ArmInfo.Cash registers of a new generation in Armenia are sold at their prime cost, Chairman of the State Revenue Committee of Armenia (SRC) David Ananyan said this on November 10 in an interview with journalists, refuting the rumors that the registers are sold in the republic at a price several-fold higher than the similar goods sold in Georgia.
"Information is spread in social networks that such registers, for example, in the UAE, can be purchased at a price of 50-60 dollars. Let's be honest and only compare those goods that are identical," he said.
As David Ananyan noted, the cost of imported cash registers is 158 thousand drams, and they are sold in the republic at the price of 160 thousand drams, which is "almost at cost price". They can be bought in installments for 2 years, paying a monthly amount of about 6,700 drams. For economic entities engaged in trading activities in the border area, as the head of the SRC noted, a 100% discount is being made. According to Ananyan, the register, which is applied in Armenia, meets the technical requirements established by the RA government. At the same time, anyone who can import or purchase registers, the technical characteristics of which will comply with these requirements, have the right to apply to SRC, register the device and use it. In addition to the SRC SNCO on the import of cash registers, today this equipment is imported by about 10 economic entities.
To note, the use of a new-generation cash registers has become mandatory since January 1, 2019. Earlier, the Armenian government has repeatedly extended the deadlines for their introduction - first up to January 1, 2016, and then to the beginning of 2017 and 2018. But if earlier, depending on business turnovers, a differential approach was envisaged in the installation of new devices, today the only exception is the implementation of trade activities in the border area. Yesterday in a conversation with journalists, Chairman of the Association of SMEs Accountants, a member of the expanded Council for Improving the Incomes Policy of the Ministry of Finance of Armenia, Vahagn Hambardsumyan stated that the registers may become an unbearable burden for many small businesses. "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 register for 160 thousand drams somewhere in remote rural areas," he explained. Therefore, according to Hambardsumyan, it is worth thinking of canceling mandatory requirement for installing new registers. "It's more reasonable to establish registers on a voluntary basis, motivating it with the fact that the availability of new devices makes the seller 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. While if this requirement remains mandatory, a lot of micro trade points will just close, " he said.