From 1 June 2007 onward, the Federal Law of 8 January 2007, No 8 Ц FZ, УOn the Fundamental Principles of Municipal Service in the Russian FederationФ (with all the alterations included) should be deemed to be null and void.
II. DECREES OF THE GOVERNMENT of the Russian Federation 1. УON THE INTRODUCTION OF ALTERATIONS IN THE LIST OF FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS WHOSE GRANTS ARE NOT TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT FOR PURPOSES OF TAXATION AS PART OF THE INCOMES OF THE RUSSIAN ORGANIZATIONS Ц RECIPIENTS OF THE GRANTS AUTHORIZED BY DECREE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION OF 24 DECEMBER 2002, No 923Ф OF 15 MARCH 2007, No For purposes of applying Subitem 14 of Item 1 of Article 251 of the RF Tax Code, the list of the foreign and international organizations whose grants should not be taken into account for purposes of taxation as part of the incomes of Russian organizations Ц recipients of the grants is extended by the additional inclusion of nine organization, while one organization from the number of those on the list is excluded from it.
III. ORDERS, LETTERS 1. Order of the RF Ministry of Justice УON THE APPROVAL OF THE DECISION Ц MAKING PROCEDURE CONCERNING STATE REGISTRATION OF THE EMBLEMS OF NONCOMMERCIAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THE SYMBOLS OF SOCIAL ASSOCIATIONSФ of 22.02. 2007, No The document regulates the activity of the RF Federal Registration Service with regard to decision - making concerning State registration of the emblems of noncommercial organizations and other symbols of social associations acceptable for public use. Relegated to the symbols of a social association are the emblem, the flag, the pennant, and other symbols, while the emblem is relegated to the symbols of other noncommercial organizations22. The symbols of a noncommercial organization, including a social association, which include images and descriptions, should be approved by the authorized control agency in accordance with the constituent documents of a given noncommercial organization. The consideration of the appeal and the preparation of a corresponding decision by the RF Federal Registration Service should be completed within thirty working days from the day on which the necessary documents were submitted.
2. Letter of the RF Federal Tax Service УON THE DATA NECESSARY FOR CALCULATING THE TAX ON THE EXTRACTION OF MINERAL RESOURCES, IN REGARD TO OIL, FOR FEBRUARY 2007Ф of 16 March 2007, No ChD-6-21/197@ The data used for calculating the tax on the extraction of mineral resources, in regard to oil, for February 2007 were published as guidance, to be applied in actual practice:
- the average level of the prices of УUralsФ Ц 53.57 USD / barrel;
- the average USD - RRb exchange rate for all the days of the tax period Ц 26.3354;
- the value of price coefficient Ц 4.5133.
I. Tolmacheva Summary of taxation regulations adopted in February Ц March 1. Russian Federal Tax Service Letter No GV-6-05/172@ of 9 March 2007 and Russian Finance Ministry Letter No 03-04-07-02/4 of 14 February 2007 clarify issues of how to prepare forms for calculating advance payments on the single social tax and mandatory pension insurance payments for accounting periods in as well as issues of submmitting single social tax declarations by individual businessmen and lawyers for the year 2006. Since the Federal Tax Service believed it unnecessary to devise a new form, in 2007 Ц just as in 2006 Ц calculations submitted to tax authorities should be based on forms approved by Russian Finance Ministry Order No 48n of 24 March 2005. As for individual businessmen and lawyers submitting single social tax declarations for 2006, they should use Russian Tax and Levies Ministry Order No BG-3-05/649 of 13 November 2002.
2. Russian Finance Ministry Letter No 03-11-02/62 of 2 March 2007 sets the K1deflator coefficient for applying Chapter 26.3 on the single tax for imputed earnings for certain activities. The tax basis (imputed earnings) is calculated as a product of the basic yield on a certain type of business activity and the value of the physical factor characterizing this activity and the deflator coefficient.
Envisaged by Article 24 of Federal Law УOn Social AssociationsФ of 19 May 1995, No 82 Ц FZ, and by Article Ц of Federal Law УOn Noncommercial OrganizationsФ of 12 January 1996, No 7 Ц FZ.
The deflator coefficient is calculated as a product of annual coeffiecients for a series of consecutive years.
