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 Walnut exporters underpaid 243 million hryvnia in taxes, - tax police chief Bilan

The cause of scandals around walnut exports stems from real corruption in the industry.

Tax police chief Serhii Bilan said in an interview with Censor.NET.

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"From October 2015 to April 2016 (the 2015 crop), 64 business entities were involved in the export of walnuts. In fact, they exported 30,100 tons of walnuts for a total amount of 1.744 billion hryvnia (approx. $68.536 million). The total amount of taxes paid to the budget by these enterprises made 25.5 million hryvnia (approx. $1 million), including 18.2 million hryvnia in personal income tax," he said.

However, according to the chief tax officer, the amount of taxes was to be 10 times bigger.

"Taking into account the total volume of walnut exports and the cost of the nut specified in customs declarations, even with the minimum rate of personal income tax in 2015 (15 percent), the amount of personal income tax should be at least 261.6 million hryvnia (approx. $10.280 million). Respectively, the amount of possible underpayments in 2015-2016 only in personal income tax makes about 243.4 million hryvnia (approx. $9.565 million)," Bilan noted.
 
 
 
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