In order to engage public and business
into the discussion of the tax reform proposed by the Ministry of Finance, the
first public discussion «National dialogue: discussion of the tax reform
concept» initiated by the prime minister of Ukraine took place on October 12 in
The event was attended by more than 70
representatives of local companies, business associations and local government.
Among the participants of the panel discussion which took place during the
event were deputy minister of finance Olena Makeyeva, head of Lviv regional
administration Oleg Synyutka, president of Lviv Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dmytro
Aftanas, head of the Entrepreneurs’ committee of Lviv region Andriy Hrynchuk and representatives of companies from Lviv.
«The Ministry of Finance has been in an
active dialogue with the public for the last seven months, as we have been
developing the tax reform. Proposals which were presented by minister of
finance Nataliya Jaresko on
September 3 at the National Council for Reforms are exactly the proposals given
to us by entrepreneurs. But we are ready to continue this dialogue», deputy
finance minister Olena Makeyeva
said during the meeting.
According to the deputy finance minister,
during the discussions with the Minister of Finance on the issues of the tax
reform businessmen mostly criticized the excessive tax burden on salaries as
well as the intransparent tax revenue management.
That is why the Minister of Finance was striving to create a simple taxation
model setting up equal and fair rules for all branches of the economy.
The head of Lviv
regional administration Oleg Synyutka pointed out in
his speech that Lviv region has always been keen not
only on its own local problems - it has also always taken care of the
macroeconomic interests of the country. «Today we must be aware that we can’t
just proclaim populist slogans like liquidating or minimizing taxes etc. We
must understand: even if the government approves a significant cut in taxes,
the period between this decision and the expected rise of the business turnover
and hence the rise in tax revenues will be very hard. Even if we dare make this
step, it will be very important in this period for non-governmental
organizations to speak one voice with the government to make the receivers of
social welfare understand that it is impossible to cover all their needs».
According to Mykhaylo
Koropetsky, the representative of Lviv
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, its member companies support the idea of flat
tax rates proposed by the Ministry of Finance, though they propose a lower
rate. On the other side, the moderator of the event, head of the Ukrainian
Media Center for Reforms Taras Kachka,
warned against a too radical tax cut, since «an increasing gap between the
expenses and revenues of the state budget results in a higher number of claims
from tax authorities which especially affect payers who actually pay all taxes
The draft of the tax reform proposed by
the Ministry of Finance was also basically approved by representatives of big
local companies who attended the meeting.
«As far as the general concept of the tax
reform is concerned, we support it. It’s core aim is
to lower the tax burden on salaries which is very important for big companies»,
Vasyl Danylyak, financial
manager of the company «Galnaftogaz», said. According
to Mr. Danylyak, “Galnaftogaz”
belongs to 1% of Ukrainian companies with the highest contribution to the state
According to the vice-president of the
company “SoftServe” Oleg Denys, the IT branch has
also «found mutual understanding with the Ministry of Finance». «We are ready
to incrementally increase the tax rate [single tax system]. Within several
years it could be increased from 4 to 10%... We are not asking for preferences,
but we are asking not to make sharp moves when amending the taxation system»,
Oleg Denys pointed out.
Head of the Entrepreneurs’ committee of Lviv region Andriy Hrynchuk also mentioned the issue of tax disputes and
demand of business for their civilized handling. As a feedback to that, head of
Lviv regional administration Oleg Synyutka
proposed to launch an experiment in the region allowing to
invite external experts to handle disputes between companies and the
State Fiscal Service. Igor Pikhurko, who is head
of the tax and accounting committee of the Western Ukrainian office of the
European Business Association and financial manager of the company “Hafele”, added that for a significant improvement in the
tax revenue management it would be nice to use the new-born Ukrainian police as
a sample for the reform of the State Fiscal Service.
The next public discussion of the tax
reform on the platform of the “National dialogue” will take place in Kharkiv.
Key facts on the project «National
dialogue: discussion of the tax reform concept»
- the project was
initiated by prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk;
project is implemented by the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine jointly with the
Ukrainian Media Center for Reforms and with the support of the Fund «Vidrodzhennya»;
discussions with experts, entrepreneurs and the public shall take place in Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsyk and Kyiv;
- the public discussion in Lviv was attended by approximately 80 representatives of
companies and business associations from Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk
regions as well as by representatives of local public authorities;
the participants of the panel discussion which took place during the event were
deputy minister of finance Olena Makeyeva,
head of Lviv regional administration Oleg Synyutka, president of Lviv
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dmytro Aftanas, representative of Lviv
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mykhaylo Koropetsky, head of the Entrepreneurs’ committee of Lviv region Andriy Hrynchuk, vice-president of "Galnaftogaz"
Vasyl Danylyak, vice-president
of “SoftServe” Oleg Denys, head of the tax and
accounting committee of the Western Ukrainian office of the European Business
Association and financial manager of the company “Hafele”
Igor Pikhurko. The moderator of the event was Taras Kachka, head of the
Ukrainian Media Center for Reforms.