Common Ukrainians with salary near UAH 2-3 thnd. contribute to the budget near UAH 25 thnd. per year. To large extent, millions of such contributions ensure 2/3 of budget revenues. Still only few in our country realize the chain «my money → taxes → public spending». What more, the majority of Ukrainians believe that budget collects taxes only from large businesses and that is why there is no reason to care about «other people’s» money. Such perception of the world is the main reason of alienation to state waste and corruption.
Against this backdrop it becomes highly important to «legitimize» taxpayers’ rights. In this effort of building understanding who is paying for what in our country the explanatory work and dissemination of popularized materials should be the key tools of achieving the goal.
This problem was discussed during the roundtable on May 15 in Kharkiv. The roundtable «How much the state costs or What I am paying taxes for?» was organized by Center for social and economic research – CASE Ukraine with support of Kharkiv-based NGOs and experts.
The roundtable was organized within the project titled «Popular Economy: Reform Monitoring» that CASE Ukraine has been implementing under financial support of Open Society Institute. The main goal of the project is to bring professional discussion about country development beyond the audience of trained experts and build the dialogue with general public.