MP Vadym Novynskyi, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Donbas Reintegration, introduced a draft law proposing to exempt residents of the demarcation line in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions from paying a military levy.
The relevant draft law is registered in Parliament under No. 2118.
It provides for amending paragraph 16-1 of subsection 10 of section XX of the Tax Code of Ukraine, according to which income received by individuals with a tax address in the settlements located on the demarcation line is exempted from taxation by military levy.
According to Vadym Novynskyi, the civilian population living along the demarcation line has veen significantly affected by the hostilities.
“The list of settlements located on the demarcation line was approved by the Cabinet in November 2014, its length reaches about 500 km. Today, the demarcation line is not just a list of cities and villages, but also the fate of hundreds and thousands of Ukrainians living in those areas. They have suffered disproportionately. Some people no longer have access to basic services in their localities. Most of the social, administrative and medical institutions were displaced or stopped working, as a result of which the Ukrainians living in the conflict zone were left without social protection,” the MP said.
According to him, in such conditions, it is necessary to exempt the residents of the demarcation line in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions from paying a military levy.
“Ukrainians living on the demarcation line pay daily for the war with their property and health. Private houses were destroyed, infrastructure facilities, water supply systems, communications were damaged. In many areas, agricultural land became unusable due to the presence of mines or shells that did not explode. The purchasing power of people has decreased as a result of damage to the enterprises located there – there are a lot of problems in the region. I believe that in these conditions, withholding tax on income of individuals living in the settlements of the demarcation line worsens the situation of people, therefore, it will be advisable to abolish it,” Vadym Novynskyi emphasized.