Government Establishes Tax Reform Council

YEREVAN (ARKA)–The Armenian Government has established a Supreme Council tasked with introducing into Armenia a new culture of responsible revenues administration.

According to Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, the new body’s task will be to supervise and coordinate the enforcement of tax and customs reforms.

The Income Management Council will carry out its functions and maintain direct ties with the public and various business organizations, he explained.

“The Council has been formed under a comprehensive program of improving tax and customs administration elaborated by the order of President Serzh Sarkisian and submitted to the public,” Sargsyan stated at a government briefing on Wednesday.

The monitoring group will enable Armenia’s citizens to present their proposals to the Council for further discussion.
The council will have a mechanism for public feedback that will allow the public to discuss the implementation of the program, as well as the positive and negative effects of the tax reforms being implemented, the Prime Minister explained, adding that the entire process will ensure a more efficient implementation of reforms.
During a meeting with Armenian businessmen on May 29, President Serzh Sarkisian said that the Government and the private sector must have identical business interests. Both the public, and the private sector, he stressed, requires the creation of conditions that will facilitate the rapid development of business.
The President also noted that entrepreneurs need to have confidence in their government because a businessman applying to Government bodies must be sure that the government will work for his interests.

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