Written by Valeriy Bondar, HLB Ukraine
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:00
Ukraine: Amendments to Tax Code
On 7 July 2011, the parliament adopted a number of amendments to the Tax Code by way of Law No. 3609-VI which came into effect on 6 August 2011 (except for certain provisions, for which a different date is stated).
In general the Law includes many positive innovations though it doesn’t answer all the questions of taxpayers. Please note that the changes mentioned are not final because work on wording is still in progress.
We’d like to draw your attention to the issues most crucial for foreign business: IFRS
Taxpayers using IFRS shall use them in tax accounting as well. Starting from January 1, 2012 public joint stock companies, banks, insurance companies and companies listed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine must prepare financial statements in compliance with IFRS. All other legal entities use IFRS on voluntary basis.
While importing goods with payment on delivery, their cost shall be restated into UAH at rate of the National Bank of Ukraine in force at date of purchase transaction, i.e. according to the accounting rules.
This innovation is retrospective, it shall be applied when determining income tax liabilities from April 1, 2011.
VAT payer registration
Legal entity with share capital or balance assets cost (fixed assets, intangible assets, stocks) exceeding 300 thousand UAH and not registered as a taxpayer under paragraph 181.1 Article 181 of Tax Code may voluntarily get registered regardless existance of taxable transactions and scope of goods/services supplied to other taxpayers.
Rendering of services to foreign and national vessels engaged in international transportation of passengers, their luggage and cargos are tax exempt if port charges are paid according to the Ukrainian legislation.
Temporarily, for 10 years from January 1, 2011 tax exempt is income received from providing hotel services in five-, four- and three-star hotels including newly constructed/reconstructed/overhauled/restored.
Agents acting on behalf and in favor of a non-resident must withhold and transfer non-resident income tax, calculated under taxation rules for permanent ROs, to the budget. Herewith, it is not required to register additionally such RO with tax authorities. However, there is no obligation to administrate non-resident income tax, if residents carry out agent services within their usual activity.
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