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24.04.2009

Ukrainian migrant workers to pay tax on voluntary basis

   

No social service can say how many Ukrainians are working abroad. For each person working legally, there are another two or three without legal status. These people return to Ukraine with money but without any guarantees – they were not officially working and therefore can forget about a pension of unemployment benefit. The Government has passed a Resolution aimed at regulating this situation. Labour migrants will be able to move onto a simplified system of taxation, paying 200 UAH per month and having the same rights as people who work in Ukraine.

The Head of the State Committee for Regulatory Policy and Enterprise Oleksandra Kuzhel explained to the newspaper “Vysoky zamok” some other innovations.

People who are working abroad illegally experience other problems when they return. If they want to buy a flat, an office, etc, according to the law, they must produce a declaration of income. Now many of them are worried about openly revealing money earned abroad, and avoid even putting it in the bank. Now by making voluntary contributions of around 250 Euros a year, the person will have social guarantees and also be able to legalize their income. Ms Kuzhel, who pushed for these changes, says that any claims that the tax people will demand taxes are lies. She stresses that the contributions are voluntary and that the Resolution is not designed to extract taxes but to help people.

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