Lukashenko: It Is Proposed To Transfer 71 Presidential Powers To Government Levels

The government and other authorities need to be loaded to remove unusual issues from the president, Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Snopkov, Tax and Duties Minister Sergei Nalivaiko and Finance Minister Yuri Seliverstov. They reported on the development of the national tax system, the press service of the President of Belarus reports.

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“Since there has been a lot of talk about the redistribution of powers lately, it is clear that someone lacks them, but basically this is correct: the government and other authorities need to be loaded to remove unusual issues from the president. I recently received a note: it is proposed that 71 powers, if I may say so, be transferred from the president to all levels of government.

But this is a separate issue, this is like an introduction to the main issue. Without interference in the work of the government (I would not like to do this), nevertheless, I would like to discuss with you the issues of improving our tax system,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

He noted that the tax system is one of the main elements of economic policy, it should be simple and understandable for all citizens.

“We have done a lot in this direction. But, I remember, we agreed that you would issue a new, more perfect taxation system, modernise the current Tax Code – where it is necessary, pointwise, as far as it possible. We have a relatively good Tax Code, but nothing is perfect, but we must constantly move towards this perfection,” Lukashenko said.

According to Lukashenko, the Tax Code needs to be “refreshed” the same way as the Code of Administrative Offenses and the Procedural Code of Administrative Offenses have been recently updated.

“The work has been well done. Maybe after the latest events it will be necessary to make changes to some articles – perhaps, this is life. This is what we exactly need to do with the Tax Code. There, of course, will be less work, since there will be fewer changes, but this must be done. Of course, the government and other structures will work on this, but I take control of this issue,” said Lukashenko.

In his opinion, it is also necessary to continue the digitalisation of tax legislation.

“The Prime Minister of Russia (he personally was engaged in the issue, we are constantly in contact) invited us to look at the tax system of the Russian Federation. It is present as the most perfect. If they have advanced somewhere ahead of us, for example, in the administration of taxes, we should not be afraid to use what they have. Moreover, they give it to us for free – software and so on. In order to simplify digitalisation and make taxes transparent, so that recoverability is close to 100%,” he said.