In 2006 it was set at 1.132. Russian Economic Development and Trade Ministry Order No 359 of 3 November 2006 sets the value of this coefficient for 2007 at 1.096. Thus, when the single tax on imputed earnings is calculated, starting on 1 January 2007 the value of the K1 coefficient should be 1.241 (i.e. 1.132*1.096).
3. Russian Federal Tax Service Order No ћћ-3-13/90@ of 27 February 2007 introduces changes to the format of submitting tax declarations, accounting and other reports that are used to calculate and pay taxes and levies electronically (version 3.00), as approved by Russian Taxes and Levies Ministry Order No BG-313/705@ of 22 December 2003.
Russian Federal Tax Service Letter No GI-6-04/135@ of 21 February 2007 explains the procudure for tax agents (organizations and their autonomous divisions) to submit information on individuals' incomes.
It is explained that the information is submitted to the tax authority either 1) at the location where the organisation's head office is registered with tax authorities Ц for the whole organisation, including its autonomous divisions, or 2) separately for the head office and its structural units.
5. Russian Finance Ministry, Federal Treasury and Central Bank Letters No 03-04-08-01/7; No 42-7.115/5.2-69 RF; No 20-“ of 20 February 2007 clarify issues of how the simplified procudere for individuals to declare their income is applied.
Applications for individuals' transfers of declaration payments are not sent by credit organizations to the relevant regional branches of the Federal Treasury. Instead they are kept by the credit organizations until January 2012. When a credit organization receives from an individual a payment document, an application for the transfer of the declaration payment, they themselves compile a document for the payment of the relevant amount to the account of the relevant regional branch of the Federal Treasury in compliance with regulations for registering information in the sections of payment documents for the transfer of taxes, levies and other payments to the Russian Federation budget system. There is no fee for transfering declaration payments.
6. Russian Federal Tax Service Letter No GB-6-05/214@ of 19 March 2007 and Russian Finance Ministry Letter No 03-04-07-02/3 of 30 January 2007 clarify the issue of recognizing that Ц for the purposes of calculating the single social tax Ц the definition of an agricultural producer provided in Federal Law No 193FZ of 8 December 1995 "On agricultural cooperation" and the definition of an organization engaged in agricultural production provided in Federal Law No 167-FZ of 15 January 2001 "On mandatory pension insurance in the Russian Federation" are identical.
L. Anisimova A review of budget legislation for March In March 2007, the RF President delivered, to the RF Federal Assembly and the RF Government, the Budget Message УOn Budgetary Policy in the Years 2008 Ц 2010Ф. Apart from this, the following changes took place in budget legislation: the Law УOn the Execution of the Budget of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation for the Year 2005Ф and the Law УOn the Budget of the Mandatory Medical Insurance Federal Fund for the Year 2007Ф were adopted. Also adopted were the Decree of the RF Government УOn the Measures Aimed at the Implementation of the Federal Law УOn the Federal Budget for the Year 2007Ф and a number of other legal acts of the RF Government.
The RF PresidentТs Budget Message to the Federal Assembly, of 9 March 2007, УOn Budgetary Policy in the Years 2008 Ц 2010Ф The Budget Message specifies the principal directions and aims of budgetary policy in 2008 Ц 2010. The Message analyzes the major results of budgetary policy in the years 2000 Ц 2006, and in particular, the creation of an efficient system for managing public finances, the reforming of interbudgetary relations, the adequate balancing of budget assets and liabilities, etc..
Also, the Message formulates the principles of budgeting strategy for the years 2008 Ц 2010 and for a longer term. The Federal Budget should become an efficient instrument of macroeconomic regulation. It is planned to ensure the long Ц term balancing of the budget and to reduce the rate of inflation to 3 Ц 4% per annum. It is also planned to increase the period of budgetary planning in the Russian national economy and to approve the federal budget for a three Ц year period as a base for switching over to long Ц term financial planning.
Also defined as major tasks are the achievement of an adequate execution of spending obligations, the analysis of the efficiency of all budget expenditures, the transition to modern principles of making state capital investments, etc.
Stated as major priorities are the allocation of funds to the implementation of high Ц priority national projects; the financing of measures designed to develop the agroindustrial complex; the execution of payments at the expense of parent (or holding) capital, etc. Also, the Message outlines certain measures designed to improve interbudgetary relations.
