of processes, as well as the transfer of tax functions to shared services centres. This contest is an opportunity to distinguish best practices in building the tax function and to keep track of the most popular trends in this sector.”

Ekaterina Lazorina, Leader of the PwC Tax and Legal Practice in Russia and CIS

This year, the Award will be granted in four nomination categories:

  1. Tax Team of the Year
  2. Tax Project of the Year
  3. Active Involvement in Tax Practice or Tax Law Development
  4.  Efficient Use of Shared Services Centres for Tax Function

An expert panel represented by business circles, the academic community and the winners of last year’s contest will decide on the award winners this year.

Members of the Expert Panel in 2017:

  • Mikhail Eskindarov, Doctor of Economics, Rector of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
  •  Frank Schauff, CEO, Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation
  •  Alexander Shokhin, Doctor of Economics, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
  • Sergei Sinelnikov-Murylev, Doctor of Economics, Rector of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy under the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Head of Research at the Yegor Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy; and Vice Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
  • Alexis Rodzianko, President and CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia
  • Natalia Pochinok, Doctor of Economics, Rector of the Russian State Social University
  • Elena Nekrasova, Head of Tax Department, OAO RZD
  • Igor Lotakov, Country Managing Partner, PwC Russia
  • Marina Glukhova, PhD in Economics, Vice President and Managing Director, Department of Economic Policy and Competitiveness, RSPP
  • Vladimir Gerasimov, Executive Director, Interfax Agency; Member, Public Council of the Russian Federal Tax Service
  • Oksana Aisina, Chief Accountant, OAO Otkritie Holding

Winners in the four nomination groups will be determined in October 2017 at a meeting of the Expert Panel. 

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