Thresholds of criminal liability for tax evasion under Art. 212 of the Criminal Code in 2017
Which amount of tax notification-decisions would become intimidating this year?
The increase of the minimum wage, to which a large number of charges and settlements of accounts in the state are tied, is not the only thing, which has been increased by the Law of Ukraine (hereinafter – “the Law”) “On the State Budget for 2017” No. 1801-VIII as of December 21, 2016.
The minimum poverty line for the employable person in 2017 has been traditionally increased by the Law “On the State Budget for 2017”, which since January 1, 2017 constitutes 1600 UAH.
At the same time precisely this indicator is decisive for determination for thresholds of the criminal liability for tax evasion provided by Art. 212 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (hereinafter – “the Criminal Code”).
In particular, tax evasion in considerable, large and especially large amounts is determined in the case of non-receipt of tax payments to the state budget in amount, which is in 1000 and > 3000 and > 5000 and > respectively, higher than the tax-free minimum incomes (the Note to Art. 212 of the Criminal Code). In its turn, the tax-free minimum income is equal to 50% of wage for the employable person under para. 5 of subsection 1 of Section XX and subpara.169.1.1 of the Tax Code of Ukraine.
It means that the tax-free minimum income is 800 UAH (50% from 1 600 UAH). Therefore, the qualification of liability under Art. 212 of the Criminal Code in 2017 will be carry out under thresholds rates as follows (for convenience it is provided in comparison with thresholds in the previous years):
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