For the past three years the compensation for damages for economic crimes, including tax evasion, has increased threefold, up to 620 million hryvnias, head of the investigative department  of the Ministry for income and fees Anatoly Yakovinets told  roundtable "Financial police: timely formation in Ukraine".

He reminded that decriminalization of economic crimes means that investigators no longer can detain offenders. "But if an offender fails to pay a bail, set by court, he can be arrested. On one hand, there is business that earns money and pays taxes, and on the other hand, there is the state budget, which must be fulfilled. It means necessity of balance," Yakovinets underlined.   

According to him, in 2012 there were ten economic crimes considered by court, and this year there are already four cases so far. "Thus, in Crimea, there was a case against a processing plant, which had inflicted damage at the amount of 600 million hryvnias. In Kyiv, similar plant inflicted damage for UAH 500 million. In general, the tax police used to investigate about 3000 crimes annually, and a half of them ended up in court," the official informed.

"We do have economic crimes, and we need a relevant body to investigate them. You can call it anything you want - a financial police, a financial investigation service, etc. The more important is its powers," he added.


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