Senator, member of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Olga Kovitidi commented on Monday, April 24, that the government had submitted to the State Duma a bill to increase the tax rate for Russian freelancers working from abroad.
Earlier that day, a bill was submitted to the State Duma to raise the tax rate to 30% for Russians working from abroad. The measure will apply to those who work outside the country for more than six months and have lost their tax residency, Zvezda TV channel reports.
If the amendments are adopted, they will come into force on January 1, 2024, writes Pravda.Ru. Innovations will apply to all employees who use the Russian segment of the Internet for work, as well as software, hardware and technical means located in the country. Amendments can be made to Art. 208 of the Tax Code, which defines income from sources in Russia and abroad
At the same time, the Ministry of Finance emphasized that the amendments do not affect employees who work under labor contracts, for them the tax conditions do not change in any way.
“We also draw your attention to the fact that the bill is currently being finalized at the site of the representatives of the Russian Federation,” the ministry said in a Telegram channel.
Kovitidi also stressed that these amendments will not affect employees working under labor contracts.
“The tax rate for other citizens who, in the difficult realities for the country, decided to leave Russia, should be higher, this is obvious. The law is fair, correct and extremely relevant, ”she explained in an interview with RT.
On February 8, lawyer Alexei Gavrishev told Izvestia how tax residency works and how it affects the size of the tax rate. From the moment of the loss of the status of a resident of the country for those working under a civil law contract (GPC), employers will withhold not 13% of wages, but 30%, the lawyer noted.