The tax authorities of Ukraine and Finland have good prospects for strengthening and deepening cooperation. This was stated by interim Head of the State Fiscal Service (SFS) Myroslav Prodan during the meeting with acting Director General of the Finnish Tax Administration.
"Tax administrations are facing new challeneges, in particular, related to prompt development of IT technologies. For this very reason Finland's experience is of utmost importance for us because our tax authorities have similar tasks," stressed the interim Head of the SFS.
He emphasized that the updating and development of IT systems, ensuring their reliability and safety today are among topmost priorities for SFS. Considerable attention is paid to the introduction of new services for taxpayers and improvement of audit procedures.
The Finnish side briefed on the main directions of development of the Finnish Tax Administration and achievements in the tax area. Thus, according to survey results, 97% of Finnish citizens consider taxes to be an important social responsibility, while 79% are happy to pay taxes.
According to the acting Head of SFS, Ukraine also has a high free will tax payment rate that makes up almost 95%. Proceeding from the said fact, the State Fiscal service pledges readiness to apply the experience of Finnish colleagues in raising the level of tax culture in society and the attitude of taxpayers to the need to pay impositions.
Participants of the meeting also noted the revival of trade and economic relations between Ukraine and Finland, which, to a certain extent, contributes to the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
Myroslav Prodan expressed gratitude to the Finnish partners for cooperation in the exchange of tax information. In particular, the SFS territorial authorities have recently contacted the Finnish side with requests concerning economic activities of legal entities, primarily founders, participants and managers of enterprises, detection of tax evasion schemes and transfer pricing.