: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Groysman promises easier taxation, tax personnel lay-offs

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman says that the Ukrainian government should revisit tax system reform, while focusing on the simplification of tax administration, enhancement of tax authorities` responsibility, and a reduction in tax personnel at the State Fiscal Service (SFS).
”There cannot be 58,000 men who, as they say, are busy with collecting taxes. Taxes should be paid, and the SFS should be a customer service agency. It must be clear that there should not be any double standards. VAT will be refunded as scheduled. And none will be able to impose penalties worth millions that may be later written off in exchange for bribes,” the prime minister said at a government meeting during the presentation of the government`s draft action plan.
Groysman stressed that businesses must have confidence that the country`s tax system will remain unchanged for at least three or five years, and that changes in taxation should be predictable both for businesses and investors.
Memo. The State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, which incorporates the tax and customs services, as well as tax police, was formed on the basis of the Income and Tax Ministry, which was disbanded in March 2014 after a new government led by Arseniy Yatsenyuk came to power.
Sources in the government say that the Cabinet prepares key staff reshuffles at the SFS. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman earlier stated he was intending to proceed with the inspection of the customs offices across Ukraine, as well as analyze HR-related moves among top customs officials made before May 1, 2016.


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