The Ministry of Finance proposed to introduce a tax on the income of self-employed citizens – there are less than a thousand registered in Russia, RIA Novosti reports.

According to Deputy Finance Minister Ilya Trunin, the agency has already prepared a bill according to which self-employed citizens will pay a professional income tax: the rate will be about 3% if services are rendered to individuals and 6% if legal.

The law will include all those who provide private services without the help of employees and receive income from the sale of goods and services, “except for some not falling under this regime,” noted Trunin. In particular, it will affect tutors, nannies, aides and many others.

According to him, the Ministry of Finance proposes “the most simple and convenient regime for paying tax at a special rate.” The new taxation regime is expected to work from 2019 as a pilot project in several regions.

It is known that for this to develop a mobile application, users who can go through biometric identification, monthly indicate income and pay tax. As the deputy minister stressed, no other taxes or fees will be levied on such incomes.

At the same time, Ilya Trunin recalled the responsibility for illegal entrepreneurial activity and sanctions for non-payment of taxes. In 2017, as he noted, the government introduced a tax amnesty for registered self-employed citizens. As a result, by the beginning of 2018 only 936 people were registered.

According to the Federal State Statistics Service, in the first quarter of 2017 there were more than 13 million self-employed people – 18.7% of the working population. Also increased the proportion of those who do not pay taxes from informal back-breaking, to 35.5% compared with 30.4% in 2016.

The Center for Socio-Political Monitoring of the Russian Academy of Sciences notes that since 2016 the number of Russians who have earned money increased by 5.1% and reached 35.5%. Among self-employed citizens, 62.2% work unofficially.

In June 2016, the head of Karelia, Alexander Khudilainen, demanded from the Education Minister of the republic to “sort out” the teachers who are looking for work by tutors through a special website. The governor was outraged that teachers “work in the education system without reporting additional incomes”.

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