MOSCOW, October 23 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian Federal Tax Service (FTS) has pointed to the significant hike of tax payments through the Internet. Although the service was launched in June 2011, more than 600,000 payments of taxes and indebtedness total worth almost 400 million roubles (USD 1 = RUB 31.12) were fulfilled over this period.
Owing to the launch of a special service “Personal Account of a Private Taxpayer” on the official website of the Federal Tax Service (www.nalog.ru), the taxpayer, while staying at home, can receive full information about accrued items, debts, overpayments and estate and assets subjects to tax.
Lately, the FTS website became the most popular Internet-resource among others belonging to Russia’s governmental organisations (more than six million visits per month). Now, 32 interactive E-service are working at the website.
So, more than 20,000 legal entities and self-employed entrepreneurs are registered by the Federal Tax Service in compliance with packages of documents delivered by the Internet.
Under Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s instruction, the FTS created a web-service to form a bid for the registration of a self-employed entrepreneur without a digital signature – for the owners of mobile devices, including iPads.
In addition, the Federal Tax Service pointed to the hike of those legal entities, who deliver their tax reporting through the Internet. In July-September 2012, as many as 75.8 percent of organisations and 69.4 self-employed entrepreneurs delivered their tax reports through the internet.
The Internet services improved significantly the tax administering of the FTS, its officials stated.
On Tuesday, the World Bank published its regular Doing Business rating review, in compliance with which Russia ranked 112th (thus raising by eight points). The Bank pointed to the best achievements in the Tax Administering item, where Russia removed from the 105 position (in 2011) to the 64th in the current year.
According to the World Bank, Russia managed to reduce considerably administrative barriers, ease many formalities and introduce efficiently special software and e-services.
The FTS experts are also confident that the reform of pre-court tax dispute resolution procedure improved the indicators, which made it possible to reduce the total number of taxpayers’ complaints and tax disputes in courts.
The public opinion poll, which was held at the beginning of the year and which was aimed at the assessment the efficiency of the taxation organisations’ work with taxpayers, showed that 75.4 percent of taxpayers were satisfied with the quality of the FTS service, as compared to 67.6 percent in 2008.