Category: Armenia

ANCA Renews Drive for U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty

In the wake of Armenia’s peaceful, constitutional political transition – a move broadly welcomed among Washington, DC policymakers as marking a new chapter in U.S.-Armenia relations – the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has renewed its longstanding drive for a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty, a good-governance accord needed to… – Continue reading

Sherman Secures Treasury’s Commitment to Pursue U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty

Secretary Mnuchin Commits During Congressional Testimony to Assign Treasury Department Officials to Work on Bilateral Accord WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, during Congressional testimony Tuesday before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, agreed – in response to direct questioning by Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) – to commit Treasury Department officials to… – Continue reading

Valadao and Sherman call on Treasury to stop double taxation of U.S.-Armenia profits

U.S. Representatives David Valadao (R-CA) and Brad Sherman (D-CA) are collecting signatures on a bipartisan letter urging their Congressional colleagues to request that Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin renegotiate the existing, outdated Double Tax Treaty with Armenia, an obsolete Cold War-era accord, recognized today by the U.S. but not… – Continue reading

Armenia insists on signing double taxation agreement with USA

YEREVAN, September 25. /ARKA/. Until 2022 Armenia will conclude agreements on the exclusion of double taxation with 8 more countries and will pursue an agreement also with the United States to abolish double taxation, Armenian finance minister Vardan Aramyan said at a press conference on Monday. So far Armenia has… – Continue reading

U.S. not going to abolish double taxation with Armenia: envoy

PanARMENIAN.Net – The United States is not going to abolish double taxation with Armenia, U.S. ambassador to Armenia Richard M. Mills told reporters on Wednesday, September 13, Sputnik Armenia reports. According to Mills, the double taxation issue was raised by the Armenian government, and the United States has repeatedly noted… – Continue reading

KPMG: Armenian taxpayers to start submitting transfer pricing papers to tax agencies soon

YEREVAN, June 7. /ARKA/. In 2018, Armenian taxpayers will start submitting transfer pricing papers to tax agencies, Nerses Nersisyan, head of KPMG Armenia department in charge of tax and legal consulting, told journalists on Tuesday. In October 2016, he said, a new tax code was adopted in Armenia, in which… – Continue reading

ANCA and Senator Menendez Discuss Benefits of a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty

Bilateral Economic Accord Key to Growing Trade and Investment WASHINGTON—Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Chairman Raffi Hamparian recently held a working meeting on Capitol Hill with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on a range of shared priorities, including the negotiation of a new U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty. This bilateral… – Continue reading

Armenia and Argentina to exchange taxation-related information

YEREVAN, February 9. /ARKA/. The Armenian parliament ratified today an agreement between the governments of Armenia and Argentina on exchange of taxation-related information, signed in 2015 July. According to the deputy head of Armenian State Revenue Committee Vakhtang Mirumyan, this agreement, initiated by the Argentine side, is aimed at providing… – Continue reading

Armenia eliminates double taxation of property and income with Serbia and Slovakia

The Armenian Parliament has ratified today two agreements to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion with respect to taxes on property and income with Serbia and Slovakia. According to Deputy Minister of Finance Armen Hayrapetyan, the document on the mutual avoidance of double taxation on property and income with… – Continue reading

Armenia and Germany sign intergovernmental agreement to avoid double taxation

On June 29, Edward Nalbandian, Foreign Minister of Armenia, met in Yerevan with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Foreign Minister of Germany and the OSCE Chairperson-in-office. The meeting started in a tete-a-tete format, and proceeded in the extended format with the participation of delegations. The two ministers signed an Agreement between the… – Continue reading

India, Armenia sign protocol to amend tax pact

India and Armenia on Wednesday signed a protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention between the two countries. “The Protocol amends the Article on Exchange of Information for tax purposes to bring it in line with the updated provisions in the OECD Model,” said a Finance Ministry release…. – Continue reading

Double taxation avoidance

India and Korea on December 9 agreed to suspend collection of taxes during the pendency of Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP). This MoU will relieve the burden of double taxation for the taxpayer in both the countries. Two days later, India and Japan signed a protocol for amending the existing convention,… – Continue reading

