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25.09.2020
THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR IS PREPARING THE TRANSFER OF THREE DAYS OFF IN 2021

The Ministry of Labour has prepared a draft decision of the Government of the Russian Federation on the transfer of days off in 2021. The department proposes the weekend of January 2 and 3 (Saturday and Sunday), coinciding with non-working holidays, to be postponed to November 5 and December 31, respectively. It is also proposed to transfer the rest day from Saturday February 20 to Monday February 22.

24.09.2020
AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW ON BANKRUPTCY, PROVIDING FOR THE PROCEDURE FOR OUT-OF-COURT BANKRUPTCY OF CITIZENS, ENTERED INTO FORCE

Amendments to the Law on Bankruptcy entered into force on September 1, 2020. The Law now contains provisions that allow individuals to initiate their bankruptcy without resort to courts.
 

23.09.2020
TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS MAY NOW BE OBTAINED VIA THE PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF AN INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYER

User options provided via the Internet service "Taxpayer's Personal Account for Individuals" have been expanded. Now users of the service may download an electronic certificate of registration of an individual, signed with an enhanced certified electronic signature, free of charge and at any convenient time. The document has the same legal force as a paper copy signed by a tax official and certified by a seal.
 

22.09.2020
EUROPEAN ACCIDENT STATEMENTS IN ELECTRONIC FORM MAY BE DRAWN UP EVEN IN EVENT OF DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN DRIVERS, AS WELL AS WITH RESPECT TO MOTOR VEHICLES OF LEGAL ENTITIES

From November 1, 2020, drivers will be able to draw up electronic notifications of accidents and if they have disagreements, as well as in relation to the vehicles owned by organisations. For this purpose, as currently, at least one of the drivers must possess a special mobile application integrated with the webportal of public services.

21.09.2020
HALLS OF THEATRES, CIRCUSES AND PHILHARMONIC SOCIETIES CAN BE FILLED UP TO 70%

The Ministry of Culture has adjusted the requirements for the operation of theatres, circuses, philharmonic societies, concert halls, etc., during a pandemic.
If the regional authorities remove the restrictions, events for visitors are held subject to the occupancy rate of no more than 70%, unless the regional authorities have established a lower occupancy rate.
 

18.09.2020
THE BANK OF RUSSIA ANNOUNCED NEW TARIFFS FOR OSAGO

The RF Ministry of Justice registered Instructions of the Bank of Russia determining the new tariffs for compulsory motor vehicle third party liability insurance and the procedure for application thereof. Insurers will be able to charge a lower rate for accurate drivers and a higher rate for those who drive at risk and violate traffic rules. For passenger cars owned by citizens, the range of base rates will expand by 10% up and down.
From August 24, 2020, amendments enter into force to be made into the Law on OSAGO concerning customisation of tariffs. Tariffs will be determined depending on the factors characterising a particular driver. This can be, among other things, violation of traffic rules, the age of the vehicle, its mileage, the driver's marital status and the presence of children, telematics devices installed, etc.
 

17.09.2020
THE RF MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DETERMINED THE PROCEDURE FOR REGISTERING A GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION

The Civil Code of the Russian Federation fixes the rules on geographical indication. This is a new item of intellectual rights, which is introduced as a means of individualising a product. It acts on a par with an appellation of origin. The RF Ministry of Economic Development and Trade approved the procedure for its registration.
 

16.09.2020
ORGANISATIONS SHALL PAY TRANSPORT AND LAND TAXES WITH NO REGARD OF RECEIVING CALCULATIONS FROM TAX AGENCIES

Starting from 2021, declarations for transport and land taxes shall be cancelled for organisations. This means that for 2020 tax agencies will calculate these taxes and notify taxpayers of it via messages as per the approved forms, on the basis of the data about vehicles and land plots owned by an organisation.

15.09.2020
ROAD MAP TO IMPROVE PALLIATIVE CARE HAS BEEN APPROVED

The Government of the Russian Federation approved an Action Plan aimed at improving the quality and availability of palliative care for the next four years.
 

14.09.2020
INFLUENZA VACCINATION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being (Rospotrebnadzor) informs of beginning of the vaccination campaign against influenza. Specifics of the current epidemic season will be the simultaneous circulation of influenza and coronavirus. It is planned to cover at least 60% of the population with preventive vaccinations, and 75% in risk groups. The agency reminds that self-medication for flu is not recommended, since it may extremely dangerous.
 

