Business news from Ukraine

KYIV CITY AUTHORITIES PLAN TO EXTEND BENEFITS TO SUPPORT SMALL, MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES

The Kyiv city authorities initiate the extension of benefits and simplification of procedures to support small and medium-sized businesses, which were adopted by Kyiv City Council in March 2020.
They will be submitted for consideration by the deputies of the newly elected Kyiv City Council, the press service of Kyiv City State Administration reported.
“Today we have gathered with business representatives to discuss problematic issues that have arisen in connection with the weekend quarantine. I want to note that the city is interested in keeping the quarantine as low as possible. The city budget, like business representatives, incurs losses due to restrictions on the activities of entrepreneurs and non-payment of taxes. In the spring, within the limits of our authority, we introduced a set of measures to support small and medium-sized businesses. Our main task now is to continue these benefits until the end of quarantine. We are honest with our entrepreneurs, we are partners. By joint efforts we will be able to achieve the desired result,” deputy chairman of Kyiv City State Administration Oleksandr Kharchenko said.
At the same time, he reported that in order to reduce the rate of the virus spread, it is necessary that patients and contact persons strictly adhere to quarantine and self-isolation.
In turn, representatives of the restaurateur community reported that the benefits introduced by the city in March 2020 made it much easier for them to bear the first quarantine restrictions.
Participants in the meeting also discussed the main problematic issues, and based on its results, clear positions were formed, on the basis of which the relevant department will develop a plan for further actions.

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UKRAINE PLANS TO INTRODUCE TAX BENEFITS TO SUPPORT CULTURE, TOURISM AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

The Verkhovna Rada intends to amend the Tax Code of Ukraine to support culture, tourism and creative industries.
Some 273 MPs voted in favor of bill No. 3851 at first reading.
According to an explanatory note to the bill, the document proposes to introduce tax mechanisms to provide state support to the spheres of culture, tourism and creative industries in order to prevent their stagnation, preserve and create new jobs.
The bill, in particular, proposes not to tax corporate profits, income of individuals, and a single income tax in the form of a cultural grant.
According to the bill, a cultural grant means “targeted assistance in the form of funds or property, which are provided on a free and irrevocable basis at the expense of the national and/or local budgets, international technical assistance for the implementation of a project or a program in the fields of culture, tourism and creative industries.
In addition, in terms of value added tax, it is proposed not to tax operations on import into the customs territory of Ukraine (import of goods) that are part of the national cinematic heritage.
It is also proposed not to tax certain operations for the supply of national films until January 1, 2025, and from January 1, 2023 to January 1, 2025, not to tax operations on the supply of services for the demonstration, distribution and screening of national films and foreign films that are dubbed, voiced in the state language on the territory of Ukraine, provided that such films are adapted, in accordance with the legislation, in the Ukrainian language version for persons with visual and hearing impairments.

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