Regarding Possible Taxation of Migrant Workers

November 22, 2018

The volume of transfers from migrant workers is at least twice the amount of foreign direct investments in Ukraine. Private transfers are the main source of replenishing reserves and improving the balance of payments. These resources are important and deserve every possible support.

As for the initiative of the Minister of Social Policy, the process of money transfer is not easy to control. Moreover, such control will have an extremely negative effect.

As one may remember, several years ago the government tried to enforce conversion of individuals’ currency receipts from abroad. This provision was cancelled shortly thereafter, as it had very bad economic and social "taste".

The source of budget revenues should be sought in improving tax administration, in monitoring and accounting of resources by fiscal agencies, rather than increasing tax pressure on households.


Vasyl Yurchyshyn

Director, Economic Programmes

Born in 1955 in Kamyanets-Podilskyi.


T. Shevchenko Kyiv State University, Department of Cybernetics (1977).

Institute of Public Administration and Local Government at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (1994).

Professor in Public Administration. Author of nearly 100 scientific works.


In 1977–1993, worked at the Kyiv University as an engineer, research fellow and senior research fellow;

1994–1999 — head economic researcher at the International Centre for Policy Studies, Fund for Banking and Finance Development;

1999–2004 — Assistant Professor, Department of Economic Policy of the Ukrainian (currently, National) Academy of Public Administration, office of the President of Ukraine;

1999–2004 — Research Director at the Agency of Humanitarian Technologies, later — Agency for Social Analysis;

2002–2003 — advisor to the Minister of Economy of Ukraine;

since April, 2004 — Professor, Department of Economic Policy of the National Academy of Public Administration, office of the President of Ukraine;

since June, 2005 — Economic Programmes Director at Razumkov Centre.

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