The information tax of Ukraine takes on more clear and unpleasant outlines

    About ten days ago, we were all outraged when we began to receive information about the planned Ukrainian tax, which implies payment of 1% tax for each byte of information transmitted via computer networks. But the source was from some kind of yellow press: it was clear that some of the facts were hushed up, and some were bloated.

    It turns out that on the same days in the Prime Tass news feedmore complete information about this Ukrainian tax turned out to be published. It turns out that the bill provides for tax both wider and worse than we have all heard so far. Not only Internet access services, but also the cost of cable television are supposed to be taxed with one percent tax, including mobile Internet, and VoD (video on demand). Moreover: even five times higher tax - five percent - will also be leased with rental certificates, and the cost of entrance tickets to all theaters and cinemas, and the cost of video media (tapes, CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, etc.).

    People’s deputies of Ukraine predict that in 2010 the introduction of such a tax charge will help to accumulate about 300 million hryvnias in the budget (1 dollar is equal to about 7.7 hryvnias). The proceeds are planned to be used to finance the state order for staging theatrical performances, documentaries and feature films, as well as to subsidize the cost of tickets for performances and films that were produced by state order. (Tickets for all other performances and films, I remind you, will not only not be subsidized, but will also be taxed at five percent.)

    The bill was introduced by People’s Deputy Sergei Terekhin (or Teryokhin: you can’t figure it out in the current press), which is a member of the BYuT faction.

    In the summer, Russian analogues of such a future were mentioned in the blogosphere.disasters ([ 1 ], [ 2 ]).

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