Changes in legislation in 2021

newsletter 14/01/2021

Termination of the moratorium on initiation of bankruptcy proceedings, electronic financial statements, continuation of the “regulatory guillotine”, cancellation of the unified tax on imputed income, tax benefits.

What important legislative changes are awaiting business in 2021?

I. ACTIVITY OF COMPANIES

  • January 7, 2021 is the date of the end of the moratorium on the initiation of bankruptcy proceedings for the business affected by the coronavirus.
    Source: the Government Decree from October 1, 2020 No.1587
  • From January 1, 2021, the scheduled inspections of small businesses have been suspended. Other business entities can be inspected remotely throughout the year, using audio and video communication. From July 31, 2021, instead of scheduled field inspections of companies and sole entrepreneurs, a new simplified form of control can be applied - an inspection visit, the period of which cannot exceed 1 working day. The period of standard documentary and field checks will not exceed 10 working days.
    Source: the Government Decree from November 30, 2020 No. 1969
  • From July 1, 2021, a new law on state and municipal control will come into force.
    Source: the Federal Law from July 31, 2020 No. 248-FL
  • From July 2021, a ban is introduced on any control (supervisory) activity without advanced inclusion of information about it in the Unified Register of Control (Supervisory) Activities.
    Source: Information by the Prosecutor General's Office from September 23, 2020
  • Sole entrepreneurs using the simplified tax system and patent tax system will be able to apply tax holidays until 2024 under a number of conditions: a law on tax holidays has been adopted in the region; a sole entrepreneur is registered after the adoption of this law and operates in a preferential industry.
    Source: the Federal Law from July 31, 2020 No. 266-FL
  • The right to use the patent tax system was granted to photographers, teachers, cooks and farmers.
    Source: the Federal Law from February 6, 2020 No. 8-FL
  • According to the Order of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, from January 1, 2021, new forms of declaration and certificate of conformity will come into force. The Order is valid until January 1, 2027. Then another update should be expected.
    Source: Orders of the Ministry of Industry and Trade from October 28, 2020 No. 3725 and No. 3726
  • Until July 1, 2021, sole entrepreneurs having no stuff and providing services and sell goods of their own production are allowed to continue working without cash register equipment.
    Source: the Federal law from June 6, 2019 No. 129-FL
  • As part of the implementation of the “regulatory guillotine” mechanism, some regulatory legal acts containing mandatory requirements for companies are no longer in force. For example, in ecology, energy, industrial safety, labor relations, labor protection.
    Source: the Federal Law from July 31, 2020 No. 247-FL
  • The transition to a “registry model” in licensing certain types of activities begins. The model assumes the refusal to provide licenses in paper form in favor of making an entry on the grant of a license in the license register.
    Source: the Federal Law from December 27, 2019 No. 478-FL

II. FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

  • Starting from the financial accounting for 2020, all organizations, including small businesses, are obliged to submit the reports in electronic form. Website of the Federal Tax Service provides an opportunity to fill out them in a personal account.
    Source: the Federal Law from November 28, 2018 No. 444-FL
  • Starting from the reporting for 2020, information on the average number of employees should be submitted once a year as a part of a new calculation of insurance premiums. Reports on the average number of employees are canceled. In Globas, the information about the average number of employees is saved.
    Source: the Federal Law from January 28, 2020 No. 5-FL
  • Starting from the financial accounting for 2021, the new Federal Accounting Standard 5/2019 "Inventories" will be applied, which is mandatory for all companies, except for budgetary organizations and micro-organizations with the right of simplified accounting. The standard has changed a lot in the accounting of materials, goods, finished products.
    Source: the Order of the Ministry of Finance from November 15, 2019 No. 180n

III. TAX AND BANKING CONTROL

  • From January 10, 2021, all cash transactions in the amount of 600,000 RUB or more, postal orders in the amount of 100,000 RUB or more, lease payments from 600,000 RUB and all settlements related to real estate transactions from 3 million RUB are subject to control. The limit for controlling operations related to the execution of the state defense order was also reduced from 50 million RUB to 10 million RUB. Previously, only transactions that were not due to the economic activities of the company or sole entrepreneur were subject to control. If suspicious transactions are identified, banks will report to the Federal Service for Financial Monitoring not only about the transactions, but also about other client actions that are associated with these transactions.
    Source: the Federal Law from July 13, 2020 No. 208-FL
  • The Ministry of Finance has prepared revolutionary amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, which will expand the tax authorities' access to banking secrecy: they will be able to receive data on transactions on the accounts of banks and their clients not only upon request, as now, but within the framework of regular information exchange with the Central Bank. The Bank of Russia, in turn, will be able to receive information constituting tax secrets from the Federal Tax Service. If the amendments are adopted, already in 2021, the "exchange of secrets" will greatly facilitate the collection of information on all cash flows in the country and de facto will make it possible to control expenses and income of companies and individuals.
    Source: Draft of the Federal Law "On Amendments to Articles 86 and 102 of Part One of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation"
  • From January 1, 2021, digital currency (hereinafter “DC”) and digital financial assets (hereinafter “DFA”) will start operating in Russia. DFAs are kept by the operator of the information system in which they are issued. The rights to DFA arise when a record is made in the information system about their belonging to an organization or sole entrepreneur. The Bank of Russia will maintain a register of operators and determine the types of DFA that only qualified investors will be able to acquire. So far, Russian organizations are prohibited from accepting DC as payment for goods, works and services; at the same time, DCs are equated to property. The groundwork for the future is obvious: the innovation will sooner or later lead to the cancellation of paper currency, which will become a turning point in the fight against corruption and money laundering.
    Source: the Federal Law from July 31, 2020 No. 259-FL

In 2021, it is planned to consider important bills related to the adopted amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation; transfer of employees to permanent, temporary or combined remote work; application, verification and punishment for errors in working with cash register equipment and other changes.
We will continue to inform you about these and other innovations in legislation and analyze the consequences of their application.