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 Ukrainian MPs who declared over $100,000 in cash to be checked for tax evasion, prosecutor general says

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) intends to verify whether the lawmakers who have declared more than $100,000 in cash have paid all the taxes.

As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine, this was said by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko at a briefing on the income statements.

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"We are going to analyze declarations of half of the MPs who have declared more than $100,000 in cash. The analysis will be based on responses to our requests by the State Fiscal Service to provide information on paid or unpaid taxes. Therefore, the lawmakers' actions may be identified as offense under article 212 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine - tax evasion.

"If we are talking about large-scale tax fraud exceeding 665,000 hryvnia, it is a minor offense with a 2-year period of prescription. If the amount of unpaid taxes exceeds 1,995,000 hryvnia, it is a medium-gravity crime with a 2-year period of prescription. If a particularly large sum of money exceeding 3,325,000 hryvnia was not paid, it is a grave crime with a 10-year period of prescription. Based on the gravity of offense, those evading taxes can get from two to 15 years in prison," the prosecutor general said.

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According to Lutsenko, the income statements would be also checked for possible laundering of money obtained by criminal means. The information on the bank deposits submitted by the officials will be also scrutinized.


 
 
 
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