Rada votes to tax tech giants

REUTERS

REUTERS

The Verkhovna Rada on Thursday adopted at second reading and in general a draft law on amendments to the Tax Code to introduce value-added tax on digital services provided by global tech giants.

Bill No. 4184 saw support of 283 people's deputies with the required minimum of 226 votes, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

The memo to the new legislation says the provision of electronic services by non-resident companies to individuals does not effectively allow enforcing the rules of VAT taxation. This leads to budget losses and creates a non-competitive environment for resident payers.

Read also Tax office updates data on Ukraine's millionaires This violates the basic principles of equality and neutrality for taxpayers, the memo reads.

It also argues that quite a lot of countries have already obliged non-residents to pay value-added tax on the sale of digital services. This is about tech giants, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Wargaming Group, Bloomberg, Alibaba, and Booking.com.

"In turn, establishing special rules for VAT taxation of electronic services is becoming a common practice in other countries, for example, in the countries of the European Union, as well as in Australia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and others," the memo says.

Background

Bill 4184 was tabled in Parliament October 2, 2020.

Legislation passed its first reading on February 17, 2021.

Translation: Yevgeny Matyushenko

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