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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FISCAL SERVICE FINES TAXPAYERS TO UAH 161 MLN FOR TRANSFER PRICING IN 2013-2016

The State Fiscal Service of Ukraine has imposed UAH 160.8 million of fine for over 600 facts of violation of declaration of transactions under control under transfer pricing by taxpayers, and 55% of the sum was paid to the national budget, the authority said on its website on Tuesday. “About 3,000 taxpayers report annually on the performance of controlled transactions, and 2,700 reports for 2016 for the amount of UAH 2.47 trillion were submitted,” the authority said.
According to its data, the main countries, with residents of which controlled transactions were held in 2013-2016, except for banking, were Cyprus (27%), Russia (18%), Switzerland (15%) and the United Arab Emirates (12%).
Most of the taxpayers who perform controlled transactions are registered in the Office of Large Taxpayers – 40%, while the amount of transactions performed by these companies is 92% of the total volume of transactions. Another 24% of taxpayers registered in Kyiv (the amount of transactions – 4%), and 4.6% of companies in Dnipropetrovsk region (the amount of transactions – 0.8%), according to the data of the fiscal service.
The largest subjects in terms of volumes of controlled transactions are banking – 57%, goods – 31% and financial services – 6%, the authority said.
As the fiscal service said, 34 out of 58 inspections started in 2014-2018 on taxpayers’ compliance with the arm’s length principle ended. According to their results, the supervising agencies added UAH 400 million of income tax, UAH 5.8 million of value-added tax (VAT) and reduced the amount of VAT refund by UAH 4.1 million. In addition, the supervising authorities also charged UAH 68 million penalty.
At the same time, 430 enterprises voluntarily increased their taxable income or reduced losses for operations in 2013-2016 by more than UAH 4.7 billion. “As a rule, this happened after receiving a request from the State Fiscal Service for the submission of documents on transfer pricing,” the authority said.

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