Andriy Zhurzhiy: Pressure on the government in conduction of an anti-corruption tax reform is unacceptable

Back on 5 October, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the anti-corruption bill to improve the tax system, which had been transparently developed by the Ministry of Finance with the participation of deputies, the public and businesses for over 4 months.

In accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine” and the Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers, a bill approved by the Government is directly transferred to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

“However, contrary to the requirements of the law, the anti-corruption tax reform has not yet been registered in the Verkhovna Rada,” reports Andriy Zhurzhiy.

According to the available information, in the past two weeks chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Taxation and Customs Policy, Nina Yuzhanina, and chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, Roman Nasirov, have been trying to significantly amend the document. MPs believe there is a serious risk that a number of provisions anticipated by the business would be excluded from the law, in particular, those about introduction of a single account for all taxes and transparent, automatic reimbursement of the value added tax.

“I demand to stop exercising pressure on the developers of the anti-corruption tax reform and to immediately introduce the bill to the Parliament for the Committee to transparently and publicly consider the changes so long awaited by the business. I consider unacceptable the attempts of the head of the Tax Committee to try and act all alone, at her own discretion on behalf of the whole Committee,” said Andriy Zhurzhiy, first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Taxation and Customs Policy.

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