The Ministry of Emergency Situations is launching a third package of measures to support the IT industry, said the head of the department Maksut Shadayev at a meeting between the government and business representatives on Saturday. According to him, the Ministry of Education is moving in ten directions, which include taxes, grants, loans, deferment from the army, etc.
The draft resolution of the Ministry of Culture on granting deferment from the army to IT specialists is already in the government, Shadayev said. According to him, it is received by employees of companies accredited to the Ministry of Finance who have specialized education or education closely related to IT specialties. “We propose to provide deferment from the army to IT specialists who also work in companies for which IT is important, but not the main part – banks, media, budget organizations,” Shadayev said.
He also added that it is necessary to create incentives for young developers in demand in the international market to stay inside the country. The Ministry of Finance has offered a preferential mortgage at 5% for IT specialists aged 22 to 40 with an income of 200,000 rubles a month in cities with a population of millions and 150,000 rubles in the regions. “We hope that regions such as Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod will additionally close rates at 3% at their own expense to ensure that mortgages are below 2%,” Shadayev said. He estimates that in the next three years, the preferential mortgage program may cover 50,000 IT professionals.
According to Shadayev, the number of IT companies that can receive benefits will increase. Now it will be all software integrators who implement Russian software, which they do not own. “The old story with” 1C “, when” 1C “partners, who successfully carry out digital transformation at the enterprise, did not fall under the first tax maneuver,” Shadayev cited the example. Benefits also apply to all online companies that are commercialized by selling advertising or selling subscriptions to content. The head of the Ministry of Finance noted that the agency has a preliminary agreement with the Ministry of Finance that the third package will also cover companies that produce Russian software and hardware in various fields, including cybersecurity.
“We have agreed in advance with the Ministry of Finance that we are removing the limit on the number of employees in IT companies – before there should have been at least seven, but now very small companies will be able to take advantage,” the minister added.
According to him, another task of the ministry is to load developers who have resigned due to the termination of some export contracts. “We have decided that this process must be supported primarily financially, so we are increasing the amount of grants that will be allocated through the ministry,” Shadayev said.
In 2022, the Ministry of Finance plans to allocate grants worth 20 billion rubles. Grants will be allocated to replace corporate solutions through large anchor customers who can implement innovative Russian products. Custom products that are not related to the corporate segment will also be financed by us, Shadayev promised. According to him, the upper limit of grants for startups will grow to 500 million rubles for product development and implementation. “And according to some decisions, we have the opportunity to allocate up to 6 billion rubles for particularly large major developments,” said the head of the Ministry of Finance.
The credit co-financing scheme will return to the 80% rate of 20% by 2022 instead of the previous 50% rate of 50%.