ArmInfo. Until October 20, 2019, 2,000 new cash registers will be ready for use. Chairman of the State Revenue Committee (SRC) of the RA David Ananyan announced on October 15 at the meeting of the Permanent Parliamentary Commission on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Issues during the discussion of the report on the implementation of the state budget for the first half of 2019,.
According to him, there is every reason to solve the problem of the shortage of cash registers in the shortest possible time. Moreover, new technical specifications for the registers are currently being discussed. This, in particular, is about their interconnection with POS-terminals. It will take 6-7 months to solve this problem, David Anananyan noted. Due to the lack of cash registers, penalties will not be applied to residents. "This is necessary in order not to interfere with economic competition and the economic activity of business entities," the head of the department emphasized.
Earlier, in an interview with reporters, David Ananyan expressed confidence that the issue with the cash registers will be resolved before the end of this year. According to him, previously cash registers were imported only by a state organization under the government. But then the government liberalized the market, which will increase the availability of devices and reduce their price. With state purchases, the cost of cash registers amounted to 158 thousand drams, while in the free market their price should decrease.
ArmInfo earlier reported a problem related to a shortage of cash registers in the market. In this regard, the SRC of Armenia decided not to fine small and medium-sized businesses that applied for new cash registers, but were unable to purchase due to their absence. The use of a new generation of registers has become mandatory since January 1, 2019. In February 2019, the government announced that it would subsidize the difference between the cost of new cash registers equal to 158 thousand drams and its selling price of 60 thousand drams, spending about $ 5 million on these purposes. This, as announced, concerned 25 thousand tax agents for whom the availability of new generation cash registers became mandatory as of January 1, 2019 and which, due to lack of funds, cannot afford it. Already on May 10, the head of the SRC announced that due to the lack of a new generation of registers, they will be given in order of priority to those taxpayers who have just registered and do not have registers at all. Then, the SRC informed that the SNCO "Office for the Implementation of Cash Registers" will be able to provide new cash registers only to taxpayers engaged in actual activities in border villages free of charge.