Some 8 of the 26 million working Ukrainians receive 'black' and 'gray' salary. This was stated by the Deputy Chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Yevhen Bambizov, reports Dzerkalo Tyzhnya.
He noted that as a result of inspections of business entities regarding the payment of salaries 'in envelopes', it was found that this practice takes place in 46 percent of checked enterprises and companies.
'According to the State Statistics Service, 8 million of the 26 million working Ukrainians are paid in envelopes - the entire salary or its part. That is, the scale is quite substantial,' Bambizov said as quoted by the outlet.
As a result, local budgets do not receive huge amounts of taxes.
Bambizov also noted that the penalty for each non-official employee is USD 4,000.
Earlier, the State Statistics Service reported that the average salary in Ukraine was USD 320. At the same time, the highest average salary in Ukraine is in the Donetsk region. Also, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said that the minimum wage would be raised as soon as the economy allowed.