Federal legislation The Federal Law, of 28 February 2007, УOn the Execution of the Budget of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation for the Year 2005Ф The Law approves the report on executing the Social Insurance FundТs budget for the year 2005 in the amount of 186,692,034.8 thousand roubles on the revenue side, and in the amount of 165,311,675.8 thousand roubles on the expenditure side, with revenue exceeding expenditure by 21,380,359.0 thousand roubles with regard to the sources of internal financing of the deficit of the FundТs budget for the year 2005, and also with regard to the structure of the budgetТs expenditure by items, subitems, target items and the types of expenditures specified in the functional classification of expenditures of budgets of the Russian Federation.
Federal Law of 13 March 2007, No 35 Ц FZ, УOn the Introduction of Alterations in the Federal Law УOn the Budget of the Mandatory Medical Insurance Federal Fund for the Year 2007Ф. The Law enters into force as of the day of its official publication.
The Law introduces alterations in Article 8 of Federal Law of 29 December 2006, No 243 Ц FZ, УOn the Budget of the Mandatory Medical Insurance Federal Fund for the Year 2007Ф. The alterations are caused by the necessity to extend the time for completing the settlements with the mandatory medical insurance territorial funds with regard to the pharmaceuticals actually supplied to individual categories of citizens in the year 2006, and also by the necessity to determine the additional sources for the funding to be allocated in order to achieve these ends.
The alterations introduced by this Federal Law extend to the legal relations which have arisen since January 2007.
Legal acts of the RF Government The Decree of the RF Government, of 19 February 2007, УOn the procedure for the allocation, in the Year 2007, by the Mandatory Medical Insurance Federal Fund to the mandatory medical insurance territorial funds, of the resources to finance the implementation of the territorial programs of mandatory medical insurance within the basic program of mandatory medical insuranceФ In particular, the approved Procedure establishes that the Mandatory Medical Insurance Federal Fund should allocate, to the budgets of territorial funds, subsidies and resources from the federal budget.
The Decree specifies that the use of the afore-said resources should be purpose Ц oriented Ц the subsidies should be allocated to the implementation of the territorial programs of mandatory medical insurance, while the federal budgetТs resources Ц to the provision of state social aid to individual categories of citizens, in the form of supplying them with pharmaceuticals.
It is established that the jurisdiction of this document extends to the legal relations which have emerged since 1 January 2007.
Decree of the RF Government of 23 February 2007, No 126, УOn the Measures Aimed at the Implementation of the Federal Law УOn the Federal Budget for the Year 2007Ф.
The Decree establishes the procedure for executing the federal budget for the year 2007. It is pointed out that the execution of the federal budget should be effectuated in accordance with the consolidated revenue and expenditure of the 2007 federal budget and should follow the procedure established by the RF Ministry of Finance.
Also, the Decree determines the procedure for introducing alterations in the consolidated budget revenue and expenditure in the year 2007, and the procedure for approving the limits of budget obligations.
Apart from this, the Decree gives a number of instructions on the execution of the 2007 federal budget to the federal agencies of state authority Ц the administrators of the federal budgetТs revenues, and to the federal agencies of state authority Ц the administrators of the sources of internal and external financing of the federal budgetТs deficit. Also, it establishes the procedure for granting and spending the subventions and subsidies to be allocated from the federal budget to the budgets of subjects of the Russian Federation for various purposes envisaged by Federal Law of 19 December 2006, No 238 Ц FZ, УOn the Federal Budget for the Year 2007Ф.
Decree of the RF Government of 03 March 2007, No 137, УOn the approval of the procedure for granting the subsidies, from the Federal Fund for CoЦFinancing Social Expenditures, designed to partially compen sate the budgets of subjects of the Russian Federation for the expenditures on granting rent and utilities subsidies to citizensФ.
The approved Regulation determines the terms and procedure for granting the subsidies, from the Federal Fund for Co-Financing Social Expenditures, designed to partially compensate the budgets of subjects of the Russian Federation for the expenditures on granting the rent and utilities subsidies to citizens, and on calculating the size of these subsidies.
In this connection, the previously published decrees of the RF Government which contain similar norms are to be deemed to be null and void.
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