300000 Self-Employed Russians Quit Over Tax Hikes

RIA Novosti
Monday 11th March, 2013

MOSCOW, March 11 (RIA Novosti) – Almost 300,000 self-employed Russians have quit business in Russia in the past three months due to social tax hikes, an Economics Ministry official said on Monday. From January 1, 2013, the Russian government doubled the annual fixed-sum social security tax for individual entrepreneurs to 36,000 rubles ($1,200), in a move that directly affected babysitters, housemaids, tutors, handymen and other self-employed Russian workers earning 50,000-100,000 rubles a year. “The new tariffs that came into force from January 1, 2013 and doubled the taxation base for fixed-r…

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