Pay and Leave

by Olha Povaliaieva
Wednesday, September 15, 2022
Pay and Leave

The parliament of Ukraine has registered a draft law prescribing the conditions under which Ukrainians liable for military service can leave the country

On September 15, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered a draft law on the procedure for exit from Ukraine and entry into Ukraine of citizens of Ukraine, prescribing the conditions under which citizens of Ukraine liable for military service may leave the country during martial law.

The conditions are divided into 2 categories: citizens who go to study, on a business trip or on a social program, and citizens who do not have valid reasons for leaving the country.

For the first category, the conditions are as follows: a citizen of Ukraine must provide documents confirming the purpose of his trip — business trip, social program, training, etc. A person must have an account in a Ukrainian bank and an amount equal to 5 minimum subsistence levels, which he cannot spend over the border of Ukraine. A citizen is obliged to pay this amount to the Armed Forces of Ukraine for each month of absence from the country. In order to have the right to return to the country, a citizen is required to present documents proving the fulfilment of these conditions.

Citizens who do not have documents giving the right to deferment from conscription for military service, in case of leaving Ukraine, are obliged to transfer an amount equal to 10 living wages for each month of absence in the country for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The explanatory note to the bill interprets this as "a guarantee contribution to the state bank in the amount of 5 non-taxable minimums for able-bodied citizens (at present it is ₴13.000, $36.56 exchange), from which a monthly amount that is equal to taxes from the minimum wage (as of now it is 2697.5 = single social contribution 22% - 1430.0 + personal income tax 18% - 1170.0 + military tax 1.5% - 97.5), will be transferred to the account of the Armed Forces of Ukraine".

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