TVi accuses tax authorities of pressure


The General Director of TVi, Mykola Knyazhytsky has stated that his channel is facing pressure from the tax authorities and has called on the Interior Ministry and the Tax Service to deal with the situation.

During a live broadcast on TVi, Mr Knyazhytsky addressed his request to the Minister of the Interior Vitaly Zakharchenko and another top Interior Ministry official; the Head of the State Tax Service and the Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech.

He explains that they are now facing another tax inspection only a few months after the previous one.

They were approached by an official who explained that they wanted access to TVi to make an unscheduled check of compliance with tax legislation regarding payment of VAT and tax on profits from 1 January 2008 to 31 September 2010.

The grounds, he says, for the check was a decision issued by an investigator from the Pechersky Police Station from 04.04.2012 on Criminal Case No. 76-000323.

Mykola Knyazhytsky stresses that such a check was already carried out in 2011, although the check then covered the period from 22 May 2003 through to the end of 2010.

“Solomyansk District office of the State Tax Service will thus be carrying out a check of TVi’s activities during the same period and under the same circumstances for payment of tax on profits and VAT”

He adds that the tax body is already carrying out yet another check on site for the period from 1 October to 31 December 2011.

“Two checks at the same time will lead to the blocking of the channel’s normal work”.

TVi is generally considered one of the two channels still giving wide coverage to the opposition and opinions critical of the current regime. It had its frequencies seriously curtailed in 2010. 

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