Ukraine's Cabinet makes U-turn on scheduled reform in SFS, customs

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine overturned the 2017 resolutions on reforming and restructuring the State Fiscal Service (SFS) and the customs service, initiated by the Ukrainian Finance Ministry, according to the Ukrainian news outlet dt.ua.

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"At a government meeting on Thursday, January 11, a decision was taken to abrogate the resolution on approval of the concept of reforming the state tax and customs policy systems, as well as the resolution on reorganization of the State Fiscal Service's territorial bodies. Revoked documents had been adopted on March 29 and July 19 of the previous year," dt.ua reports.

Said resolutions provided for the creation of the Interregional Customs and the SFS Main Interregional Department. At the same time, regional and energy customs were supposed to become attached to the Interregional Customs.

Read alsoEBA Tax Index improves due to quality of tax legislation in Ukraine "The united state tax inspectorates were to become part of the main SFS offices in regions, while the latter, together with the Large Taxpayers Office were to be included in the SFS Main Interregional Department," the edition notes.

SFS's Acting Head Myroslav Prodan and representatives of the Parliamentary Committee on Tax and Customs Policy criticized the Finance Ministry's proposals and declared that they just could not be implemented.

However, the Finance Ministry says the SFS leadership does not seek reform in the agency.