Thursday, 13 December

And now a little bit about money. Minister of Social Policy Andriy Reva, in an interview to one of the Ukrainian editions, stressed that our migrant workers are sending home a fairly significant total amount of money, but not all of them declare the received funds. More about undeclared 6.5 billion dollars – in reactions from Opinion.

On the Internet, though, Reva for some reason got a more radical image, than it actually was during the interview. The Minister of Social Policy noted, that those who work in Ukraine pay the income tax and, as a rule, cannot claim a subsidy. But migrant workers send money, and after that, these funds go to specific households. Answering the clarification question of journalist Reva stressed, that it’s about 6.5 billion dollars.

Незадекларовані мільярди: як Андрій Рева із заробітчанами надумав боротися

In the same interview for “Radio Liberty”, the minister added, that today all of this money wasn’t mentioned in the declarations of those, who get subsidies, so they started a check, a verification, in order to find out who hid their incomes. Just like that.

Незадекларовані мільярди: як Андрій Рева із заробітчанами надумав боротися

It’s clear, that the issue of declaring money received from abroad couldn’t miss a segment of domestic Facebook. That’s why politician and diplomat Roman Bezsmertnyi called Reva’s statement immoral. They say people are forced to go abroad and work hard to give relatives in Ukraine at least a hundred euros a month, pay tuition for their children or support retired parents. Finally, Bezsmertnyi repeated, that to deprive people of subsidies because of a new fridge or transfer of 100 euros isn’t OK. An alternative way is a negotiation with the EU about compensations to Ukraine for labor force given to Europe.

Political scientist Mykhailo Basarab suggested, that formally Reva may be right. But if these are the real plans, then the minister won’t receive new tax revenues but will risk losing billions of dollars of annual investment coming from Ukrainians by official transactions. That is, a part of the money will simply arrive in Ukraine in buses or in suitcases in airplanes. The other one – will be invested in foreign economies.

Незадекларовані мільярди: як Андрій Рева із заробітчанами надумав боротися

Ihor Shevchenko, a lawyer, politician and ex-minister of ecology and natural resources, reacted to the words of Reva extremely emotionally, stressing that in case of realization of the plan, the owners of cars with European number plates for the ministry will be the easy bit. Moreover, Shevchenko promised to personally lead people to a protest against “cynicism and robbery of ordinary Ukrainians.” What should we do? The lawyer proposed to adopt a law on the taxation of luxuriousness and leave alone those who “work hard to save Ukraine from economic collapse and default”.

Незадекларовані мільярди: як Андрій Рева із заробітчанами надумав боротися

Political analyst Kyrylo Sazonov suggested realistic alternative ways of budget refill. The first is the gaming business. It cannot be completely allowed or forbidden, but we can pull it out of the shadows and open casinos, let’s say, in Lviv, Kyiv and Ivano-Frankivsk. We may get both – business and workplaces. The second way is the legalization of marijuana, as it’s done in Canada. Well, and thirdly the author of the post offers to talk about the legalization of the sex business. In short, there’s room for improvement.

Незадекларовані мільярди: як Андрій Рева із заробітчанами надумав боротися

Vyacheslav Simchenko, the head of Mykolaiv locomotive rebuilder, believes that we should think not of the way of taxation for migrant workers, but for the creating conditions for the development of economy, production and growth of wages in Ukraine. Although it is clear, that the development of the economy is more difficult than collecting taxes.

Незадекларовані мільярди: як Андрій Рева із заробітчанами надумав боротися

Reactions instead of taxes were collected by Stepan the Goat

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