YEREVAN, May 7. / ARKA /. According to the findings of a poll conducted by the Caucasus Resources Research Center (CRRC) among Armenian entrepreneurs, 21% of them see positive changes in the tax system resulting from a string of reforms. These findings were publicized today by Lusine Zakaryan, a coordinator of CRRC projects in Armenia.
The USAID-commissioned study was conducted in November-December 2013 involving also 1,448 households in Yerevan and the regions of the country.
According Zakaryan, the study shows that 48% of entrepreneurs get information on tax changes directly from tax bodies. They also actively use other sources, including the official website of the tax service and media.
At the same time, only 10% of households receive information on tax changes from tax officers, while for 67% the main source of such information are television and radio.
The survey shows also that 63 % of households consider the tax burden rather heavy, while entrepreneurs single out as a heavy burden the high level of income tax.
"The survey shows that 49% of households and 45% of entrepreneurs disapprove strongly tax evasion, saying that many taxpayers try to take advantage of it, “ said Zakaryan.
She said the main reasons behind tax evasion are high taxes, desperate financial situation and unfair approach to different types of business. The respondents suggested that the number of taxes and tax rates be cut, while the text of tax legislation be simplified.
Respondents believe that people would pay taxes with greater willingness if the process were easier requiring less time, and if there were less corruption.
Zakaryan also said representatives of business in Armenia do not consider taxation system predictable, in part because business is not involved in its formation. -0-