Kocharian Warns Tax Officers Against Favoritism and Protectionism

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–President Robert Kocharian summoned Tuesday top officials from the State Taxation Service to learn whether its leadership is able to meet the projected targets. Kocharian’s press service said if the answer was “yes,” the president wondered what mechanisms it was going to apply to achieve the objective.
The ultimate task of the STS is to drastically improve tax administration, said Kocharian.
“Tax collection indices should be linked with economic growth to constitute a normal percentage of the overall GDP,” he said, implicating that taxes still make an insignificant portion in the overall GDP.
Kocharian said the size of the shady economy is still big, blaming tax officers for helping companies to avoid taxes. This is not an insurmountable task, he said, adding that a crackdown on the shady economy would result in a very tangible outcome.
Kocharian demanded that tax bodies revise their modus operandi, warning that he is going to keep a close eye on their performance. “There are serious reservations and the STS should simply display resolution and work honestly,” he said.


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