Russia Will Begin Collecting Taxes in Digital Rubles from 2025

Several Russian 5000 rubles banknotes next to a pen on a tax/income declaration form.
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Russian tax authorities will start collecting taxes in digital rubles from 2025, with banks also handed powers to block “suspicious-looking” CBDC transactions.

Per the media outlet Klerk, recent tax code amendments – signed into law by President Vladimir Putin late last year – Russian tax authorities will “switch to collecting taxes in digital rubles from 2025.”

The media outlet added that the Ministry of Finance hopes to “begin paying pensions and other social benefits” in digital rubles.

The ministry has previously announced plans to make unspecified welfare and subsidy payments in CBDC coins this year.

As part of the expanding pilot, government organs have vowed to become more proactive with the coin in 2024.

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The ministry has suggested that it may seek to pay over $155 million worth of bills in digital rubles.

However, it has thus far refused to give more details about its plans, which could include “marked” or color-coded CBDC tokens.

Tax bodies, meanwhile, will likely begin with pilot CBDC tax payment projects sometime this year.

Russian citizens at a tax office.
A Russian tax office. (Source: Gorod/YouTube)

Taxes and More: Russia Building CBDC Infrastructure

Meanwhile, the news outlet RBC reported that banks will be handed the power to block CBDC transactions.

The media outlet explained that the nation’s anti-money laundering regulator Rosfinmonitoring is currently working on related legislation with the Central Bank.

The new law will allow banks to stop digital ruble transactions. They will be able to step in if they “suspect” that “these are being carried out for criminal purposes.”

The media outlet quoted German Neglyad, the Deputy Director of Rosfinmonitoring, as stating:

“Nothing should change for individuals for anti-money laundering procedures. Our basic position is that all anti-money laundering mechanisms that exist for other forms of the ruble will also work for the digital ruble.”

Last year, the regulator stated that it was monitoring some 25,000 Russian crypto holders in connection with money laundering suspicions.

Rofinmonitoring chiefs say have developed a tool that lets them track and de-anonymize crypto transactions on popular blockchain protocols.

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