• ‘International Tax Planning ’

    • Full-time
    • 2 years
    • RU
    • 360 000 RUB
  • Entrance exams

    • Economic Theory
    • Foreign language (English, Chinese, German, French, Spanish)

Program description

The master’s degree program includes in-depth methods and technologies study of international tax planning and consulting as well as solving problems of taxation in the international sphere for multinational companies and owners of personal capital. This program has been successfully implemented since 2012. Graduates of this program can be highly qualified managers and top management specialists for the civil service, financial and economic divisions of multinational companies in the real sector of the economy, leading domestic and foreign consulting companies.

Accreditation and Partners

Program managers

Polezharova Lyudmila Vladimirovna

  • Doctor of Economics, Associate Professor.
  • Assistant Professor of the Department of Taxes and Tax Administration of the Faculty of Taxes, Audit and Business Analysis of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • Advisor to the State Civil Service of the Russian Federation, Honorary Worker of the Ministry of Taxes and Revenue of the Russian Federation, Excellent financial work; member of the IFA, Ros-IFA; recognized expert in the field of international taxation, has more than 25 years of practical experience in senior positions of the Ministry of Taxes and Duties of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to

  • Provide consulting support in solving business tax problems in Russia and abroad — from the taxation of certain operations and structures to methodological support on deoffshorization and BEPS.
  • Conduct tax diagnostics of the current business structure/model to identify potential risks and develop a basic approach to the changing tax environment.
  • Develop a cross-border corporate structure taking into account compatibility with the personal holding superstructure of the final beneficiaries.
  • Interpret and apply double taxation agreements taking into account the Multilateral Convention on the Implementation of BEPS Measures (MLI) (including in terms of limiting benefits, testing for the main purpose (PPT), additional criteria for passive income benefits, taxation of indirect real estate sales, expansion and clarification of the concept of permanent establishment).
  • Help international groups of companies and wealthy individuals manage risks when planning transactions and operations and preparing reports, preventing disagreements with tax authorities, studying and resolving potentially controversial situations.
  • Provide business support on tax transparency issues, including disclosure of cross-border transactions with signs of aggressive tax planning in accordance with the European Directive DAC6, as well as intergovernmental automatic exchange of information according to OECD (CRS) and US (FATCA) standards.
  • Provide support on international taxation and structuring within the Private direction for family offices and wealthy individuals.
  • Develop and conduct tax examination of documents, including for intra-group transactions.
  • Successfully pass the entrance tests and continue studying at the postgraduate school of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation.

Key disciplines of the concentration

Basic Concepts and Current Trends in International Business Taxation

Reveals the international taxation theoretical foundations of cross-border transactions, as well as the practice of application in Russia, in certain foreign countries, economic unions and clubs (USA, EU, OECD, BRICS, EAEU).

Theory and Practice of International Tax Treaties’ Application

A detailed study of theoretical, practical, and problematic issues of the international tax agreements’ application of the Russian Federation and other countries.

International and National Instruments of Cross-Border Tax Regulation

Studies international (OECD, EU, EAEU, BRICS) and national (Russia, USA) tax policy in the international sphere; modern international and national standards, as well as general and special methods of combating cross-border tax evasion in Russia and foreign countries.

International Tax Planning of Multinational Companies and Beneficiaries

It is aimed at developing a comprehensive practical approach to international tax planning and capital flow structuring; it will teach to develop in practice an optimal strategy and structure of international business from a tax point of view for multinational companies and owners of personal capital.

Tax Diagnostics and Expertise of International Business (Workshop)

Tax diagnostics of the current structure/model of international business (operations) to identify potential risks and develop a basic approach to the changing tax environment, conducting tax examination of documents, including for intra-group transactions and beneficiary’s transactions.


Graduates of the International Tax Planning Program:

  • are in high demand in the labor market;
  • have guaranteed employment;
  • the starting salary is from 90 thousand rubles.

The main employers are:

  • economic divisions of the Government of the Russian Federation; public service bodies authorized for economic policy, finance, taxes and fees (Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Ministry of Finance of Russia, Federal Tax Service of Russia);
  • the largest Russian and foreign consulting, auditing and law firms;
  • economic and financial divisions of the largest Russian and foreign organizations of the real sector of the economy – blue chips;
  • family offices of owners of personal capital and wealthy individuals.

Alumni of the International Tax Planning program are employed for the following positions:

  • tax analyst, tax consultant, chief specialist in large Russian and international consulting and law firms, financial and tax management structures of organizations in the real sector of the economy;
  • head, senior consultant of a private consulting company;
  • head, general manager, senior consultant of the family office;
  • head, advisor, chief specialist in the departments of the Ministry of Finance of Russia, the Federal Tax Service of Russia, the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia on the problems of tax policy and the development of the tax administration system in the international sphere.

Organizations where you can find a job

Unique advantages of the program

Master’s degree program 2 in 1: FinU Plus PricewaterhouseCoopers is implemented jointly by the FinU and PricewaterhouseCoopers, our faculty, and expert tutors of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

It is the only program in Russia and in the CIS and EAEU countries on international tax planning.

Only three universities in the world offer similar courses. These are the Leiden and Vienna Universities and the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation. Our program is fully synchronized with the disciplines, curriculum and competencies offered by these foreign universities.

The program content and the acquired skills fully meet the requirements for passing the exam for the ADIT (Advance Diploma in International Taxation) programs at the Chartered Institute of Taxation in the UK.

Classes are held in Russian, full-time, in the evening, which allows students to combine work and studies. The program immediately immerses students in the professional community, teaches them to communicate professionally with business representatives and the state in the Russian Federation and abroad, to manage international taxation projects using soft skills acquired competencies.

Effective education format: mini-lectures, assignments, discussions, illustrative examples, exchange of experience, cases of real companies, workshops on new trends and best practices from business and civil service stars. Small groups: the teacher will pay attention to each student, give detailed answers to questions, and conduct individual consultations. Classes are held in an interactive format: questions, exchange of opinions, discussions are encouraged. The purpose of the discussions is to gain new experience, apply ideas in practice.