President: Opportunities for SMEs development will multiply local/State budgets revenues
04.12.2017 16:13 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of today, while speaking within the II Ukrainian Forum of United Citizens «Initiatives that Change Life», Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on representatives of united territorial communities to create conditions for the development of SMEs within their territories and to seek ways to attract investment.
«As we are within the center, each of you, at your own level, must look for the ways to attract investment in the community, to create new jobs in your territories. Here is your direct interest: the lion’s share of the personal income tax goes to the local budgets. Decentralization has given you a chance to become successful local leaders who are able to solve the problems of the village or the city,» Poroshenko addressed the Forum participants.
The Head of State reminded that one of the tasks of decentralization is to bring power closer to the ordinary man, to reduce the distance and time to solve problems. «The President, the Government and the Verkhovna Rada are determined to cooperate effectively with you,» he assured.
«Now is the time to focus on how to increase the revenues of local and state budgets. This is the main topic of today’s forum. This is convincingly evidenced by the presence on the agenda of such issues as the development of SMEs in the communities, the formation of local investment climate, strategies for the development of united territorial communities,» Petro Poroshenko stressed.
He said that he had proposed to impose a tax on withdrawn capital instead of a corporate income tax, which would mean the taxation of only part of the profits of enterprises not directed at the expansion or creation of production capacities. According to the Head of State, this will allow freeing funds for the development and modernization of enterprises. He expressed hope that this innovation would start on January 1, 2019 The President also noted that the next fiscal year would introduce an installment for VAT payment on the import of equipment for production. He also expressed hope that his initiative to extend the moratorium on inspections of SMEs would be implemented.
The Head of State also says that the network of centers for the provision of administrative services is expanding, local self-government received powers in the field of architectural and construction control, decentralization enabled central authorities and local governments to implement the law on improving the accessibility and quality of medical care in rural areas. «And we have already allocated the first four milliard to finance this project,» Poroshenko stressed.