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Ukraine Plans Drastic Corporate Tax Cuts

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

17 June 2010


Ukraine’s new Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov has announced his government’s intention, in a revised tax code, to slash the country’s corporate income tax rate starting 2011, and then further on a transitional basis through 2014 to enhance the nation’s economic performance and fiscal attractiveness.

According to the Prime Minister, the corporate income tax will be cut from 25% to 20% in 2011, and cut 1% annually from then on, until 2014 when the rate will stand at 17%. The Value Added Tax is to also to be reduced on a progressive basis over a similar timescale.

Explaining the government’s methodology, Azarov was quoted by the national radio station NCRU as saying: “This innovative document is a real tax reform that will improve the investment climate in Ukraine and will improve the nation’s attractiveness for conducting business.”

The draft tax code, approved by parliament on June 9, also prescribes tax holidays for small and medium enterprises through to the end of the 2015 calendar year.

It is anticipated that the measures will be adopted in a final draft of the Code, to be subject to a parliamentary vote in July 2010.

TAGS: tax | business | value added tax (VAT) | tax incentives | fiscal policy | corporation tax | small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) | tax planning | tax breaks | Ukraine

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