The draft law providing for the postponement of the collection of the resort tax start date on the territory of Crimea from May 1, 2021 to May 1, 2022 was introduced by Sergey Aksyonov, the Head of the Republic, the press service of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea reports. The explanatory note to the document says that this decision was made based on a significant number of requests from representatives of the tourism industry because of the need for adaptation to the new structure of the tourist flow.
Parliamentarians believe that the introduction of the resort tax next year would lead to risks of redistributing tourist flow to the "shadow" sector of accommodation facilities, and lead to unequal competition for legal hotels, which will not fully gain the taxable income from using the resort infrastructure.
"Before the start of the resort tax collection, a number of measures must be taken. This includes working out a mechanism to legalize the activities of individuals who provide temporary accommodation services, such as rentals of residential and non-residential premises in resort regions", — the explanatory note to the document says.
As reported, the resort tax trial collection has been performed since May 1, 2018 in Krasnodar, Stavropol and Altai regions. In Crimea the introduction of this tax was initially postponed until May 1, 2021.