The Ministry of Finance of Russia has recently represented an update for the regulation of cryptocurrencies. Their new proposal includes an obligation for all Russian cryptocurrency holders to declare transactions on cryptocurrency and reporting on holding cryptocurrency wallets.
The Ministry of Finance has sent an updated proposal on possible cryptocurrency regulation called "On digital financial assets, digital currency" to all departments that take part in the discussion including the Ministry of Digital Industry, Central Bank, the Federal Tax Service, eth. The law is expected to be adopted from January 1, 2021.
According to the report by the Kommersant, a new update proposes even more strict rules to all cryptocurrency users in Russia. Such as, this update proposes that each individual owner of cryptocurrencies who received or transfer cryptocurrencies and other digital assets in total amount of 100 thousand rubles (around $1,279 USD) per year or more must declare it. And the failure to declare crypto assets to the tax authority may lead to a fine in the amount of 30% of crypto assets, but not less than 50 thousand rubles.
Failure to declare transactions of more than 1 million rubles (around $12,790 USD) per will be punished with a fine of up to 300 thousand rubles, or up to 6 months in prison. Individuals and businesses who fail to declare transactions equivalent to over 5 million rubles ($63,950 USD) may get a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles or up to three years in prison.
The forced labor can be used as a punishment as well.
The Ministry of Finance also proposed to invite local and foreign exchanges to report about the transactions of Russian citizens with cryptocurrency every quarter to the tax authorities of Russian Federation.
Russian authorities have been working and discussing the legislative boundaries on cryptocurrency since January 2018, when the first version of “On Digital Financial Assets” bill was drafted. Due to the worldwide pandemics of COVID-19 and recent closedown of Russian borders, the government decided to postpone the issuance of a new law again. Now the law is expected to be adopted only starting January 1, 2021 and its final version is to be announced.
Rissian authorities stated earlier about the possible ban on any cryptocurrency action in the country. However, within several years of discussion, the Ministries have changed their mind. Now they are more focused on the taxation framework, as it brings the most of the profits to the state budget, and the fact that if the use of cryptocurrency assets is completely banned, it might also cost Russia lots of money lost to the shadow economy.