4 Public administration
During a meeting with businesses on June 16, Roman Nasirov, the new head of Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service, announced upcoming reforms approved by the IMF. They include changing the taxation system and struc- tural changes within the fiscal service and customs. “The tax law amendments adopted in December were not a real tax reform,” he said. “They were limited to timely and sporadic changes.” The number of tax audits is now expected to shrink by 30-40 percent. An “electronic cabinet” was launched for taxpayers to manage taxes online.
On May 16, Parliament moved to limit the scope of power of the monopolistic, Sovietera state organization, the Public Housing and Utilities Service (ZhEK). A new law gives apartment-owner groups and community associations the right to act as legal entities, replacing the state-run service provider, should they choose. Such associations can now hire subcontractors and set up heating meters and other energy-saving resources.