“Samopomich” faction official position on elimination of the Tax Police

While voting for amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine overnight into December 21, 2016, Verkhovna Rada deputies eliminated the Tax Police by accident. It was assumed that the section of the Tax Code on the Tax Police will be withdrawn after a new body is established. But as a result of the budgetary fever the numbering sequence in the law shifted, and thus the above-mentioned condition was violated.

Such a shame became possible due to the fact that the Verkhovna Rada crudely violates the Budget and Tax Codes which require changes to them to be made six months prior to the adoption of the state budget for the next year. This requirement exists to ensure that businesses can prepare for the upcoming changes. Instead, again and again on the eve of the new year Ukrainian businesses receive a “gift” in the form of new rules of doing business in the following year.

Therefore, the state has driven itself into a place where entrepreneurs find themselves each January 1: all of a sudden it has realized there are new rules now – there is no Tax Police anymore and there is no other authority to replace it.

It is really necessary to eliminate the Tax Police and to create a civilized service to investigate financial crimes outside the structure of the State Fiscal Service, which would be engaged in the investigation and prevention of financial crimes instead of exercising pressure on the business. Samopomich insists on that, in spite of the resistance on the part of those interested in the easily controlled Tax Police.

But when the deputies accidentally deprive the state of a law enforcement body – that means the line has been crossed. Nevertheless, the situation is to be corrected only by legal means, not by issuing letters aimed at substituting for the law.

Samopomich faction states that such decisions and actions are contrary to the Constitution of Ukraine, the laws of Ukraine “On the Status of People’s Deputies” and “On the Committees of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.”

Samopomich faction draws attention of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and the President of Ukraine to the fact that such decisions and actions do not only undermine the legitimacy of the Ukrainian Parliament, but also the authority of the state; the faction demands that prior to the appropriate changes’ being introduced the law should operate in the way it was voted by the Parliament, signed by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and the President of Ukraine, and officially promulgated.

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