ArmInfo. Starting next year, the Armenian government intends to take concrete steps to introduce the institution of total declaration of income.
This was stated by an economist, chairman of the National Assembly of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on Economic Affairs, deputy from the "My Step" faction BabkenTunyan, during a press conference on October 22.
Until the end of this year, according to him, a scheme of the mechanisms of this system will be presented. The government, as Tunyan noted, wants to make a consistent transition to this mechanism.
<Different opinions sound. We are told that the worst thing we can do is to abandon the current income tax system. We say that we want to change the mechanisms of this system, and not the system itself,> he said. The economist explained that the institution of total income declaration provides for the payment of income tax from the amount from which the expenses directed to priority areas determined by the government, in particular, education, healthcare, etc.
<We are not reducing tax, but the tax base. This will give us the opportunity to provide more targeted assistance. If this system is implemented, it will allow us to add a number of other criteria and solve social problems to a certain extent. For example, the number of children, social living conditions, etc.> will be taken into account,> the deputy said.
Recall that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that there is a need to change the attitude towards the institution of paying taxes. "Everyone demands an increase in pensions, allowances and wages, level roads and the construction of new schools, but when it comes to taxes that should provide state treasury income, where will the funds for these purposes come from, everyone remains aloof," the prime minister said . Moreover, as Pashinyan pointed out, the declaration does not yet mean taxation of these incomes. Today, he called for considering the initiative as a new form of dialogue. Stressing that only after a broad discussion of the issue will it be realized, Nikol Pashinyan called on the Armenian public to be "openminded" (ed. Without warning, open). "So do we want to be transparent, or do we prefer to be transparent places?", Asked Pashinyan.
Earlier, ArmInfo reported that the State Revenue Committee of Armenia intends to come up with a proposal for amendments to the Tax Code. If amendments are accepted, identification cards (ID-cards) will also serve as accumulative cards, they can be used in shopping centers. As the head of the KGD David Ananyan stated in the video posted on the government's Facebook page, special declarations will be prepared for people with ID cards. "We will give out devices for" reading "cards to everyone. Cash registers will determine the buyer, and when you purchase something in the store, this goods will be registered as purchased in QGD. At the same time, 3% of the sum of all purchases during the year will be returned to the citizen, "Ananyan said.
At the same time, on November 7, 2018, in response to a question from ArmInfo, the head of the State Revenue Committee stated that if a citizen's expenses significantly exceed official income, then tax officials may have questions regarding the sources of origin of these funds. "The state has the right to ask to show also those incomes that provided you with the opportunity to make such expenses," he said. According to Anyanan, as a person he understands the anxiety of citizens who hide their real incomes, but do not understand them, being a tax administrator.