Ukraine to introduce digital tax stamps
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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday signed into law the abolition of paper excise stamps, which will be replaced by so-called digital tagging from 2026.

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"The draft law on digital tax stamps has become law despite the fierce opposition of the black market," Danylo Hetmantsev, a Ukrainian MP who initiated the law, said.

"The law will transfer the accounting of alcohol, tobacco products, and e-cigarette liquids into an electronic format, simplify it, and deal with the shadow economy."

The digital tax stamp is a unique identifier that can be tracked through the electronic system for the circulation of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and e-cigarette liquids. Its testing is supposed to start no later than 1 March 2025.

The digital stamps will allow consumers to verify they are not buying counterfeit products by scanning the stamp through the Diia e-government app.

Tobacco and alcohol products with paper stamps will be sold no longer than 18 months after the coming into force of the new law.