National joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy and companies incorporated in it tentatively paid UAH 136.5 billion of taxes and dividends to the national budget in 2018, which is 27.2% more than in 2017. According to the press service of Naftogaz, in particular, dividends were paid in the amount of UAH 29.5 billion, royalties – UAH 28.5 billion, VAT – UAH 37.4 billion, income tax – UAH 23.9 billion.
Naftogaz remains the largest taxpayer to the national budget of Ukraine. Income from the group accounted for about 15% of total national budget revenues in 2018. For comparison, the budget of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine in 2017 amounted to UAH 86.6 billion, and the amount of subsidies for consumed gas financed by the national budget is UAH 55.5 billion, the press service said.
As reported, Naftogaz and its member companies in 2017 paid UAH 107.3 billion in taxes and dividends to the national budget.
Naftogaz Ukrainy unites the largest oil and gas producing enterprises in the country. The holding is a monopolist for transit and storage of natural gas in underground storage facilities, as well as for oil transportation through the country.
The law on the national budget of Ukraine for 2019 (No. 2629-VIII) has been officially published in the Holos Ukrainy newspaper. According to the text of the law, the revenues of the national budget of Ukraine for 2019 are determined in the amount of UAH 1.026 trillion, in particular revenues of the general fund of the national budget in the amount of UAH 928.508 billion, and revenues of the special fund in the amount of UAH 97.624 billion, Appendix No. 1 to this law reads.
The expenses of the national budget of Ukraine are determined in the amount of UAH 1.112 trillion, in particular expenses of the general fund of the budget in the amount of UAH 1.006 trillion, and expenses of the special fund some UAH 106.362 billion.
Payment of loans to the national budget of Ukraine is provided in the amount of UAH 9.729 billion, in particular the repayment of loans to the general fund in the amount of UAH 8.322 billion, and to the special fund some UAH 1.406 billion.
The issue of loans from the national budget of Ukraine is determined in the amount of UAH 13.720 billion, in particular providing loans from the general fund in the amount of UAH 679.913 million, from the special fund some UAH 13.040 billion.
The ceiling of the national budget deficit is estimated at UAH 89.989 billion, in particular the ceiling deficit of the general fund at UAH 69.617 billion, and the ceiling deficit of the special fund of Ukraine’s national budget at UAH 20.372 billion, according to Appendix No. 2 to this law.
On Thursday, the Verkhovna Rada passed at second reading bill No. 8044, amending to the Budget Code of Ukraine on the implementation of medium-term budget planning, which introduced three-year budget planning. An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported that 238 deputies backed the document.
“We have been working for three years to consolidate a civilized approach to budget planning in the state. This is the main reform in the field of public finance,” Finance Minister Oksana Markarova said, commenting on this decision on the ministry’s website.
She recalled that in the pilot mode, this approach has worked successfully since 2017.
The Finance Ministry said that the adopted bill establishes the rule that state and publicly guaranteed debt cannot exceed 60% of GDP, and the national budget deficit – 3% of GDP. In addition, state guarantees will not exceed 3% of the planned revenues of the general fund of the national budget, and the maximum amount of the national budget deficit in the law on the national budget cannot be larger than the deficit in the Budget Declaration.
The finance minister said that three-year budget planning is necessary to ensure strategic priorities with a financial resource, as well as to increase the responsibility of spending units.
The budget of Kyiv for 2019 is planned at the level of UAH 53 billion, the press service of Kyiv City State Administration has reported.
“The budget of the capital for 2019 is planned at the level of UAH 53 billion,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.
According to the mayor, in recent years the Kyiv authorities have managed to increase revenues to the capital budget. The budget of Kyiv for 2018 grew by almost UAH 4 billion. And this allowed realizing many necessary infrastructure projects.
This year, at the expense of the city budget, it was possible to overhaul over 800 kilometers of roads. Bicycle paths appeared in the city, it became possible to build or completely reconstruct 19 kindergartens and seven schools, to implement many other projects.
The law on the “State Budget of Ukraine for 2019” has every chance to be approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on November 22, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Oleksandr Sayenko has said. “We have already received preliminary approval of the draft state budget by the Verkhovna Rada, received conclusions and proposals from deputies. In the near future, it will be submitted to parliament for the second reading. We have every chance that the state budget for the next year will be adopted on November 22 and we will enter the new year without problems with financing,” Sayenko said.
The minister stressed that the state budget for 2019 is, first of all, the modernizing of pensions, the increase in pension payments for the next year, the recalculation of pensions for military personnel. This is the army budget and subsidy issues.
“In essence, the state budget proposed today by the government retains all the positive programs that we had, and the amount of funding increases for the most programs,” the minister concluded.
Revenue of Ukraine’s national budget in October 2018 totaled UAH 72.6 billion, which is UAH 1.2 billion (1.8%) more than the target, while revenue in January-October 2018 reached UAH 747.3 million, and the revenue target was met only by 97.7% (UAH 17.5 billion less).
According to information on the website of the State Treasury Service of Ukraine, compared with October 2017 revenue last month grew by UAH 10.8 billion or 17.6%, while in January-October rose by 15.4% or UAH 99.9 billion.
Tax payments in January-October 2018 exceeded the January-October 2017 figure by 17%, reaching UAH 312.5 billion, and the target was met by 100.4%. Customs payments over the period grew by 13%, totaling UAH 275.6 billion.
In October alone, tax payments amounted to UAH 26.6 billion, which was 25% more than a year ago. The target was met by 97.1%. Customs payments last month reached UAH 35.5 billion, a rise of 23% year-over-year. The target was met by 111.9%.
In general, the State Fiscal Service met the target by 105% in October 2018. Payments grew by 23.9% year-over-year.
The State Treasury Service said that in January-October 2018 VAT was refunded in the amount of UAH 107.9 billion, which is 11% more than a year ago. In October alone, UAH 10.3 billion was refunded compared with UAH 12.46 billion in September 2018.
The revenue target of the general fund in January-October 2018 was met by 97.9%. Revenue totaled UAH 673.1 billion. In October 2018, the revenue target of the general fund was met by 104.8%. Revenue came to UAH 64 billion.
Revenue of local budgets in October 2018 grew by 10% year-over-year, to UAH 22.2 billion. The target was met by 114%.
Revenue from payment of single social security tax in October rose by 25.9% year-over-year, to UAH 19.9 billion.