The Federal Tax Service is authorized to keep the Register of acts of civil status

Since January 1, 2018 all acts of civil status are to be entered to the Federal information system of the Unified state register of acts of civil status. It is ordered by the Federal law №219-FL “On the amendments to the Federal law “On acts of civil status” as of 23.06.2016. The Federal Tax Service will be served as the operator of this information system.

The Unified state register of acts of civil status (herein after “the Register”) is defined by the law as a classified e-set of documentary information obtained after state registration of acts of civil status and other legal acts made by registry offices. The Register also contains data on documents about the citizens of Russia from the relevant authorities of foreign states.

The Federal law provides transferring the registers of state registration of acts of civil status from paper to electronic format up to December 31, 2019. Nowadays registry offices under the Ministry of Justice of the RF are responsible for keeping the registers. The rules of transferring are approved by the RF Government Decree №254 as of 03.03.2017.

Functioning of the Federal information system of the Unified state register of acts of civil status is carried out under the Federal law №149-FL “On information, information technologies and information protection” as of 27.07.2006 and Federal law №152-FL “On personal data” as 27.07.2006.

Being the operator of the Federal information system of the Unified state register of acts of civil status, the Federal Tax Service is obliged to:

  • provide formation and operation of the information system;
  • process of data, including personal data;
  • provide steady daily and full-time operation of the information system;
  • protect and provide data from the information system.

All records of acts of civil status and other information about the citizens of Russia containing in the Register are to be permanently kept. Erasure and deletion of data are prohibited. Previously made records should be saved when correcting or amending.

Information in the Register has to be verified with enhanced encrypted and certified digital signature of the head or authorized officer of the registry office. Transfer of paper registers containing data on the citizens of Russia entered before coming the law into force is permissible only after doubling the information in e-format.

According to the experts, implementation of the law will enable the creation of the unified state information resource containing data of all acts of civil status. It will allow transferring to legally relevant e-document management in registration of acts of civil status. Moreover, the terms of provision of this public service will be shortened and applicants will be allowed for obtaining the service domiciliary or in the selected registry office.

In their turn, tax authorities will be more informed in interconnection of different persons, including natural persons and legal entities. Collection of data on citizens for charging taxes, fees and payments to extra-budgetary funds will become easier, that will influence the strengthening of tax discipline.

Statistical data on annually registered acts of civil status in Russia (Picture 1) allow assessing the scale of preparations to transferring the records to e-format and further keeping of the Register.

Number of registered acts of civil status, units per year (according to the Ministry of Justice of the RF)
Picture 1. Number of registered acts of civil status, units per year (according to the Ministry of Justice of the RF)
Countryside real estate is highly prized again

Tendencies and prospects of the market development

The countryside real estate market takes off. After overcoming the crisis effects successfully, the industry opens new development phase. Sustained market growth is guaranteed by client-centeredness and further strengthening of the economy of the country.

A new hope. Financial crisis had an impact on all industries of the economy, as well as real estate market including countryside. Market volume in 2016 decreased almost by one third compared to 2015. In comparison with 2014, the decrease was 50%. The beginning of 2017 was marked by the improvement of economic indicators in different industries including countryside real estate, first of all, in Moscow suburbs and Leningrad region. Cottages that were fallen in price by one third at average in 2016 became again attractive for buyers in the spring of 2017. By the way, buying activity growth is typical for objects that have an attractive location, reasonable prices and are realized by reliable developers.

Large areas, finished decoration. Growth in the countryside real estate market is marked with several trends. First of all, increase in demand is observed for houses and land property of sufficiently large area. It is untypical for the market while for several years an inverse trend was observed with decrease in transaction costs.

Stabilization of the national currency rate and therewith financial strength of target audience played a great role: customers are again interested in big households (more than 500 sq. m) and large land properties (more than 20 Ares). Growth of elite and premium segment of the countryside real estate with transaction costs more than 30 mln RUB is observed. Second of all, houses with finished decoration and townhouses are becoming more popular in the countryside market.

Growth sources. According to the experts, development of business-segment with costs up to 15 mln RUB can be one of the upcoming trends of the market growth. However, while realizing such projects it is necessary to pay attention to requests of the customers that not only want to buy real estate, but also are interested in good access to transportation and infrastructure. Decrease in exploitation costs for countryside houses can be important for increase in demand in the market. And, finally, mortgage development also helps the market growth. Now mortgage transactions volume is about 15% of total sales in the market. It is unprofitable for banks to grant loans for buying of countryside real estate, because countryside house has low liquidity, and according to legislation, status of townhouses is not finally identified. Realtors` task is alongside with attractiveness of mortgage transactions for potential customers to make them profitable for banks.

If currently the countryside real estate market is returning to positive dynamics, in 2018 many experts expect its sustainable growth. Further strengthening of the rouble rate and general stabilization of the economic situation in the country should contribute to that. However, it will be possible to achieve sustainable rates of development if the market starts to consider all requests and interests of the customers well and truly.