The State Fiscal Service will remain under the authority of the Ministry of Finance on the proposal of the Government, but will be drastically upgraded and rebuilt into a competent authority with major responsibilities. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman in an interview with Liga.net.
“By now we frame the following model: the SFS remains subordinate to the Ministry of Finance. But the Service must be rebuilt and completely retrofitted. It should not be a punitive body, but a smart one, with major responsibilities”, said Volodymyr Groysman. “My position is that the SFS supports and protects businesses, and not vice versa, places artificial obstacles for those. I believe it of paramount importance to ensure sustainable economic growth. This is possible, in particular as a result of such a reform, and it should be translated into creation of normal business climate."
At that, the Head of Government called "unacceptable" any revival of the liquidated Ministry of Revenues and Duties. "I totally oppose the restoring of the Ministry (of Revenues and Duties). This is unacceptable”, the Prime Minister urged.
He expressed hope that the current chairman of the SFS Myroslav Prodan would be able to introduce new systemic changes and services to promote SMEs. The Prime Minister promised support for the current SFS head to transform the SFS into a service structure with highly-qualified staff.
He drew attention to the achievements of the Service among which were the introduction of automatic VAT refund and overfulfillment of customs revenues plan. “We are planning to beat the customs revenues target, which makes up UH 12 billion, to direct it to local roads. An enormous resource that was previously in the shadow and a source for someone to feed on”, stressed Volodymyr Groysman. “Nowadays yet we have to do a lot to establish proper order. Complete modernization of the customs is required, and a number of things must be done to overhaul it technically. Shortly there will be announced a tender for the purchase of stationary inspection systems for the customs. This will mean the only one thing: there will be less and less loopholes to be used for gray imports or smuggling. This will have a positive impact on Ukrainian production. In fact gray imports insidiously deprive Ukrainian producers of certain market share and opportunities. And for Ukrainian producers I'm ready to fight round-the-clock."