YEREVAN, March 5. / ARKA /. Vardan Ayvazyan, head of the Armenian National Assembly’s economic committee, finds extra tax burden for dental clinics not heavy.
Under the new law that took force on January 1, 2013, every clinic with three dental chairs is to pay additionally from 60,000 to 100,000 drams every month in taxes, depending on its location (in the capital city or in a province), for each chair instead of former 20,000 drams. Clinics with more than three dental chairs will pay additional 48,000 per one chair.
“Nobody can convince me that 2,300 to 2,500 drams per day is too much for dental clinics, especially for those operating in Yerevan … The finance ministry’s calculations show that earnings here are far greater than the amount to be paid,” Ayvazyan said Tuesday at a news conference.
He said the amendments were necessary to simplify taxation in this area and to eliminate contacts between tax inspectors and economic entities.
The head of the commission also said that the sums to be sent to the budget are different in different areas of the country. For example, clinics in border areas ought to pay only AMD 15,000 each month.
Ayvazyan said those clinics paying annual taxes beforehand enjoy a 30-percent discount.
The government’s new policy toward dental clinics has prompted the anger of the sector’s workers.
Dentists are convinced that this move will trigger job cuts and even closure of some clinics. They will be left with no option but to raise prices of their services.
Dentists have already staged several protests outside the government building and the president’s residence. ($1 - AMD 410.67). -0-