The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to reduce the number of state
tax inspections twofold from 311 to 161. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk announced at the Government meeting on Wednesday, 4 November.
"By the end of year we plan to reduce both inspections and personnel.
That is, the number of inspectors, customs officers and other employees of the
State Fiscal Service," he stressed.
Besides, the staff of the State Fiscal Service will be cut by 17 thousand.
At the session of the Government there was presented a reform of the State Fiscal
Service, which had been designed personally by the Minister of Finance of
Ukraine together with the SFS chairman and supported by Western partners.
The SFS shall now recruit
staff on a competitive basis. Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed the need to raise salaries
for the new employees. According to him, it would allow to overcome corruption and
improve competence of the agency. The Prime Minister informed that he had appealed
to the European Commission with a request to support “creating a fund aimed to
increase salaries for civil servants".
Moreover, he stressed that among major reforms in the tax
sphere is upgrading tax administration. The Head of Government explained it
envisages cutting contacts with the tax authorities, simplified reporting process
and getting rid of a direct impact on entrepreneur by the State Fiscal Service.
In addition, as part
of the retrofitting of the SFS there is an objective to conduct an experiment in
the customs and transfer the customs to be managed by efficient western
companies that had relevant experience.