NOVO-OGAREVO, March 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin made a proposal in his televised address to the nation on Wednesday to introduce a 13-percent tax on interest gains from deposits and investments into securities amounting to more than 1 million rubles ($12,600).
"I suggest introducing a tax on interest gain at the rate of 13% for citizens, whose total amount of bank contributions or investments into debentures is over 1 million rubles ($12,600). That is, I reiterate, the individual income tax will apply only to the interest received from such investments and not to the deposit," he said.
The withholding tax applies to interest gains of individuals from deposits and investments into securities in many countries, Putin said.
"I would like to stress that this measure will cover just about one percent of depositors. At the same time, conditions for depositing funds with Russian banks will remain lucrative and among having the highest yield globally," the head of state added.