ArmInfo.The introduction of cash registers of a new generation will not lead to an increase in prices for goods and services. This opinion was expressed by Vahagn Hambartsumyan, Chairman of the Association of Accountants for SMEs, a member of the Extended Council for Improving the Revenue Policy of the Ministry of Finance of Armenia at a press conference on January 9.
According to Hambartsumyan, the cost of the new cash registers is 160 thousand drams, but they can be bought on the installment for 2 years. This, according to the expert, can not lead to higher prices in the market for goods and services. Nevertheless, new cash registers will become a new, and possibly unbearable, burden for many small business entities. "I think this is not so good. For example, it is wrong to force a pensioner who opened a small trading stall to buy a cash register for 160 thousand drams somewhere in remote rural areas," he explained.
Therefore, according to Hambartsumyan, it is worth thinking about abandoning the imperative nature of installing new cash registers. "It's more reasonable to establish cash registers on a voluntary basis, motivating it with the fact that the availability of new devices makes the seller more competitive and more competitive with goods and services, let's say for the tourist market, where it's customary to pay for purchases with a bank card. And "thanks to" the imperative nature of the introduction of new cash registers, many micro-trading points will simply close, "he said.
To note, the use of a new-generation cash register has become mandatory since January 1, 2019. Earlier, the Armenian government has repeatedly extended the terms of their implementation - first, until January 1, 2016, and then until the beginning of 2017 and 2018 But if earlier, depending on business turnovers, a differential relationship was envisaged in the installation of new cash registers, today the only exception is the implementation of trade activities in the border area.
The initiative to replace cash registers is also associated with the need to justify the costs for enterprises and organizations. A few years ago, the government received a proposal to oblige enterprises and organizations to use justified expenses to use either invoices in the old manner or corporate bank cards linked to the bank accounts of a legal entity. This measure is inexpensive and effective in terms of identification by the fiscal authorities of both the seller and the buyer. New types of cash register introduced in 2012 are already provided with the possibility of accepting bankcards, and banks have a direct interest in providing the necessary software to trade and service facilities free of charge.