ArmInfo. The reforms in the sphere of customs regulation, implemented by the State Revenue Committee of Armenia (SRC) in 2017, had a positive impact on business. This was announced on February 26 at the meeting with journalists by the first deputy chairman of the RA KGD Samvel Avetikyan.
According to him, according to the results of the work done, the SRC of Armenia has already noted the positive dynamics in terms of tax collection. In 2017, customs revenues of the state treasury totaled AMD 318.3 billion, which is 60.2 billion ASMD or 23.4% higher than the same indicator of 2016. As early as January 2018, the customs body provided more than 18 billion AMD to the budget, which exceeds last year's figure by more than 3 billion drams or by 20%. The growth of tax revenues became possible in the conditions of non-payment of VAT at the customs border when importing cars, equipment and raw materials. According to him, since January 1 this year as a result of the coming into force of the new legislative regulations, when importing industrial production equipment and machinery for more than 13.2 billion AMD, VAT was not added in the amount of 2.6 billion drams. Thus, according to Avetikyan, failure to pay VAT at the border, as well as a number of other initiatives, will lead to a decrease in the tax burden of taxpayers and parallel to the growth of their working capital, which can be used to expand business.
In addition, as the representative of the tax and customs agency recalled, since 2017 a fundamentally new approach to assessing imported cars has been applied. For today, according to Avetikyan, the process of customs clearance of the car requires an average of 20 minutes. The relevant information is already posted on the website of the SRC, soon the customs value of the imported car can be calculated thanks to the electronic customs calculator.
Among the initiatives of the SRC aimed at alleviating the burden of taxpayers, Samvel Alexanian also called for the introduction of a certification system, through which individuals will be exempted from the need to pay for customs brokers to submit a declaration for a car of their own use, since clearance is carried out by customs officials without additional payment.
As for the plans for 2018, according to Samvel Avetikyan, it is planned to switch to full electronic declaration, including through the introduction of the "green way". In addition, it is planned to introduce a preliminary declaration system.