EY Baku office signs MoU on efficient tax environment
Baku, 10 March 2017
On March 10, EY Azerbaijan participated in a tax conference entitled “Together Towards Transparency”, jointly organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham) and Azerbaijan’s Taxes Ministry.
The conference invited leading governmental organizations and NGOs from Azerbaijan. It featured speeches on the role of the tax service in reforms, as well as on improvements in tax administration.
Mrs. Natavan Mammadova, Executive Director of AmCham, opened the meeting by welcoming the guests and members of the committee.
In his conference speech Zaur Gurbanov, Senior Manager in the Tax & Legal Department at EY Azerbaijan, focused on events held and measures taken in global best practice to limit the use of cash and to promote cashless transactions. He said: “Alongside the security and speed of payments, cashless settlements have been implemented as a way to counter the shadow economy and improve tax administration since the mid-twentieth century. However, for this purpose it is important to motivate passive participants of the shadow economy, i.e. persons without any specific intention to facilitate tax evasion, to make cashless payments. Therefore, it is essential to introduce various stimulating measures as well as tax concessions or tax credits.”
At the end of the conference, EY Azerbaijan and the other Big Four audit companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding on establishing an efficient tax environment, together with the Tax Ministry and the Chamber of Auditors of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
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