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The proposal to exempt AI developers from personal income tax was submitted to the Ministry of Digital Development

October 16, 2020|

The "Artificial Intelligence" working group at ANO Digital Economy proposed to the The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation to include in the number of measures to support the IT industry the refund of personal income tax to IT specialists involved in the implementation of artificial intelligence.
A representative of the Ministry of Digital Development  told the publication that work on a package of support measures has not been completed at the moment. Its discussion with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko is scheduled for next Saturday.  The authors of the proposal believe that the refund of personal income tax will become an incentive measure for IT professionals and increase their personal interest in the implementation of AI. This will require changes to the Tax Code, they point out. The authors of the proposal do not specify who exactly should be considered as AI developers. According to Kristina Proskurina,  Head of the Big Data department of CROC, resetting personal income tax for IT specialists will require the creation of a separate register (similar, for example, to the register of domestic software) with a number of formal requirements. The implementation of the proposed measure is fraught with the fact that other classes of software can be retrained as using neural network algorithms and AI, says the general director of "Basalt SPO" Alexey Smirnov.  It also became known this week that the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC) has proposed to the government and relevant departments to extend the tax maneuver to IT companies of the digital circuit that provide digital services.  

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