Business news from Ukraine

LARGEST TAXPAYERS INCREASE TAX PAYMENT BY 20% IN JAN-MAY 2018

Largest taxpayers increased payment of taxes to the national budget by 20% or by UAH 21.7 billion in January-May 2018 year-over-year, to UAH 132.2 billion, the Office of Large Taxpayers has said on its website.
The Office said that the largest growth was seen from payment of profit tax: it grew by 89% or UAH 18 billion, to UAH 38.2 billion.
Head of the Office of Large Taxpayers Yevhen Bambizov said in an interview with Taxlink that Naftogaz Ukrainy paid most of profit tax. The company declared record-hitting profit over this period compared with losses for the previous periods.
“This is not the only reason. We see profit tax growth every year, and this year we projected it by at least 20%. This is linked to the growth of the economy, continuation of active work on reduction of losses by large taxpayers,” he said.
The Office said that revenue from VAT payment in January-May 2018 grew by 14.4% or UAH 7.3 billion, to UAH 58.5 billion, while from payment of the excise duty on Ukrainian-made products fell by UAH 13.9% or UAH 3.4 billion, to UAH 21.5 billion.
Payments of income tax from salaries grew by 28% or UAH 1.9 billion, to UAH 8.8 billion. Single social security tax payments rose by 335 or UAH 4.7 billion, to UAH 19.5 billion. Military tax payments rose by almost 23% or UAH 332 million, to UAH 1.7 billion.

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UKRAINIAN SEAPORTS SLIGHTLY INCREASE FREIGHT HANDLING IN 2018

Freight handling at Ukrainian seaports in January-March 2018 totaled 32.8 million tonnes, which is 1.1% more than a year ago, according to tentative data from the Ukrainian Sea Port Authority. According to its data, the volume of transshipment of imported cargo increased by 30% and amounted to 5.6 million tonnes. Handling of imported coal grew by 24.1%, to 1.4 million tonnes, ores by 20.7%, to 1.9 million tonnes, crude oil transshipment grew by 51%, to 544,000 tonnes.
The volume of transshipment of exported cargo decreased 7.4%, to 23.8 million tonnes. Handling of exported ferrous metals grew by 17%, to 4.2 million tonnes.
Handling of transit freights rose by 38.4%, to 3.2 million tonnes.
In general, the seaports of Ukraine processed 2,853 vessels in January-March 2018, which is 345 vessels, or 9.7% more compared to the same period in 2017.

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