The introduction of an exit capital tax, envisaged by the draft law on amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine regarding the tax on exit capital (No. 8557), will draw the attention of tax authorities to companies carrying out foreign economic operations, expert for transfer pricing at Evris law firm Yekateryna Kuzmina has told Interfax-Ukraine. “Companies that carry out foreign economic operations will be under a special attention of tax authorities in case this tax is introduced. In view of the fact that the exit capital tax is focused on foreign economic transactions, the controlling authorities will pay closer attention to compliance with transfer pricing rules, since this will be one of the main instruments to ensure new tax payment,” she said.
The expert noted that since the exit capital tax will have to be paid for each specific operation, the controlling bodies will no longer need to conduct long-term tax inspections as to the correctness of determining the financial result, in theory it will be enough for them to analyze bank statements and contracts.
“Thus, it is likely that the controlling bodies will concentrate their entire attention on initiating and conducting inspections,” Kuzmina believes.
She noted a number of changes in transfer pricing that will occur after the alleged adoption of the exit capital tax, in particular, small businesses will be required to prepare reporting on transfer pricing, the accumulated losses or other costs will not be able to compensate for the need to pay the exit capital tax to the budget, in addition, control over compliance with transfer pricing rules will be tightened.
Kuzmina noted that the practice of the exit capital tax is unpopular in the world – such taxes exist only in Estonia (since 2000), Georgia (since 2017), and Latvia (since 2018). It is assumed that the introduction of this tax will stimulate Ukrainian companies to invest in the development, building up business or production.
“This is due to the fact that if companies reinvest the earned funds in the development and do not withdraw resources from the enterprise by paying dividends, irrevocable financial assistance, free transfer of goods, labor and services, royalties, interest and other operations that lead to withdrawal of capital from the company, there will be no object for exit capital tax and the companies will not pay the tax. Thus, the importance of transfer pricing rules that regulate foreign economic operations rises significantly,” the expert summed up.