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During the pandemic, their ranks were joined by copywriters, marketers, legal consultants and accountants working remotely.

The number of self-employed in the capital has grown 2.4 times compared to last year. As of February 1, there were 504.6 thousand of them. Moscow has 30 percent of the total number of self-employed in Russia.

“The popularity of the special tax regime for the self-employed among Muscovites continues to grow. Despite the fact that January is traditionally a month of quiet business activity, during this period the number of self-employed people increased by 25 thousand, which corresponds to the average monthly indicator of the previous year. In January 2021, the Moscow budget received 336 million rubles of tax on professional income, which is 2.6 times more than in January 2019, ”said the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations

Vladimir Efimov.

Self-employed are people who prefer to work for themselves, while they want to receive legal income, cooperate with customers under official contracts, pay taxes and be able to confirm income for obtaining a loan or visas. During the pandemic, the ranks of the self-employed were joined by specialists providing services remotely. These are copywriters, marketers, legal consultants, accountants.

“Along with the constant increase in the number of self-employed in Moscow, their incomes are also growing. The average check size as of February 1 was 1943 rubles, an increase of 34 percent compared to the same indicators of the previous year, “- said the Minister of the Moscow Government, head of the Moscow

Department of Economic Policy and Development Kirill Purtov.

Since last summer, self-employed people have the opportunity to participate in public procurement for portal suppliers. It was created in 2013 to automate small volume procurement processes. Every day more than a thousand contracts are concluded on the portal, and the catalog of unique goods, works and services contains over one million items.

Portal users who have indicated the category “self-employed citizen” in their personal account can conduct transactions and take part in auctions on an equal basis with representatives of small and medium-sized businesses. At the same time, the benefits for them remain. Self-employed pay tax on professional activities at a reduced rate (four or six percent) and can act as executors of government orders. The supplier portal is already used by about two thousand self-employed, among them photographers, event organizers, accountants, carriers and other specialists.

“The service helps them to conduct business, receive new orders, find partners, additional sources of income and sales markets, and for government customers – a suitable service provider. Participation in purchases and the conclusion of contracts takes place remotely, which simplifies interaction with the customer, “said the Minister of the Moscow Government, head

Information Technology Department Eduard Lysenko.

Self-employed, along with other business representatives, can track purchases, receive notifications and maintain electronic document flow in their personal account. A useful function has been introduced for them that allows you to control the volume of cash receipts. Self-employed are individuals and legal entities whose annual income is no more than 2.4 million rubles. Thanks to the new function, when the amount approaches the allowable limit, the entrepreneur will receive a corresponding notification, which will help him maintain his self-employed tax status. If his profit exceeds the specified value, he will need to switch to another tax regime.

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Muscovites who decide to get self-employed status can count on educational and consulting support. The use of online products, registration for educational events, consultations and other programs are available to Muscovites on the website of the Small Business of Moscow (MBM) project. “According to a survey conducted among MBM clients, more than 42 percent of this category of entrepreneurs consider educational programs to be an important measure of support,” said the head Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of the City of Moscow Alexey Fursin.

In February, several free training events were held for those registered with this status. Among them are the online forum “Self-Employed-2021”, to which more than 1300 participants have registered, and a series of courses “Self-Employed – Instructions for Use”.

You can learn more about the current measures of support for entrepreneurs in the capital on the portal mbm.mos.ru.

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