What are the social contributions in Russia?

Annual salaries of all employees are taxed under the following rules (effective 2015):

  • Contributions to the Social Insurance Fund: only the first RUB 670,000 is taxed (at a rate of 2.9%);
  • Contributions to the Pension Fund: the first RUB 711,000 is taxed at 22%, and the excess is taxed at 10%;
  • Contributions to the Medical Insurance Fund: a 5.1% rate applies to the total salary.

Remuneration of foreign nationals temporarily staying in Russia is covered by (1) pension insurance contributions at a rate of 22% within the threshold of RUB 711,000 and a 10% top-up charge on remuneration paid in excess of the threshold; and (2) social insurance contributions at a rate of 1.8% within the threshold of RUB 670,000. The only exception made is for highly qualified specialists (with a respective work permit).