Agenda: draft federal laws and budget allocations
Mikhail Mishustin’s opening remarks:
Good afternoon, colleagues!
Before discussing today’s agenda, I would like to say a few words about the support for people who have lost their jobs. This is a difficult situation which people find it hard to overcome without government assistance.
The Government resolution on extending until the end of August the period during which the unemployed will be entitled to an increased allowance has been signed. This instruction was given by the President. These measures cover both people who receive minimum payments and those who get the highest allowance of 12,130 roubles to ensure timely payments to the jobless.
The Government will allocate over 13.5 billion roubles for this purpose to ensure timely payments to the unemployed before the end of summer.
Today, we will discuss the allocation of over 5 billion roubles to doctors, paramedics and junior medical personnel, the drivers of ambulances who work all over the country, employees of medical facilities subordinate to government bodies, and all those who continue working and helping coronavirus patients on a daily basis. This applies to holiday pay or compensation for the time off they had to give up. Additional stimulating payments will be taken into account in their calculation. It is very important to carefully observe the rights of these employees.
We will also discuss support for the entrepreneurs who use a simplified taxation system. We will alleviate tax terms for those who will exceed the limits by a small margin both on profits or number of staff. With this aim in view, we will make amendments to a relevant draft law that has already passed the first reading in the State Duma.
Today, the entrepreneurs whose profits exceeded 150 million roubles or who employ over 100 people have to transfer to the general taxation system. We have offered those that are not yet ready for such a change to use the transitional tax regime. It allows bigger limits on the profits and number of personnel with a small increase in tax rates. To make this measure more effective, the Government will allow such companies to start the next calendar year from scratch, that is, to pay 6 or 15 percent depending on what is taxed.
We continue helping the industries that have been hit by the coronavirus spread. Fulfilling the President’s instruction, today the Government will allocate 320 million roubles for subsidies to Russian shipping companies that are involved in sea and river cruises. They were forced to sit idle this year. The navigation period was short and their profits decreased. The allocated funds will help these companies get reimbursed for part of their leasing expenses.