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Seda Ghukasyan

Armenia's Parliament Approves Controversial Flat Tax Bill

Armenia’s National Assembly today, by a vote of 73-32,  approved a controversial bill that will replace the current three-tiered personal income tax code to a flat tax.

Many in Armenia have described the government-backed flat tax code as regressive. Others argue that a simplified flat tax will prevent tax evasion and guarantee a stable revenue flow for the government, thus increasing overall economic activity.

The current personal income tax rates of 23% (for those earning AMD150,000 or less per month), 28% (between AMD 150,000-2 million), and 36% (over 2 million) will be replaced by a flat rate of 23%, to be lowered to 20%.

The bill includes other modifications to the tax code as well.

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