Panama thumbs its nose at transparency – again

We have on several occasions fingered Panama as a particularly recalcitrant secrecy jurisdiction: our recent Panama Narrative Report spills a fair number of beans in that respect. Its recalcitrance is perhaps hardly surprising, given the quantity of Colombian and Mexican drugs money believed to be sheltered there – to name… – Continue reading

U.S., Armenia set to talk Double Tax Treaty at bilateral meeting

PanARMENIAN.Net – The negotiation of a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty will be on the agenda of the upcoming U.S.-Armenia Economic Task Force meeting, an annual bilateral gathering taking place in Washington, DC on November 19. The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) welcomed the initiative, suggesting that the Administration support… – Continue reading

ANCA Welcomes Congressman Ted Lieu’s Advocacy for a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty

LOS ANGELES—The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) is expressing its appreciation to Congressman Ted Lieu for authoring a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in support of a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty. The accord, if concluded, would, by limiting the prospect of double taxation, remove… – Continue reading

Armenia renews treaty to exempt double taxation with Belarus

YEREVAN. – Armenia has renewed a treaty to exempt double taxation with Belarus during the Cabinet’s meeting on Thursday. In particular, the treaty envisages regulation of the residency of legal entities in the case of dual residency. The procedure for the exchange of information constituting bank secrecy has been specified…. – Continue reading

Ex-PM files libel suit: Tigran Sargsyan demands businessman retract offshore scandal-related allegations

Former Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, who is currently Armenia’s ambassador to the United States, has filed a lawsuit against former businessman Paylak Hayrapetyan with a demand that he refute the “libelous information” spread about him and pay 1 million AMD (about $2,100) in compensation for moral damages. Sargsyan demands Hayrapetyan,… – Continue reading

Armenian parliament decides to double-tax people

The parliament of Armenia has approved amendments to the law on income, setting a 13% tax rate for workers employed abroad. The Armenian government says they should be registered in Armenia and pay taxes in their homeland. Consequently, 65 MPs voted for the amendments, RusArmInfo reports. Armenian Deputy Minister of… – Continue reading

Chairman Royce, Rep. Pallone welcome US-Amenia Trade & Investment Framework Agreement

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) were among the first Congressional leaders to welcome the May 7th signing of the U.S.-Armenia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), a longstanding policy priority for the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). Chairman… – Continue reading

BREAKING: US and Armenia to sign Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills on Tuesday confirmed reports that a U.S.-Armenia Trade and Investment Treaty will be signed during President Sargsyan’s working visit this week to Washington, DC, the final step in the negotiation of a bilateral economic accord long sought by the Armenian National Committee of America… – Continue reading

New Russian CFC Rules Will Impact Inbound U.S. Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, the number of wealthy Russians investing in the United States ballooned in 2014 as a result of political turmoil and a disintegrating ruble causing Russians to seek a safe haven for their wealth abroad. The amount of private net capital flowing out of Russia hit $120… – Continue reading

ANCA calls for increased Artsakh aid during Congressional testimony

Armenian National Committee of America Government Affairs Director Kate Nahapetian testified yesterday before a key Congressional panel in support of increased U.S. assistance to Nagorno Karabakh, Armenia, at-risk Middle Eastern Armenian communities, and the Javakhk region of Georgia. In her opening remarks, Nahapetian thanked House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations… – Continue reading

Selective Disclosure: Armenia’s Central Bank Conceals Data on Offshore Transfers

Armenia’s Central Bank (CB) claims thatsome data regarding money flows to and from offshore financial centers is protected from public disclosure under the law. We say ‘some’, because the CB is being selective when it comes to which information can be disclosed and what cannot. When Hetq contacted the CB,… – Continue reading

101 Countries Sign Up For FATCA Network

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has been in force for a month and still more countries are joining the tax network. So far, 101 countries and financial jurisdictions have either signed or agreed to join FATCA. FATCA is aimed at identifying US taxpayers with offshore bank accounts and investments. Overseas… – Continue reading