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Finance minister: Ukraine analyzing possibility of asking Azerbaijan for loan

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Report news agency presents an interview with Finance Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Marchenko.

The Parliament passed a law on tax amnesty, which came into force on September 1. In this case, as you know, almost all categories of people will have to declare their income. Will the tax amnesty affect the foreign citizens, particularly Azerbaijanis carrying out their activities in Ukraine? How many Azerbaijani citizens are in question, who will also need to legalize their capital?

The law does not impose an obligation to declare one’s assets. It gives such an opportunity. That is, it is completely voluntary. All citizens should decide for themselves whether to use the opportunity provided by the state or not.

At the same time, not only citizens of Ukraine can be declarants. The declaration may also be citizens of other countries, which at the time of receipt of objects of declaration or at the time of accrual of income, at the expense of which were received objects of declaration, were residents of Ukraine – taxpayers.

Subject to the voluntary declaration are assets received at the expense of income subject to taxation in Ukraine at the moment of their accrual and from which taxes and fees were not paid or not paid in a full amount not declared within any of the tax periods which took place before January 1, 2021.

Regarding the number of citizens of Azerbaijan again all depends on their desire to declare assets. It is voluntary.

But for our part, we encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.

Since 1999 the Convention between the Government of Ukraine and the Republic of Azerbaijan on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income and estate is in force between Azerbaijan and Ukraine. Twelve years have passed since then. Is there a need to update it? How does this agreement contribute to an increase in mutual investment?

In relations between Ukraine and Azerbaijan the Convention between the Government of Ukraine and the Republic of Azerbaijan on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income and estate of July 30, 1999, is in force.

This Convention regulates the allocation of taxation rights of income received by a resident of one Contracting State in another Contracting State.

Soon, Ukraine does not intend to negotiate any amendments to this Convention. The rates of passive income taxation and rules for avoiding double taxation of other income established by this Convention correspond to international norms and the general practice of Ukraine in concluding such agreements.

Ukraine actively attracts external loans from international financial institutions. Do you consider the possibility to ask Azerbaijan for a loan, as we have such a practice with Belarus and Georgia?

We are analyzing this possibility and are communicating with our Azerbaijani colleagues on this subject.

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