IT companies in Russia in 2024

  • develop and sell software and databases
  • provide services and perform work on developing, adapting, modifying software and databases
  • installing, testing, and maintaining these same software and databases
Licensing — not required.
State accreditation — upon request, provides benefits, including tax incentives.
Accreditation is carried out by the Ministry of Digital Development of Russia.

Cannot be accredited:
  • does not meet the criteria (OKVED, etc.)
  • government owns more than 50%
  • credit, insurance, telecom operators
  • tax debt of more than 3,000 rubles
  • company is in the list of the Government of Russia
  • general manager with a criminal record
  • there is no consent to disclose tax secrets
  • Insurance contributions — 7,6% instead of 30%
  • Corporate profit tax — 0% (2022- 2024) instead of 20%
  • Simplified tax — rate is set by local authorities, in Moscow region — 1% instead of 6% and 5% instead of 15%
  • VAT — 20% standard rate 0% for sales and maintenance of software from the Russian software registry
  • Accreditation
  • Revenue from IT more than 70% in total revenue
Conditions to be in the register:
  • software is sold in Russia
  • owner of an IT company is Russian legal entity or individual
  • interface in Russian
  • revenue from foreign clients no more than 30%
  • preferential mortgage for employees up to 5% per annum
  • exemption from inspections in 2022−2024
  • loans at preferential rates from 1% to 5%
  • deferment from military service
  • simplified employment of foreigners
  • simplified residence permit for foreign employees
  • Decree of the Government of RussiaNo. 1729 of 30.09.2022 (as amended by Decree of the Government of Russia No. 296 of 22.02.2023 (Procedure for accreditation of IT companies)
  • Tax Code of the Russia (Article 149, paragraph 2, subparagraph 26 (VAT), Article 427, paragraph 2.2 (insurance contributions), Article 284, paragraph 1.15 (corporate income tax)
  • Civil Code of Russia (Articles 1261, 1235, 1286)
  • FSBU 26/2020 Capital investments
  • PBU 14/2007 Intangible assets
  • Decree of the President of RussiaNo. 83 of 03/02/2022 (measures to support the IT industry)

Accreditation procedure for IT companies

Requirements for accreditation of an IT company

  • OKVED (codes of economic ativities)
Every year before July 1, companies undergo the procedure of confirmation of accreditation requirements. Must be provided for in the Application No. 1 to the Regulations on State Accreditation: development of computer software, consulting services in this area and other related services and others kinds.

  • Salary
Average salary of employees no less than the average for Russia or region in which the organization is registered. The number of employees does not matter.

  • Revenue
Income from IT activities is more than 30%.

  • Website
The official website of the organization contains information about ongoing IT activities in Russian.
Simplified accreditation procedure — there is no salary requirement, if:
  • total income more than 1 million rubles
  • the software is included in the Russian software register
  • there is income from the sale of this software
For startups (less than 3 years old) accreditaion is without proof of income, if:
  • total income since creation less than 1 million rubles
  • registration in the regional register of startups
Every year before July 1, companies undergo the procedure of confirmation of accreditation requirements.
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