Due to the introduction of tax incentives for the gambling business at the beginning of the Russian aggression, the state lost billions of hryvnias. The head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy, Daniil Getmantsev, stated this, commenting on the adoption by Parliament of bill No. 8079 on waiving tax incentives for the gaming industry, reports Ukrinform.
“Therefore, I have said more than once that the decision to give the gambling business the opportunity to pay only 2% of the turnover as a tax was wrong. This led to a decrease in the level of taxation of enterprises operating in this industry at times. For one of the analyzed business entities (I will not name them yet) – three times, for the other – five times. At the same time, the level of income in this area, even during the war, remains high.”, the Chairman of the Committee explained.
According to him, after the signing of the law adopted by the Parliament the day before, the legislative norm will be restored, according to which business entities engaged in the organization and conduct of gambling, lotteries, bets will not be able to be payers of the single tax of the third group and use the features of taxation under martial law ( in particular, a preferential tax rate of 2% of income).
At the same time, the key problem of the gambling business, according to Getmantsev, is not even the benefits that he enjoyed for almost a year, but the systemic tax evasion using electronic payment technologies.
“Such schemes have already been discovered by the Security Service of Ukraine. In the near future, their organizers will be charged with tax evasion in 2021-2022. This will be the next important step in bringing order to the industry.“, – Hetmantsev emphasized.
As reported, the day before, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the second reading a law repealing the norm adopted in mid-April last year, which allowed the gambling business to switch to a simplified taxation system, paying only 2% of the single tax.
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