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Iegislative changes in Ukraine that came into force from the beginning of 2018

06.01.2018 / 10:38

Iegislative changes in Ukraine that came into force from the beginning of 2018

Increasing the minimum wage and living wage

From January 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Ukraine is set at 3723 hryvnias. At the same time, the Law about state budget-2018 stipulates that, as a result of the first half-year, the government should consider increasing the minimum wage to 4,200 hryvnias.

At the same time, the subsistence minimum has increased. From January 1, 2018, its size for able-bodied persons is 1762 hryvnias, for children up to 6 years old - 1492 UAH, for children from 6 to 18 years old - 1860 UAH, for disabled persons - 1373 UAH.

The growth of the subsistence minimum for able-bodied persons affected the amount of court fees, single tax, fines, alimony, fees for administrative services and salaries of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges that increased accordingly.

At the same time, the growth of the minimum wage to 3723 UAH increased the size of the single social contribution. From January 1, 2018,it is 819.06 UAH.

Also, the growth of the minimum wage also influenced by the growth of penalties for violating labor laws.

New court fee rates

From January 1, 2018, due to the growth of the subsistence minimum, court fees increased.

The court fee for the filing of a claim of a substantive nature for citizens and individual entrepreneurs is now at least UAH 704, and for legal entities - 1,762.

For the claim of non-specific character, the court fee for citizens and individual entrepreneurs also increased to 704 hryvnias and for legal entities - to 1762 hryvnias.

As for the resolution of family lawsuits in courts, it is now necessary to pay at least UAH 704 for a lawsuit on divorce and division of property.

Also increases the rates for obtaining documents in courts. So, filing an application for a court order costs UAH 176, and applications for its cancellation cost UAH 88.1.

For the issuance of a duplicate of a court order or an executive letter and for issuing a copy of a court's electronic copy, the court fee is 52.9 UAH.

The reissue of a copy of a court decision, the issuance of a copy of a court decision to a person who did not participate in the court hearing, as well as the production of copies of documents attached to the case, now costs 503 UAH.

Changes in pension legislation

From January 1, 2018, the amount of insurance experience has increased in order to appoint pensions, and the size of the indicator for assessing the insurance period decreases.

From January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, at the age of 60 retire will be citizens who have at least 25 years of insurance experience.

In the absence of 25 years of insurance, the right to apply for a retirement pension after reaching the age of 63 years has a person with an insurance record of 15 to 25 years. This rule will apply until December 31, 2018.

From January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, when applying for a pension, the average wage (income) in Ukraine from which insurance contributions were paid is calculated as the average for 2016 and 2017, using the value of one year's assessment of 1% .

From January 1, 2018, for persons over the age of 65, the minimum age-based pension is 35 years for men, while for women, 30 years of insurance is set at 40 per cent of the minimum wage, which is 1,489 UAH, but not less than the subsistence minimum for people who have lost their working capacity, which from January 1, 2018 is 1,373 hryvnia.

For pensions granted after January 1, 2018, the minimum age pension is paid after reaching the age of 65. Until the age of this age, such persons may be granted state social assistance under the conditions and in the manner prescribed by the Law of Ukraine "On State Social Assistance to Low-income Families".

In case of absence from January 1, 2018, the required insurance period at the date of reaching the retirement age, the retirement age may be awarded after the person has acquired the insurance record, which can now be purchased either by paying pension contributions or continuing to work.

If a person does not have a seniority, she can go to the Pension Fund and make a contract that she buys the missing months. In such a case, the amount of the paid single contribution for each month of such period can not be less than the minimum insurance premium at the date of conclusion of the contract, multiplied by the coefficient 2.

Changes to the Tax Code

From January 1, amendments to the Tax Code came into force, which, according to officials, should facilitate business:

until 2019, the value-added tax and the excise tax on the import of electric vehicles in Ukraine were canceled;

exempt from taxation the cost of travel vouchers not exceeding 5 times the minimum wage;

increased environmental tax rates by 11.2 percent;

incentive rates for rent for the production of natural gas in the amount of 12% and 6% were introduced, depending on the depth of the deposit for new wells, guaranteeing investors the unchanged rates for 5 years;

the provision on compensation for damage caused to the taxpayer by means of illegal decisions, actions or omissions of the official or official of the controlling body and the responsibility of such an official or official in the order of recourse to the state was imposed at the expense of the state budget;

is exempt from taxation of the importation of goods in hand luggage or accompanied luggage for an amount not exceeding EUR 500 and weighing up to 50 kg.

Also, other changes have been made to the Tax Code, however, they will come into force later.

The size of the lawyer's fees and fees for lodging complaints against lawyers increased

The Council of Advocates of Ukraine set the amount of the annual contribution of the lawyer to ensure the implementation of the lawyer's self-government in 2018 in the amount of 1762 hryvnia.

The amount of the advocate's contribution can not exceed the subsistence minimum for able-bodied persons, established as of January 1 of the corresponding calendar year and is the same for all lawyers.

The deposit must be paid by January 31 of this year with two payments, transferring 70% of the annual amount to the current account of the relevant council of advocates of the region and 30% of the annual amount of the contribution to the current account of the National Association of Advocates of Ukraine.

Also, the Council of Advocates of Ukraine has set the fee for filing applications to the regional qualification-disciplinary commission of the Advocates and the High Qualifications-Disciplinary Commission of Advocacy.

From January 1, 2018, the fee for the organizational and technical provision of consideration of claims (complaints) concerning the behavior of the lawyer, which may be the basis for disciplinary liability, complaints to the decisions of the disciplinary chambers of the qualification-disciplinary commissions of the bar, as well as complaints about actions or inactivity of the qualification and disciplinary commissions Attorneys will be one living wage for able-bodied persons equal to 1762 UAH.

Wage has changed for lawyers that provide free legal assistance

From January 1, 2018, the amount of payment for an hour of lawyer's work for providing legal aid is 5 percent of the subsistence minimum

At the same time, if the relevant stage of the proceedings or the proceedings or the last action of the lawyer within the bounds of the execution of the order of the center was completed by January 1, 2018, the payment for an hour of work of such a lawyer is carried out in the amount established in 2017 (2.5 per cent of the subsistence minimum established for able-bodied persons at the time of the lawyer's submission of the act), since the services of a lawyer in this case were provided until 2018.

In addition, the amount of the lawyer's remuneration for the provision of free secondary legal aid at a separate stage of the proceedings or process is limited to thirty subsistence levels established for able-bodied persons at the time of the lawyer's submission of the act (which today amounts to UAH 52,860), and if the length of the stage the process or process is more than one year - fifty such sizes (which today amounts to UAH 88,100).

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