MOSCOW, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Russian officials expect new
taxes on producers of steel, coal and iron ore to add an
additional 130 billion roubles to the state
budget in 2022, four sources familiar with the ongoing
discussions told Reuters.
Moscow is considering imposing a mineral extraction tax
(MET) linked to global prices on producers of ferrous metals and
fertilizers, as well as on ore mined by Nornickel,
sources said last week.
The new tax is expected to raise an additional 10 billion
roubles from fertilizer producers, three of the sources said.
For Nornickel, the new tax will cost an extra 20-25 billion
roubles, one of the sources added.
Details of the proposed changes to the tax system will be
finalized closer to the second reading in the Duma, the lower
house of parliament, a government source said.
The issue will be discussed at a meeting of officials with
President Vladimir Putin on Monday and then at the government
level on Tuesday, the source added.
The government, the finance ministry, Nornickel and the main
fertilizer producers declined to comment.
The main producers of steel also declined to comment, but
Severstal said that "constructive conversation
continues, positions are being reconciled and mutually
acceptable solutions worked out."
The expected additional proceeds from the ferrous metals and
fertilizer industries were first reported by the Vedomosti
newspaper citing unnamed sources on Monday.
($1 = 73.0520 roubles)
(Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya, Polina Devitt, Gleb Stolyarov
and Anastasia Lyrchikova; writing by Polina Devitt; editing by