Business news from Ukraine

DONBASENERGO PAYS UAH 701.5 MLN OF TAXES IN 2019

PJSC Donbasenergo in 2019 paid UAH 701.5 million of taxes and other mandatory payments to the national and local budgets, the press service of the company has reported. Thus, UAH 665.7 million of VAT, environmental tax, the royalty for the use of water resources and other taxes was paid to the national budget. Some UAH 35.8 million (land tax, property tax and other taxes) was paid to the local budget.
The company said that according to the Tax Code, starting from July 2019 Donbasenergo as an electricity generating company paid UAH 80.8 million of the excise duty, which is set at 3.2% of the cost of each kWh of electricity generated.
Donbasenergo owns Starobesheve (located in the occupied territory) and Sloviansk TPPs with a total installed capacity of 2,880 MW, in particular Sloviansk TPP’s capacity is 880 MW. At the end of March 2017, the generation company announced the loss of control over the operation of Starobesheve TPP, as well as part of structural units located in the temporarily uncontrolled territory.
PrJSC Energoinvest Holding owns a 60.86% stake in Donbasenergo, another 25% is owned by the state.

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STATE-RUN NAFTOGAZ’S ENTERPRISES TRANSFER UAH 83.7 BLN IN TAXES TO BUDGET

NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy and its member companies paid UAH 83.7 billion in taxes and dividends to the national budget in January-September 2019, the company’s press service said.
Budget payments from the group accounted for about 15% of total budget revenue for the nine months of 2019, the company’s press service said.
As reported, in 2018 Naftogaz and its affiliated companies paid UAH 137.8 billion in taxes and dividends to the state budget in 2018, which was 27.2% more than in 2017. In particular, dividends were paid in the amount of UAH 29.5 billion, oil and gas production royalties totaled UAH 28.5 billion, VAT payments stood at UAH 37.4 billion, payments of corporate profit tax were UAH 23.9 billion.
Naftogaz brings together the country’s biggest oil and gas producers. It holds a monopoly on the transit of natural gas and its storage in underground facilities and on the transportation of crude oil by pipeline throughout Ukraine.

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UKRAINIAN PM HAS NO INTENTION TO RAISE TAXES

Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk states that the government does not intend to raise taxes.
“We as a government do not plan to raise taxes, this is the wrong way. The state should not increase the amount of resources that it passes through itself,” Honcharuk said on the air of ICTV Channel on Monday evening.
According to him, the state should create incentives so that people are not afraid to invest in their business, and then develop it.

UKRAINIAN IT INDUSTRY TO PAY UAH 10 BLN OF TAXES IN 2018

The IT industry of Ukraine will pay UAH 9-10 billion of taxes in 2018, according to a study of experts from IT Ukraine and Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO).
“In the first half of 2018, the amount of taxes paid by the Ukrainian IT industry increased by 30.1% and amounted to about UAH 5 billion. We predict that by the end of the year it will be UAH 9-10 billion, which will go both to the local budget and the country’s budget,” IT Ukraine said on its website, citing President of IT Ukraine, Managing director of GlobalLogic in Ukraine Ihor Beda.
IT Ukraine also said that, according to the State Fiscal Service, the amount of taxes paid by IT companies in 2014-2017 grew annually by an average of 27% and reached UAH 4.1 billion. In 2018, this trend continues.
A significant number of IT professionals collaborate with companies under contracts as individual entrepreneurs, independently paying the single social security tax. The volume of this tax, according to State Fiscal Service, amounted to UAH 3.2 billion in 2017.
According to a poll conducted as part of the survey, payment for the services of specialists is 80-85% of the costs of companies.
In addition, the importance of IT services in the structure of Ukrainian exports is growing rapidly.
“According to the results of the first half of 2018, IT services overtook pipeline transportation and became the second largest industry in the export of services – more than 20% of all exported services,” IT Ukraine said.
According to the survey of companies, revenues of the domestic IT business are predominantly of foreign origin – Ukrainian developers cooperate with the United States, the U.K., Germany, Canada, Israel, Sweden and Switzerland.
“If current conditions are maintained, the growth rate of the IT industry in the coming years will be 20-25%. But Ukraine’s potential in the field of IT products and services is much more… The growth of the industry by 25-30% is possible in the near future if the government and the state will focus on priority sectors and will start to solve urgent problems in a comprehensive manner,” Head of Epam Ukraine Yuriy Antoniuk said, being quoted in the IT Ukraine report.
He said that the pressing challenges of IT business in Ukraine are: employment of foreigners, the development of human capital and education, the elimination of obsolete legislative barriers, the development of the ecosystem and the creation of technology parks.

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FOOTBALL CLUB SHAKHTAR EARNS OVER UAH 1.7 BLN IN 2017 PAYS UAH 504 MLN IN TAXES

The total revenue of the Shakhtar Donetsk football club in the 2017-2018 season, including VAT, amounted to UAH 1.732 billion, the club said in its traditional annual report. The club’s total income in the previous season was UAH 877 million. In particular, income from the sale and rental of football players in the 2017-2018 season amounted to UAH 108 million, which is almost twice more than in the previous season.
However, the report does not reflect Brazilian Fred’s transfer to Manchester United in the summer off-season, which was a record amount in the club’s history. According to British media, 52 million pounds was paid for the player.
Club revenues from UEFA and FIFA amounted to UAH 888 million. This is UAH 600 million more than in the 2016-2017 season. Last season, Shakhtar successfully competed in the Champions League group stage and made it to the last 16, where it lost to Italy’s Roma.
FC Shakhtar’s revenues from commercial activities amounted to UAH 736 million.
In the 2017-2018 season, Shakhtar paid UAH 504.506 million in taxes to Ukraine’s state budget. Personal income tax amounted to UAH 358.85 million.

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