Ostrikova: “Business will remember 2017 as a year of the mass blocking of tax invoices and the exaction of the working capital”

Summing up the results of the 7th session of the parliament for business, a member of the Samopomich Union faction in the parliament, the head of the Verkhovna Rada subcommittee on customs affairs and the improvement of the Customs Code of Ukraine Tetiana Ostrikova said, “When I talked with entrepreneurs about what the main requirements towards the government the business sector had, what I heard in response was – not to interfere and leave them be. Leave them be in their attempts to develop in spite of the state policy, not due to it.”

According to the MP, entrepreneurs, especially small and medium-sized businesses, will remember 2017 as a year of the mass blocking of tax invoices and the exaction of the working capital. Tetiana Ostrikova stresses, “This problem was actually supposed to be solved from January 1, 2018, but now we are receiving information that the government is preparing a draft resolution on a new blocking order which rewrites all the criteria of the so-called riskiness of the operations.”

Samopomich is urging the government to approach this issue in a balanced way taking into account the previous mistakes in order to make it impossible to block the work of small and medium-sized honest businesses. Instead, it is necessary to stop the registration of schemers’ invoices.

Apart from this, entrepreneurs also pay attention to the fact that it is necessary to stop the pressure on business, to put an end to this shameful practice when without any requests, without obtaining any preliminary information shows and searches are carried out. “The latest case like this took place in the company “Kyivstar”, says Tetiana Ostrikova. “I clarified the information –  company stated that prior to the search they had not received any requests for any documents.

We are also obtaining information from the media that, for example, before the New Year, the SBU was looking for those who committed treason among the importers of fabrics at the customs. Should the SBU be engaged in the matters of the customs and business activities of economic entities altogether?”

Therefore, the politician believes that it is necessary to liquidate all economic divisions of the SBU, the Prosecutor General’s Office, and the National Police and replace them with a single body of financial investigations, which would have an analytical approach and whose employees would not visit entrepreneurs with searches putting up shows.

“The bill has been in the parliament for two years,” the MP emphasizes. “If you don’t want to consider the draft law of Samopomich on the financial police, then do something with the government’s bill on the Financial Investigation Service which got stuck somewhere between the government and the National Reform Council.”

“The second important thing that could also launch our economy – it is necessary to abolish the income tax and replace it with a tax on the withdrawn capital. Estonia, which did this back in 2000, increased its GDP fivefold in five years after the introduction of this tax,” concludes Tetiana Ostrikova.

Tetyana Ostrikova
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