11.09.2020
SEVEN SHORT SCRIPTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR FILLING IN THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RETURNS

In the personal account of the taxpayer on the website of the Federal Tax Service, there are several scripts for filling in declarations in accordance with the form 3-NDFL, depending on situation. Such scripts include buying and selling real estate; renting out dwelling apartments; contributions for investment or charity; payment for treatment or education

10.09.2020
THE RATE FOR EDUCATIONAL LOANS IS REDUCED

The rate for educational loans has been reduced and fixed per 3% per annum. The grace period has been increased from three to nine months when the principal does not need to be paid. It is calculated from the moment of graduation. The loan repayment period has been increased from 10 to 15 years (after the end of the grace period).

09.09.2020
THE RF MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS CLARIFIED PECULIARITIES OF REGISTERING TRANSPORT VEHICLES AT MULTIFUNCTIONAL CENTRES

Starting from August 29, 2020, it will be possible to register vehicles at multifunctional centres. Employees will accept and issue documents, as well as state registration plates. Actions related to inspection of vehicles, registration of registration documents and assignment of registration plates will be performed, as usual, by the traffic police officers.

08.09.2020
THE BANK OF RUSSIA REMINDS: CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROHIBIT THE BANK FROM TRANSFERRING THEIR DEBTS TO COLLECTORS

Borrowers may prohibit creditors from transferring their debts to third parties. This possibility must be included into the individual terms and conditions of the consumer credit or loan agreement. Prohibition by the borrower on transfer of debt should not affect the possibility of concluding a contract.

07.09.2020
SMALL ENTERPRISES AND INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSMEN SHALL SUBMIT TO THE FEDERAL STATE STATISTIC SERVICE (ROSSTAT) DATA ON THEIR ACTIVITIES FOR 2020

The Federal State Statistic Service approved two lump forms for filing statistical data on activities of small and medium-sized businesses for 2020.
Such data in compliance with the cited forms shall be submitted to territorial offices of the Federal State Statistic Service before April 1, 2021

04.09.2020
THE TRAFFIC POLICE COMMENTED ON THE INFORMATION ON THE COLLECTION OF FINES FROM CAR OWNERS FOR INSTALLING ROOF RACKS ON CAR ROOFS

A number of media outlets reported that in accordance with the amendments to the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union on the Safety of Wheeled Vehicles, allegedly adopted in 2020, any changes in the design of the vehicle must be approved by the State Traffic Inspectorate with mandatory certification in specialised laboratories. And for the installation of non-standard towbars, roof racks, car owners will be held administratively liable.
The traffic police denied this information.

03.09.2020
WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE AUGUST 24 IN THE LAW ON THIRD-PARTY ONLY VEHICLE INSURANCE?

On August 24, 2020, amendments to the Law on Third-Party Only Vehicle Insurance came into force, aimed, among other things, at personalizing the insurance rate in relation to each insured and recording the driving history of each driver.
The main novelty is that insurers are given the right to differentiate insurance rates depending on certain factors.
These include, for example, the repeated (during the year) bringing of the policyholder to administrative responsibility for driving at a red light, exceeding the permissible speed by more than 60 km/h or entering the oncoming lane.
In addition, it is possible to take into account other factors, such as the age and mileage of the vehicle, equipping the car with a telematics device, and marital status and the presence of children by the driver.
These factors must be indicated by the insurer in the methodology for calculating insurance rates and posted on its website.
The Central Bank will establish a list of factors, the use of which is not allowed.

02.09.2020
THE INTRODUCTION OF AN ELECTRONIC APOSTILLE IS PLANNED IN RUSSIA

Federal Law No. 166-FZ supplemented the Law on affixing an apostille on Russian official documents subject to export outside the territory of the Russian Federation. The amendments secured the right of the Government of the Russian Federation to establish the specifics of applying for an apostille, affixing an apostille using information and telecommunication networks, maintaining a register of apostilles in electronic form, and providing remote access to information on affixed apostilles.

01.09.2020
THE QUALITY OF MEDICINES WILL BE CONTROLLED ACCORDING TO THE UNIFIED STANDARDS OF THE EAEU

From March 1, 2021, the EAEU Pharmacopoeia will begin to operate, which will become the basis for a unified approach to assessing the quality of medicines for five allied countries.
Producers of drugs previously registered in the common EAEU market must, by January 1, 2026, bring their regulatory documents on the quality of drugs in line with the Pharmacopoeia of the Union.

31.08.2020
ONE SHALL CONFIRM THE PRESCRIPTION OF THE DRUG TO CLAIM A PERSONAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION

The doctor can prescribe medication with or without a prescription form.
To claim a deduction for personal income tax in the first case, you need to use the form, and in the second - information from medical records.

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