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The Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Armenia for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital was signed on June 29, 2016th.  It requires its entry into force is subject to approval of the legislative bodies of both Contracting States.

An important prerequisite for ensuring the effectiveness of NGOs' activities is their financial sustainability. In this regard, an important tool has been provided for the NGOs- it’s the right to engage in entrepreneurial activities in accordance with the objectives set out in the NGO Charter, which wasn’t envisaged by the applicable law before. Previously NGOs could engage in entrepreneurial activity only by creating a commercial organization or becoming a participant in such a company. Meanwhile, in the Council of Europe member states, except for the Republic of Belarus, Republic of Armenia was the only country where non-profit organizations haden’t had the right to engage in entrepreneurial activity. Such a regulation exists in the laws of the United States and some other developed countries.
Further the NGO-s may, in accordance with its objectives and business activities, carry out entrepreneurial activity as well as establish a commercial organization or become its participant in the manner prescribed by law in the Republic of Armenia.  
The name of an NGO that carries out entrepreneurial activity is its brand name as well. The state registration of the NGO is carried out in 2 days (previously 21 days), if it uses samples available.

The amendments are adopted on 16.12.2016, signed by the president on 16.01.2017.

An Addendum and amendments to the Law "On State Registration of Legal Entities, State Registration of Separated Divisions of Legal Entities, Institutions and Private Entrepreneurs".



The Law on Tax Advantages for Self-Employed persons came into a force on 01 January 2017, which constitutes total tax free regime on certain activities in Armenia. The law is enforceable both on physical persons and private entrepreneurs. In the first case the latest will obtain a TAX number, when applying for the Advantages to the tax authorities.

The law has an exemption for VAT and an excise duty which are payable in ordinary course.The tax exemption applies to self-employed persons where the revenue from sales of all types of goods during the previous calendar year (hereinafter referred to as turnover) does not exceed AMD 9.0 million .

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